The Corps Network, which represents 130 of America’s service and conservation corps, recognized the U.S. Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center fire program with a “Program of the Year” award, honoring outstanding innovation amongst youth corps.
Rep. Scott R. Tipton (CO) presented the award to Forest Service Acting Associate Deputy Chief Tina Terrell at the 2017 Awards Ceremony and Breakfast. The Feb. 15 Capitol Hill awards ceremony was the highlight of TCN’s “Moving Forward Together” national conference.
The Job Corps fire program began as a vision in 2013 when Chief Tom Tidwell announced the partnership between the Job Corps program and Fire and Aviation Management. The program goal is the expansion of the role and importance of Job Corps in filling fire positions in the Forest Service.
All 26 JCCCCs have a wildland fire and/or camp crew and a Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer. At any one time, the program has the capacity to dispatch more than 1,000 firefighter Type 2 qualified Job Corps students nationwide to support wildland fires, all-hazard emergencies, hazardous fuels and forest health programs nationwide.
In program year 2015, 1,054 Job Corps students were red-carded for Type 2 wildland firefighting and camp crews. Students worked 3,087 days for a total 206,537 hours, with 10,536 hours devoted to hazardous fuels reduction projects.
At the awards ceremony, Tina Terrell stated, “The Forest Service is very proud of the growth in the Job Corps Fire program. The three deputy chief areas in the agency have worked together to ensure the success of this program and our students. The training these students are getting today will lead to these young people getting fire jobs for tomorrow.”
For over 50 years, Forest Service Job Corps Centers have provided leading-edge vocational training and pathways out of poverty to underserved youth, while assisting in the conservation of public natural resources. Their mission directly supports the agency’s goals of sustaining our nation’s forests and grasslands and delivering benefits to the public.