By Lt. James Crandall, AA/PIO
California Correctional Center

In early 2017, Intermountain Conservation Camp #22 received information that the Early Head Start Program in Burney needed donated toys for the children. So staff and inmates got to work.

Volunteers at Intermountain Conservation Camp gathered materials and crafted a fire house with two trucks to be donated to the local Early Head Start Program in Burney.

The Early Head Start Program is a non-profit organization for young children that allows them to get an early start to their education and young lives. Donations from staff and the local community were gathered for a project.

Volunteer inmates from Intermountain Camp constructed a wooden, handcrafted fire station and two wooden fire truck toys.

Staff from CDCR and CAL FIRE attended a day during “Officers in Uniform week” at the Early Head Start Program.  During the visit, CDCR and CAL FIRE staff spoke about their jobs and shared stories with the children.  At the end of their visit, the wooden toys were presented to the children.

The Intermountain camp first began as an 8-acre parcel of land owned by a local rancher in 1959 when CAL FIRE became interested in establishing a conservation camp on the property. By June 1962, the camp was fully operational.

The camp currently employs 13 CAL FIRE personnel and eight CDCR personnel while housing approximately 75 inmates. The primary mission of the camp is to provide inmate fire crews for fire suppression.

In addition to fire suppression, inmate fire crews provide a work force for floods, conservation projects and community services. On average, conservation crews dedicate over eight million hours of project work each year to federal, state and local government agencies, saving California taxpayers millions of dollars every year.

Learn more about Early Head Start, https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/about-ehs

Learn more about Intermountain Conservation Camp, http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Conservation_Camps/Camps/Intermountain/