Uniforms, Tools and Equipment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Post Hole Digger
Often called a PHD, but you don’t have to go to grad school to get one. PHD stands for post hole digger. The steel, rounded blades are ideal for jamming into soft and hard ground to create perfectly round holes for posts, trees or whatever a project may call for.
Affectionately known as wiggies, Energy Corpsmembers always have this handy tool ready on projects. Used to make sure wires are not electrified, voltage testers help keep Corpsmembers safe when upgrading and changing out light fixtures.
The CCC uniform not only makes you look good, it protects you. And, even better, they’re included when you join.
This important safety tool is non-negotiable. Like the uniform and hard hat, safety glasses are required on almost all CCC projects.
Equipment can vary from project to project, but here is some of the types you are likely to learn to use.
A motorized earth auger is perfect for digging out fence posts, sign posts, or even planting trees. It digs through tough ground, and does it faster and with more precision.
Some CCC project work just calls for a little extra machine power – like lifting giant boulders, clearing out dirt and debris, or moving supplies in a warehouse.
many locations train CMs to drive these; especially useful when moving out supplies at a fire basecamp.