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As Superintendent of the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project (BCMCP), Chris Horton spends his days conducting fieldwork in Western Massachusetts. One of 11 control districts in the Commonwealth, BCMCP is charged with mapping and finding solutions to mosquito breeding in Clarksburg, Hinsdale, Otis, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and Tyringham. To conduct this work, BCMCP needs tough equipment to transport its team.

Like many government agencies, BCMCP works with a tight budget which makes it challenging to obtain adequate equipment for the job. Two years ago, BCMCP needed two 4-wheel drive trucks to allow for increased mobility and logistical capacity. Chris looked into what other districts were doing to obtain equipment and soon discovered the Federal Surplus Property Program.

The program, hosted through the State Surplus Property Office, makes available a wide and unique selection of equipment and vehicles to State departments, municipalities, and eligible nonprofit organizations. When the federal General Services Administration determines that property is surplus, it is made available to all 50 states on a fair and equitable basis. The only cost to the requestor is a nominal administration fee.

Truck obtained by Chris Horton via Federal Surplus PropertyChris contacted the Surplus Property Office to obtain a log-in to peruse the federal offerings on its website, which is organized in an online shopping format. Sure enough, he found just what he needed – two, hardly used 4-wheel drive trucks (one pictured). He put in his request for the property and received it about 30 days later. Chris remarks, “The Federal Surplus Property Program provided a huge value to our small district where funding is severely limited. With the addition of the two trucks, we are able to expand our capacity and operations, thus able to provide better service.”

Chris continues to look for equipment through the site and encourages others to do the same. If you’re interested in learning more, contact the Surplus Property Office at OSD_SSPO@state.ma.us to obtain a username and password to access the federal website and start shopping!

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