The California Conservation Corps is perhaps best known for its emergency response work. Since its beginning, the CCC has responded and provided emergency resources for nearly every major disaster in California, including fires.
Since 1976, CCC has a proud history of dispatching Type II (initial attack) and Camp Support crews to major fires across the state.
In July 2010, crews from eight CCC sites assisted CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service on wildfires caused by lightning strikes. And just a few summers back, in 2008, the CCC was committed to fire response continuously for 141 straight days, calling out the most fire crew resources in the department’s history. Corpsmembers devoted more than half a million hours to fire response.
The CCC’s involvement continues today, with key agencies relying and depending on the CCC to be there during fire season. CCC crews and overhead can be dispatched where needed throughout the state within hours. Through its Emergency Services Unit based in Sacramento, the CCC keeps track of available center crew resources daily. These resources are shared with other state agencies and made available for immediate dispatch 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The CCC offers trained and disciplined Type II crews for initial attack or mop-up assignments. This established training follows the federal fire crew qualification guidelines. A major part of CCC’s fire response commitment has been its logistical support assistance (Camp Support) at incident base camps, supporting hundreds, if not thousands, of firefighters on major campaign fires. Each year, center corpsmembers participate in the required Camp Support Training making them ready to be dispatched at a moment’s notice.
The CCC is one of California's premier emergency response agencies. The backbone of our success and dedication rests solely on the backs of our corpsmembers. The young men and women who provide the hard work, receive low pay, and work in miserable conditions, set the CCC apart. Despite working the long hours on fires, most corpsmembers find this experience the most rewarding in the CCC.