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December 11, 2014
CCC CREWS FILLING THOUSANDS OF SANDBAGS

In the last few days, CCC crews have assisted the cities of Ferndale (Humboldt County), East Palo Alto (San Mateo County) and Redding (Shasta County) by filling thousands of sandbags.

Corpsmembers from throughout the state are ready to help where needed during the current storms and potential flooding.  The corpsmembers have completed both classroom instruction and hands-on training in floodfighting techniques.
CCC crews have learned proper techniques for sandbagging, building sandbags walls, protecting against a boil (leak) and using protective plastic to shore up levees against wave-wash erosion.
 
The CCC has a long history of floodfighting work and has filled more than 3.5 million sandbags since the program was established in 1976.
 


December 08, 2014
CREWS FLOOD-TRAINED, READY TO RESPOND

 

Corpsmembers from throughout the state have now completed both classroom instruction and hands-on training in floodfighting techniques.

CCC crews have learned proper techniques for sandbagging, building sandbags walls, protecting against a boil (leak) and using protective plastic to shore up levees against wave-wash erosion.
The crews can be dispatched where needed during winter storms or flooding.

The CCC has a long history of floodfighting work and has filled more than 3.5 million sandbags since the program was established in 1976.

 



November 20, 2014
FORTUNA CCC CREW WORKING IN DETROIT

The weather is quite a bit colder than they're used to in Humboldt County, but 13 corpsmembers from the Fortuna Center are spending the next month in Detroit, Michigan, tackling cleanup work from the city's August flash floods.
The corpsmembers will go house to house, removing drywall from the basements of flooded homes and clearing debris impacted by the water.
The CCC's work is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Three Michigan counties were declared federal disaster areas by President Obama after this summer's flooding.
The CCC has sent corpsmembers to other states on an emergency response basis before, including crews to Louisiana to clean up after Hurricane Rita in 2005, and corpsmembers helping with fire rehabilitation work in Yellowstone National Park in 1989.



November 04, 2014
CCC BEGINS FIRE REHAB WORK ON KING FIRE SITE

As of November 5, a CCC crew from the Corps' Placer Center begins 10 days of erosion control and soil stabilization work on the Rubicon Off-Highway Vehicle trail, an area that burned during the massive King Fire.
During the King Fire, which started September 13, as many as 17 CCC crews at one time were dispatched to the fire, working for weeks at a time. The fire was located in the Eldorado National Forest.



October 09, 2014
CCC SENDS CREWS TO APPLEGATE FIRE

 

The Emergency Services Branch has dispatched three crews -- 36 corpsmembers -- to the Applegate Fire which began Wednesday afternoon in Placer County.  The crews are from Auburn, Redding and Sacramento and are providing logistical support to Cal Fire.

The CCC still has five crews -- 72  corpsmembers -- on the King Fire in El Dorado County.  The crews are from Auburn, Napa, Sacramento and Watsonville. 
Since July 1, the CCC has devoted more than 280,000 hours to firefighting and fire camp support on more than 50 different fires.



September 30, 2014
CCC WINS NATIONAL IT AWARD

 

The CCC has been honored with a national information technology award for its new online application process.
The award was presented by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers in Nashville, TN this week.  The CCC was the only California state agency to win an award, which was in the "Fast Track Solutions" category.
The focus of the award was the CCC's new online applications system. Over a four-month period, the CCC recruitment and IT staff, along with Job Science, designed a web-based system for people to join the CCC.  Previously the application process was done on paper, and required more in-person meetings and travel for both applicants and staff.
Since the system went online, the CCC now receives more than 800 applications a month through its website, compared to some 50 with the old system.
Here is a link to YouTube video produced by the CCC's IT staff about the new system:



September 26, 2014
17 CCC CREWS NOW ON KING FIRE

The California Conservation Corps has added an additional crew to total 17 crews assisting the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire on the King Fire in El Dorado County. This is one of the CCC's largest responses for a single fire.
The crews are providing both logistical support at the two fire camps as well as firefighting assistance.
CCC crews are also assigned to the Happy Camp Complex Fire in Siskiyou County.
Since July 1, the CCC has devoted 280,000 hours to fire response.



September 25, 2014
16 CCC CREWS NOW ON KING FIRE

It's one of the largest contingents of California Conservation Corps crews on one fire. Sixteen crews -- 214 corpsmembers -- are assisting the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire on the King Fire about 60 miles north of Sacramento.
The crews are providing both fire camp support and firefighting assistance on the wildfire.

An additional eight CCC crews are helping with logistical support at two other locations.
Since July 1, the CCC has devoted nearly 200,000 hours to fire response efforts.



September 22, 2014
THIRTEEN CREWS ON THE KING FIRE

The  Emergency Services Branch has dispatched additional crews to the King Fire in El Dorado County, bringing our CCC total to 13 crews -- 176 corpsmembers -- from eight different locations.  Twelve of the crews are assisting with logistical support at the fire camps in Placerville and Foresthill; one Type II crew from Fortuna will be helping on the firelines as of Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the CCC has eight crews -- 109 corpsmembers -- on the Happy Camp Complex in Siskiyou County, and two Camarillo fire crews covering the Delta Cal Fire camp in Sonoma County.
That brings the CCC fire response total to 319 corpsmembers, or 22 crews.
Emergency Services' Melinda Allen and Nick Howe continue to work with Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service to respond to requests as needed.



September 20, 2014
MORE CCC CREWS DISPATCHED TO KING FIRE

Two more crews from the California Conservation Corps have been sent to provide logistical support on the King Fire in El Dorado County. The crews are from Chico and Stockton.

This brings the number of CCC crews on the King Fire to eight -- 127 corpsmembers.  The other crews are from Auburn, Fresno, Greenwood and South Lake Tahoe.

Another 23 crews -- some 300 corpsmembers -- are working on six other California wildfires, providing both initial attack on the firelines and fire camp support.
The CCC crews are working for the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.