Conservation Corps receive hands-on fire training at Tahoe |

Conservation Corps receive hands-on fire training at Tahoe

A California Conservation Corps member trains with a fire hose during a field exercise with the U.S. Forest Service on Friday.
Isaac Brambila | Tahoe Daily Tribune

California Conservation Corps members rolled up their sleeves Friday when they participated in a field exercise with U.S. Forest Service firefighters at Meeks Bay.

According to Lisa Herron, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, approximately 26 CCC members received training on fire hoses, medical stations and drip torches.

“It gives them background in fire fighting and the basic tools they need to go out and help fight fires,” Herron said.

The Conservation Corps, with its Lake Tahoe office in Meyers, provides similar hands-on training to local young people between the ages of 18 and 23 statewide. In 2014, crews trained for fire suppression helped respond to the King Fire near Auburn.

Herron called the Conservation Corps training a great asset for both agencies.

“Say there’s a fire somewhere, and the U.S. Forest Service needs extra resources, the Conservation Corps can come out and help,” Herron said.

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