Uniforms, Tools and Equipment

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Use the tools, wear the uniform, run the equipment. It’s one of the best parts of being a Corpsmember!

The moment you put on the CCC uniform, you feel the difference. Pick up the tools and you’re confident you’ve made the right decision. And, learning to use the equipment for special projects is unbelievably cool, no less very attractive to employers.

These are the hand tools that all Corpsmembers learn to use when they join the CCC.

Basic Tools

This tool has a hoe on one side and a rake on the other. It was invented by U.S. Forest Service Ranger Malcolm McLeod in 1905. It’s designed to rake a fire line with its teeth and cut branches and vines with its hoe blade.

This tool features an axe blade on one side and a small hoe, similar to a pickaxe, on the other. Named for its inventor, Forest Service Ranger Ed Pulaski, it works exceptionally well for digging, grubbing and chopping.

R-5 Shovel
Not your ordinary shovel. This wood handled, pointed blade shovel has sharpened sides to aide in scraping, digging and throwing dirt. It is especially handy for cutting line to stop a fire on the run, and gets its name from the U.S. Forest Service Region-5 where it was introduced as a critical firefighting tool.

Square Point Shovel
Used for moving loose material, sand, top soil and even debris. It can also shape beds, mix concrete, and clean flat surfaces. Whether on the beach or in the snow, square point shovels are versatile and essential tools.

Round Point Shovel
If you have a yard, you’re probably familiar with this tool. Round point shovels are good for getting through hard ground when building trails, moving gravel, rock and debris, and for planting trees.

Rock Bar
These steel bars were made for prying rocks, stumps and heavy objects. Frequently used during trail building, rock bars can weigh as much as 15 pounds and measure as long as six feet.

Sledge Hammer
When it comes to rock work, Corpsmembers perhaps have no greater friend than this tool. Sledge hammers weigh between 2 and 12 pounds, come in a variety of lengths and are also used to break up concrete.

Pick Mattock
This heavy-duty tool can break apart asphalt, concrete and hard ground. Also known as a pick, it is ideal for tilling and trenching. Most picks have a spike ending in a sharp point on one end and a slightly curved flat end for prying or cutting roots on the other, known as a mattock.

Used to trim bushes and cut tree limbs.

Post Hole Digger
just as it sounds. It’s a funny looking but very effective tool to dig a hole straight down.

Your Uniform

The CCC uniform not only makes you look good, it protects you. And, even better, they’re included when you join.

Hard Hat
must be worn at all times when on a work site.

Safety goggles
like the hard hat, these are not an option.

these are a must when handling tools of any kind.

Steel-toed boots
not necessarily the most comfortable but they work!

Shirt, pants and cap
yours to keep clean, tucked in and not sagging.


Equipment can vary from project to project, but here is some of the types you are likely to learn to use.

can drill a hole in the ground with precision.

Bobcats and skip loaders
haven’t you always wanted to learn to drive these? Many projects offer the chance to train and then get behind the wheel.

basic chain saw safety is covered at nearly every CCC location. You will used them  on fuel reduction projects and building trails.

many locations train CMs to drive these; especially useful when moving out supplies at a fire basecamp.

Grip hoist
connect it to a steel cable and a single person can move a 1,000 pound log.

Plate compactor
no better way to tamp down decomposed granite into a smooth, golden trail!

Wood boring drill
can create a hole for dragging a large stump.

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