Emergency Response

The California Conservation Corps is one of the state’s premier emergency response agencies. We are mandated by the State of California to make response to natural or manmade disasters a high priority. Crews have been requested to assist with out-of-state emergencies as well.

The CCC can be dispatched throughout the state within hours bringing crews that are self-contained and operating independently on emergency assignments. Corpsmembers work for up to 14 days at a time, often pulling 16-hour days. The CCC tracks available Corpsmembers daily through its Emergency Services Unit based in Sacramento.

The number of available Corpsmembers and resources are shared with other state agencies and made available for immediate dispatch 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

More than 12 million hours of emergency work has been delivered by Corpsmembers since the CCC was established in 1976.

In 2020, California Conservation Corps worked over 1 million hours in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, wildland fire base camps, and fighting some of the largest wildfires in California history.

Three Corpsmembers with extension poles work to remove pests from fruit trees

Agricultural Response

During agricultural emergencies, corpsmembers work under the direction of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to respond to pest infestations and the spread of agricultural diseases.

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Earthquake Response

Cleaning up debris, dismantling hazardous structures, and distributing food and water to victims are some of the duties of Corpsmembers during earthquake emergencies.

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Corpsmembers use pneumatic tool to remove bricks from damaged chimney
Corpsmembers in rain gear line up sand bags along levee atop plastic sheeting

Flood Response

Flood training focused on flood prevention and flood fighting is required for all Corpsmembers to ensure they are ready when called out for a flood emergency or for severe winter storms forecasts.

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Oil Spill Response

The CCC works with the Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) program to train and prepare Corpsmembers for emergency response to oil spills.

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Angel Island 2007 Oil Spill Clean Up
Corpsmembers carrying chain saws coverd in red fire retardant look off to flames in the distant trees

Wildland Firefighting

The CCC operates 17 wildland firefighting hand crews in cooperation with state and federal partners. Corpsmembers also provide basecamp support on large-scale wildland fires.

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Other Emergency Response Efforts

Corpsmembers respond to the human toll brought by natural disasters. Restoring food chains, housing supply and sanitation are projects and skill sets the CCC brings to communities in California and, when called, across the country.

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Corpsmembers use snow shovels atop a school roof to remove four feet of standing snow

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