REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLANNING SERVICES
Jefferson County, Washington
Jefferson County (“County”) is requesting proposals from interested, qualified, and experienced professional consulting firms or individuals to provide community wildfire protection planning services. A Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes instructions for its completion, is attached. Respondents to this RFP shall submit completed proposals in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with “Proposal for Community Wildfire Protection Planning Services” and the name of the firm submitting the proposal. An original copy and digital PDF must be received by the County no later than 4:30 p.m. PST on March 10, 2023, at the following address:
Central Services Director
1820 Jefferson Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Questions regarding this solicitation must be submitted in writing to Chris Goy, Central Services Director, at email@example.com. Answers will be provided in writing to the requestor, or provided in amendment(s) to the solicitation. The final date to submit questions is February 24th, 2023 at 4:30 pm Pacific Standard Time.
While there may be more communities in need, Jefferson County has preliminarily identified a number of communities for which a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) may be needed. We would rely on the Consultant’s experience and recommendation whether to have one all-encompassing CWPP for the entire County with chapters for each community or to have a separate, stand-alone CWPP for each community. The communities we have identified, among others, are:
- Cape George
- Discovery Bay
- Kala Point
- Port Hadlock
- Port Ludlow
- Port Townsend
The selected consultant would be required to establish and work with a County-wide Wildfire Advisory Working Group consisting of representatives from the City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Jefferson County Fire Districts, the County’s forestry consultant, and community stakeholders. The consultant would work with the advisory group to establish goals for this effort, including but not limited to:
- Develop Guidelines for WUI/FIREWISE residential standards
- Develop building code recommendations for home hardening
- Establish forestry and open land management best practices
- Assist and coordinate elderly/disabled community members with workgroups and grants
- Assist in developing fire protection code language
- Seek state and federal grants to help fund this effort
The County hopes to have this process completed and CWPP’s developed for as many communities as possible prior to July 31st, 2023. If this too ambitious we would welcome the consultant to assist us in identifying the communities most at risk and to develop an achievable schedule that includes all the above-named communities in order of priority. In addition, the consultant should provide a cost estimate to complete the work proposed. Lastly, the submitting consultant will provide a cost estimate to complete the tasks enumerated above.
The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners (“Board”) is interested in developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans that fully align with the priorities and expectations of county staff, county residents, local and county government entities, and businesses.
The Board wishes to protect our communities and meet the expectations of its various constituent groups in the most effective and cost-effective way. Aligning the Community Wildfire Protection Plans with these expectations will help ensure our long-term success.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLANNING SERVICES