REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS LARGE AIRTANKER SERVICES and SUPERVISION AIRCRAFT SERVICES

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS LARGE AIRTANKER SERVICES 2021-2022+

RFP LAT 2021+
LARGE AIRTANKER SERVICE 2021 ONWARDS

Tender closes 13:00 Australian Eastern Daylight Time (1:00pm) on Thursday 18 March 2021, unless closed earlier.

The National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) invites proposals from suitable organisations for the provision of the services of large Fixed Wing airtanker(s) to assist with control of bushfires and management of other emergencies across Australia. Successful proposers will be experienced, highly motivated, highly capable providers who will enter into a contract to provide specialised aircraft services commencing in 2021, for the 2021/2022 fire season and onwards.

For this RFP, the term Large Airtankers (LAT) refers to fixed wing aircraft capable of delivering at least 6,813 litres of Fire Suppressant or Fire Retardant to a bushfire in a single load. This includes categories of aircraft that may variously be known as Type 1 Airtankers, Type 2 Airtankers, Multi-Engine Airtankers, Large Airtankers and Very Large Airtankers. Amphibious airtankers capable of self-filling through scooping or skimming may be proposed provided they are also capable and efficient as land-based airtankers ground filling with retardant slurry.

This RFP also invites proposals for the optional provision of associated supervision aircraft by the LAT provider.

Note: Proposals cannot be accepted after the closing time.

RFP DOCUMENTS

This RFP comprises several documents:
Request for Proposals for Large Airtanker Services 2021 Onwards, including:

  • Appendix 1: Table of Services (provided in PDF and Excel)
  • Appendix 2: Large Airtanker Services Supplementary Requirements and other appendices
  • Appendix 3: How to use TenderLink for this RFP
  • Appendix 4: How to use ARENA for this RFP

The Specimen Contract (v2021.01.01), including Schedules. Proposers should note that this is not the Specimen Contract version applicable to Call When Needed processes.

Several template documents (Response Forms) are provided for proposers to download from NAFC’s Electronic Tender Portal (TenderLink), complete, and submit as part of their proposal. These response forms include several forms based on specific aerial firefighting scenarios, as well as Pricing Forms.

The Response Forms are:

  • Section 1 Proposer Information
  • Section 2 Declarations
  • Section 3 Executive Summary
  • Section 4 Organisation
  • Section 5 Management Systems
  • Section 6 Infrastructure & Maintenance
  • (Note there is no Section 7a response form. This section relates to Aircraft information that needs to be provided in ARENA)
  • Section 7b Aircraft and Services – Narrative
  • Section 7c Scenario 1. Regional Fire
  • Section 7c Scenario 2. Local Fire
  • Section 7c Scenario 3. Distant Fire
  • Section 7c Scenario 4. Ferry
  • Section 7c Scenario 5. Engine Failure
  • Section 8a Pricing Forms
  • Section 8b Pricing Narrative
  • Section 9 Contract & Other Compliance
  • Section 10 Certifications

DOWNLOADS

All files above are available in the following zip package:

RESPONDING TO THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Please carefully read the entire RFP document before preparing your proposal. When responding to questions in the RFP please ensure your response addresses the question asked.
TenderLink

Proposals must be submitted electronically using TenderLink. Proposers will need to be registered in the TenderLink in order to submit a tender.

To access TenderLink go here: http://portal.tenderlink.com/nafc and select the ‘RFP LAT 2021+’ proposal.

Appendix 3: How to Use TenderLink section of the RFP document steps users through the TenderLink registration and submission process. The submission process includes downloading a number of response forms from the portal, completing them and uploading these documents back to the tender portal.

Proposers will require access to recent versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, running under Microsoft Windows to complete the response forms.

ENQUIRIES

Further enquiries regarding the content of the Request for Proposal and the Specimen Contract should be directed to NAFC via email to tenders@nafc.org.au.

For probity and fairness reasons NAFC is not able to deal with telephone enquiries regarding this proposal.