Wildland Firefighting

Camarillo Center Corpsmembers stand ready to approach the Holy Fire in Riverside County after being grazed by a fire retardant drop.

The California Conservation Corps regularly operates more than a dozen wildland firefighting hand crews. Fire hand crews operate year-round and seasonally at as many as a dozen CCC locations. The CCC partners with CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management to provide hand crews to fight wildland fires throughout the state.

CCC wildland firefighting hand crews fall into two categories, Type I and Type II.

The CCC partners with CAL FIRE to operate Type I hand crews. Type I crews focus on constructing fire lines by hand in areas too rugged or where environmental sensitivities prevent heavy machinery.

They generally respond during the initial few hours of a fire and can remain for longer term commitments on major fires.

The CCC operates several Type II wildland firefighting hand crews in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, CAL FIRE, and the U.S. Forest Service. These crews typically operate seasonally, but can be called upon year-round. As many as six CCC centers host Type II crews. These crews mostly construct fire line to help contain and control wildland fires and can perform initial attacks on fires.

TRAINING

• Offered year-round and seasonally depending on location

• Physical training is a necessity for wildland firefighters and Corpsmembers will spend days hiking with heavy equipment, as well as more traditional weight and cardio training to prepare for the rigors of the fire line

• Earn wildland firefighting certifications, including: ICS-100, IS-700, L-180, S-190, Chainsaw S212, and more!

REQUIREMENTS

• Corpsmembers must meet strict physical fitness requirements

• Must pass written and physical tests to earn wildland fire certifications

• Must be willing to respond to emergencies and be on assignment for lengthy periods of time in remote locations

BENEFITS

• Get paid while you train in wildland firefighting

• Hands-on experience and training comes from professional state and federal firefighters

• All gear required for the fire line provide by the CCC

• Jumpstart you career in wildland firefighting, as Corpsmembers are regularly hired by CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and local and city fire agencies

• Help protect local communities and residents from devastating wildfires

See What It Takes Physically to Be on a CCC Wildland Fire Crew!

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