Redding - Shasta Cascade Center with Chico and Siskiyou Satellite Centers
The CCC’s Shasta Cascade Center is in Redding, California and manages the Chico Satellite and Siskiyou Satellite. The Shasta Cascade Center does extensive work with project sponsors such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, California State Parks, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Transportation, the Department of Water Resources, and the Cities of Redding and Chico.
The Shasta Cascade Center is a nonresidential facility with about 70 Corpsmembers on three trail crews, and one fire crew. The center has a large classroom, computer lab, conference room, weight room, and large bays for tool and vehicle storage.
The Siskiyou Satellite has 18 Corpsmembers and is located two hours north of Redding on Interstate 5 near the Oregon border in Siskiyou County.
With 30 Corpsmembers on two crews, the Chico Satellite is located an hour and a half south of Redding in Butte County.
4900 Mountain Lakes Blvd., Suite A
Redding, CA 96003
Life at the Shasta Cascade Center
Teamwork is an important skill that Corpsmembers learn at the Shasta Cascade Center. The Corpsmembers in this crew are helping each other climb back up a steep hillside after a day’s work.
The Shasta Cascade Center’s Corpsmember Advisory Board (CAB) is a way to be active among the Corpsmember community. The CAB is the voice of the Corpsmembers. The board members are elected by their fellow Corpsmembers and work directly with the center director on ways to improve the center. CAB members recruit Corpsmembers for volunteer events, manage an active CAB store, hold job advancement workshops, help run monthly community meetings, and participate in conference calls.
Because the Shasta Cascade Center is nonresidential, Corpsmembers are free to do what they please on weekends. However, they often participate in local volunteer events. Corpsmembers enjoy being involved with volunteer activities and are often requested to work with community organizations during large events. Popular events include the Redding Air Show, United States Forest Service tree planting, Sierra Cascade Logging Conference, and One SAFE Place’s Annual Crab Feed.
The Shasta Cascade Center is also an active participant in the annual Creek Cleanup hosted each fall by the City of Redding. CCC crews are a visible force in the community event working alongside local volunteers. Corpsmembers concentrate on fuel reduction and the removal of invasive plant species along the popular Sacramento River Trail with the use of chainsaws, chippers, and other hand tools.
Shasta Cascade fire crew Corpsmembers use specialized tools to put out a hot spot, left from a wildland fire.
During the spike season, crews from the Shasta Cascade Center work on a variety of natural resource projects throughout Northern California. The trail crews work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, California State Parks, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. Corpsmembers will find themselves immersed in the natural beauty of a variety of national forests including Lassen National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Modoc National Forest, and Mendocino National Forest. The projects during the spike season include trail construction, trail rehabilitation, fire fuel reduction, log removal, trail reroutes, water bars, rock walls, and invasive species removal, to name a few.
Corpsmembers are trained in emergency camp support during initial training. This allows all crews to be available to work in fire camps alongside state and federal agencies helping to ensure that the fire camp operates smoothly and efficiently. During the Corpsmembers’ time at the center, they will receive paid training for emergency response work in flood fighting, oil spill and hazardous waste cleanup, and earthquake response.
Shasta 21, the Shasta Cascade Center’s Type II Fire Crew, works in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Whiskeytown National Park, Bureau of Land Management, and the City of Redding. During the fire season, Shasta 21 works on commutable projects allowing the Corpsmembers to be prepared daily for wildland fire response. Fire Crew Corpsmembers receive paid fire training and have the opportunity for additional trainings such as S -212 Chainsaw Certification, Class B Tree Feller, and multiple hours of fire line experience. Shasta 21’s Corpsmembers stay physically fit and obtain work experience necessary to continue their careers in firefighting. Many of the crew members have been hired by firefighting agencies after their year in the CCC.
Education and Training
Corpsmembers participate in Flood Fighting Training to prepare for response to flood emergencies throughout California.
A portion of Corpsmembers’ time is devoted to education and training, often occurring during the winter months. During the initial Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, and Education Training (COMET), future Corpsmembers learn about center policies, emergency in-camp support, injury and illness prevention, and become certified in general First Aid and CPR. All Corpsmembers participate in core training courses.
Specialized certifications and trainings offered at the Shasta Cascade center include:
- USFS Type II Firefighter Training
- First Aid & CPR
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Certificate
- CPR for the Professional Rescuer
- Backcountry Trail Construction & Maintenance
- Bobcat Equipment Safety & Operation
- Caltrans’ Electrical Trainee Program
- Caltrans’ Tree Trimmer Trainee Program
- Chain Saw Training
- Chipper Safety & Training
- Cross Cut Saw
- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour Training
- Herbicide Application and Safety
- Power Tools Safety and Operation
- Safety Stand Down
- ServSafe Food Handler Certification
- Trail Construction and Maintenance
- Tree Climbing Safety
While in the CCC, Corpsmembers are eligible for two separate education awards each year. These scholarships can be used upon their completion of the requirements and graduation from the program. Corpsmembers and alumni can use scholarships to pay for any items included in “cost of attendance” (as defined by the Department of Education). Each school’s financial aid office can provide details on the cost of attendance, which may include housing, transportation, and other costs.