“This increase in firefighting capabilities on the North Coast has proved invaluable over the past four fire seasons. Crew 22 has been prepositioned within various communities during high fire-danger periods and will continue to be available to all local emergency management agencies,” said Interagency Fire Chief Mike Minton.
“We’re very pleased about this partnership and doing our part to protect our nation’s public lands,” said Larry Notheis, center director of the Fortuna CCC. “This program opens the door for those corps members who might be interested in careers as firefighters or land managers.”
Working together, the forest and CCC plan to continue training and developing firefighter skills. “We see this as only the beginning, and look forward to having Crew 22 as a member of the firefighting community on the North Coast for years to come. This agreement provides an opportunity for men and women from both urban and rural areas to come together and learn firefighting skills and land management practices,” said Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr.
On April 20, this year’s corps members began an intensive two-week wildland firefighter training academy, led by Six Rivers National Forest firefighters. Graduation is set for 9:30 AM, Friday, May 1, in Fortuna. “They’re learning the basics, with a significant emphasis on firefighter safety. Each day the cohesiveness of this crew is improving. We want them to recognize that teamwork and interagency cooperation is a prerequisite for success during wildland fire emergencies,” said Academy Coordinator Jacob Bailey.