CCC Veterans Crews Complete Training; Working on Fire Reduction Efforts
Fifty military veterans, members of four all-veterans California Conservation Corps crews, are now working in California national forests on fuel reduction and fire prevention efforts.
The veterans, based with the CCC in Auburn, Lake Tahoe, San Bernardino and San Diego, recently completed a week-long training under the direction of the U.S. Forest Service.
The CCC/USFS partnership is aimed at easing the veterans’ transition from military service to the civilian workforce and can lead to potential forestry and firefighting jobs through the Forest Service’s Wildland Fire Apprenticeship Program.
Funding for the crews is provided by the Forest Service through the CCC/USFS partnership as well as from the operating budget of the California State Assembly through the leadership of Speaker John A. Pérez.
The CCC is still recruiting veterans for additional crew openings. Those interested may contact the Corps at 1-800-952-JOBS or contact Tina Ratcliff at (916) 341-3123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CCC hired its first three veterans crews in 2011. Many of the participants have been hired by land management agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and California State Parks.
The California Conservation Corps is a state agency hiring young men and women for a year of natural resource work and emergency response. Since it was established in 1976 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., more than 115,000 young peopl
e have been a part of the program.