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More Than Three Decades of Emergency Response


The Corps is probably best known for its emergency response. You’ve no doubt seen CCC crews on TV, battling wildfires, sandbagging against floods and helping out after other natural disasters.


Since its earliest days, emergency response has been a part of the CCC’s mission.  It was also part of the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s.


After the California program was established in 1976, the first 20 months of operation would foreshadow the Corps’ emergency response involvement for decades to come.  During the 1970s, the CCC’s work included assisting with fire suppression in the Klamath National Forest; helping with cleanup after the 1977 Sycamore Canyon Fire in Santa Barbara; providing flood relief and debris removal in Corona, Mendota and Vallejo; assisting with snow removal in Alpine, Calaveras and Mono counties, and aiding with storm damage control along the Monterey coast.


Looking back more than three decades later, here are a few of the highlights:





Oil spills

Pest infestations

Hurricane recovery


And still more.


Among the many other efforts CCC crews have been involved in over the years are food bank and food distribution work following the 1990 and 1998 citrus freezes in the Central Valley; recovery work following the 1992 Los Angeles riots; search and rescue efforts for lost persons; and logistical support during Humphrey the Whale’s 1985 appearance in inland waters.


Corpsmembers on a Delta bridge during Humphrey the Whale’s 1985 Delta sojourn.

Historical Response

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