Men seeking to better themselves and protect Californians recently braved the first days of sweltering heat to practice what they’ve learned in a multi-camp fire crew training exercise. The Ishi Fire Crew Exercise, an annual endeavor to get inmate firefighters prepped for the season, drew inmate firefighters from camps across northern California.
Continuing the almost 40-year tradition, inmates and staff members from Growlersburg Conservation Camp, CC#33, delivered 27 new bikes to children in the local community.
Since July 22, the Soberanes Fire has been burning in Monterey County. CDCR’s Gabilan Conservation Camp has been doing its part in the effort to combat the fire, recently hosting 31 strike teams, according to Correctional Lt. Michael Nilsson, camp commander.
The inmates of Camp Cuesta, at the California Men’s Colony, recently embarked on their annual fire preparedness exercise, known as the Bautista Exercise.
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp recently recognized its 70th anniversary with an open house. Youth offenders led tours and staff members discussed the day-to-day operations at the camp. It is the oldest continuously operating fire camp in the country.