Fires. Floods. Earthquakes. Oil spills. When people think of the CCC, images of corpsmembers involved in disaster response may be what comes to mind first.
The California Conservation Corps is one of the state’s premier emergency response agencies. From its earliest days, the CCC has been legislatively mandated to make responding to natural or manmade disasters a priority.
The CCC is best known for its “boots-on-the-ground” mobility and readiness; crews can be dispatched where needed throughout the state within hours. Corpsmembers may be fighting fires; responding to floods; assisting with earthquake recovery efforts; cleaning up oil spills; combating pest infestations; aiding communities impacted by crop freezes; or rehabbing areas burned in wildland fires. And that’s just a partial list.
CCC crews are self-contained and can operate independently on emergency assignments. Crews can be dispatched for up to 14 days at a time and may work 16-hour days. Since the CCC was established in 1976, corpsmembers have provided more than 9.3 million hours of emergency work, responding to nearly every major natural and manmade disaster in California.