Nevada inmate firefighters helping to battle California wildfires back in 2014.
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126 Nevada Prison Inmates Deployed to Fight Raging California Fires

A total of 126 Nevada prison inmates – 105 men and 21 women – have been deployed to fight the raging wildfires in southern California. The current wildfire is tagged the Thomas Fire and is currently raging in the Ventura area.

NDOC Carlin Conservation Camp Facility in Nevada

About Nevada’s Prison Firefighters

According to the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) and the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), the 126 firefighting inmates are formed into six crews.

Each of the crews consists of Nevada prison inmates that are incarcerated as minimum-security risks of the Humboldt Conservation Camp.

The crew of Nevada prison inmates deployed to fight the Southern California wildfires come from the following state conservation and fire camps:

  • Stewart Camps
    • Ely
    • Pioche
    • Carson City
  • Jean Camps
  • Three Valley Camp
Nevada Inmate Firefighters Helping to Fight California Wildfire Blazes
Nevada Inmate Firefighters Helping to Fight California Wildfire Blazes. Image Source: YouTube

 

Nevada Prison Firefighters Trained to Assist with Disasters

NDOC Director James Dzurenda revealed that he is committed to doing anything to help those affected by the wildfires in California:

“Our camp officers and inmate firefighters are trained and prepared for this type of deployment. We are here to help,” he assured.

Fighting wildfires and helping with natural disasters, such as snowstorms, is not really new to many prison inmates in Nevada. They are trained to help with such emergencies. T

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he NDOC together with the NDF maintains nine conservation camps with inmates trained to assist with natural disasters. These trained inmates also help with removing:

  • Fighting fires
  • Excessive weeds
  • Flood assistance
  • Cleaning up wastes
  • Other community initiatives
Nevada inmate firefighters helping to battle California wildfires back in 2014.
Nevada inmate firefighters helping to battle California wildfires back in 2014. Image Source: YouTube

Nevada Prison Inmates Ready for Thomas Fire

To this extent, the inmates in the Nevada conservation camps have helped with up to 460,000 hours of emergency intervention when disasters struck in the last three years.

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An emergency incident almost occurs on a yearly basis. When needed, these inmates in the conservation fire camps are in to help without fail.

Wildfires occur in California on an annual basis. Some rage for several days. Others go on for several weeks. The current California wildfire in Ventura has:

  • Killed up to 25 racing horses
  • Destroyed property worth millions
  • Sent many residents packing from their homes

California’s prison inmate firefighters are also working hard to contain the wildfire blazes. CDCR inmates make $1 per hour for their sometimes fatal services. We wonder how much NDOC prison firefighters make per hour.

Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.

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Charles Omedo
Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.
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