Forest Service Fire Shelters

Re-Bagging Service

Freedom Manufacturing LLC located in Saratoga Springs, New York is the only approved manufacturer of the U.S. Forest Service fire shelter polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bag. Freedom Manufacturing will remove your shelter from the old PVC bag and reseal the shelter into a new U.S. Forest Service approved bag including a web strap with Velcro™ and tape reinforcement. Regular shelters will have a yellow pull strap and large shelters will have an orange pull strap with the word LARGE stamped on the webbing.

Your organization will be responsible for the inspection of any fire shelters sent to us. Please refer to the “Fire Shelter Inspection Guide” and only send viable shelters for re-bagging.  Any shelters that fail inspection will be returned to use as practice shelters.

Your organization will be responsible for the cost of shipping the fire shelters to Freedom Manufacturing. Return shipping fees are included in the cost of re-bagged shelters.

Ready to participate in our fire shelter re-bagging program?

Please complete our easy to follow steps below or contact us if you have any questions.

Instructions for mailing us your fire shelters

Step 1

Inspect your fire shelters

Please refer to the “Fire Shelter Inspection Guide” and only send viable shelters for re-bagging.  

Any shelters that fail inspection will be returned to you and a $18 return shipping fee will be applied to your order.

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Step 2

Create an order and checkout

Start an online order by adding the number of shelters for re-bagging to your cart. Then follow the checkout process.

*Credit cards are not processed until we receive, inspect, and re-bag viable shelters.

Step 3

Prepare shelters for shipping

Remove the fire shelters from the blue nylon duck carrying case and the hard plastic liner. Only send to Freedom Manufacturing the fire shelters in the PVC bag. DO NOT REMOVE THE SHELTERS FROM THE OLD PVC BAG! The shelters need to be protected in the PVC bag during shipment.

Step 4

Prepare shipping box

Print a copy of your email order confirmation and place it in the box.

Be sure that your shipping boxes are sturdy enough to safely transport the shelters. Tape both tops and bottoms of the boxes securely. We suggest packing no more than 8 shelters per box. Number all boxes 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3… etc

Step 5

Ship shelters within 7 days

Freedom Manufacturing LLC.
3 Duplainville Road – Building 5
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Attn: Fire Shelter Re-Bagging

IMPORTANT: When shipping your shelters please include a printed copy of your email order confirmation and place it in the box.

Have questions?

Please fill in the form below and someone from our re-bagging service department will get back to you.