Community Involvement, Firefighters, Rehabilitation

Fire crews help community in many ways

A group of young men in orange pants and tan shirts sit on the loading bed of a large truck. They are joined by two people in green shirts and one in a black coat, who is laughing.
Pine Grove Conservation Camp youth joined many volunteers in Amador County to volunteer at a community health care clinic. Photo by Lt. V. Melendez.

CDCR fire crews work hard year-round to keep communities safe, performing wildfire mitigation projects as well as assisting during storms and performing community service work.

Pine Grove Conservation Camp youth recently volunteered to help with the tear-down of equipment for a health clinic held at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. CAL FIRE Captain D. Grandbois coordinated the volunteer registration. It was a sunny, beautiful day and the youth were excited to give back to the community.

As of January 2023, the CDCR Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) maintains the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp (PGYCC) in Amador County. It screens and accepts youths age 18 and older from counties who contract with CDCR-DAI.

(See the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp webpage.)

Prado fire crews help Tulare community

Prado Conservation Camp crews continue to help Tulare County with flood mitigation efforts. Their efforts included building a retaining wall adjacent to a river expected to overflow.

The primary mission of the camp is to provide incarcerated fire crews for fire suppression principally in San Bernardino County. The camp is centrally located for immediate response to five different counties, but crews may respond anywhere in the state. In addition to fire suppression, incarcerated hand crews provide a work force for conservation projects.

Submitted by Lt. Ruben S. Jauregui

Learn more about the CDCR/CAL FIRE camps and firefighters.

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