TEXAS—With the national fire preparedness level is at its highest and critical resource shortages across the country, Forest Service Job Corps camp crews are stepping up to support fire suppression efforts across the country. On July 24, a Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Center camp crew assigned to the Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Command Post in McGregor, Texas, demobilized to stellar reviews.
“The entire LBJ camp crew was highly motivated, very eager to work and extremely courteous throughout their assignment,” stated Incident Commander Les Rogers. They are an outstanding representation of the state of North Carolina and the LBJ Job Corps Center.”
Working nonstop, some days in record 116 degree temperatures, the LBJ crew overhauled the command post supply area, worked with the ground support team to conduct vehicle and equipment inspections and equipment repairs, and provided general organization and maintenance support across the base where needed. The students’ attitude and work ethic was so outstanding that the Incident Management Team sponsored and provided on-the-job training to certify the students as forklift operators.
Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Fire Coordinator Matt Schaefer was particularly impressed by the performance of Kwa’shon Adams and Jamiah Uzzell. He took steps to facilitate bringing the two students on-board as employees once they graduated.
Along with presenting the students with certificates of appreciation and two unique challenge coins, the incident team recognized LBJ Job Corps on the Texas A&M Forest Service Lone Star State Incident Management Team Facebook page.
Following in the crew’s footsteps, a second, equally impressive camp crew composed of students and staff from both the LBJ and Oconaluftee Job Corps Centers arrived to pick up where the first crew left off. Twenty-three Forest Service Job Corps camp crews are currently deployed across the country. These crews support both federal and state public lands management agencies. With the continued emergence of significant wildfires and no relief in sight, these skilled, hardworking Job Corps crews will continue to be in high demand to help protect our nation’s public lands.
The Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Fire Program is managed jointly by Forest Service Job Corps and Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management.