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Job Corps National Director Visits Fire Crew

 

Job Corps National Director Tony Dixon (standing front row) meets with Schenck’s type II fire crewmembers during his visit

Last Friday, the new Director of US Forest Service Job Corps, Antoine “Tony” L. Dixon, paid a visit to Schenck Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center to meet Schenck’s staff members and students. Dixon completed a full tour of the center, meeting Schenck’s type II fire crewmembers, Education Elite committee members, student government leaders, and several other students on center.

The timing could not have been more perfect, as students from Schenck’s type II fire crew just returned from fighting the Lost Cove Fire, a fire in the Grandfather Ranger District in Marion, N.C.

The Lost Cove Fire had started last Monday due to lightning, and crews were called out immediately to fight the fire. After reporting to the site, Schenck’s type II fire crewmembers went to initial attack on the fire and contained the fire with control lines. They then built contingency lines and conducted project work as well.

Ms. Marstan, the incident commander of the Lost Cove Fire, was pleased with the work of Schenck’s type II fire crew. She said that the crew performed the work in a very safe manner, even in very steep terrain.

Marstan said, “They are a vital resource to the Forest.” Ms. Marstan would like Schenck Job Corps to continue training and developing more students so that they can utilize these students in fighting other fires as well.

At this time, Schenck Job Corps has 25 type II fire crewmembers. Students on the type II fire crew volunteer for this duty and come from various vocational trades at the center. Students that are members of the type II fire crew are eligible to go out on wildfire assignments, prescribed burns, and all-risk assignments throughout the year.

The Schenck Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is associated with the National Forests of North Carolina and currently serves 224 students. The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. Job Corps has provided opportunities to more than two million economically disadvantaged young Americans. This voluntary education and job training program offers career technical training, academic, and social skills training to students nationwide. For more information on Job Corps, visit http://jobcorps.gov, and for specific information on Schenck Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, visit http://schenck.-jobcorps.gov.

(Allen is liaison specialist for Schenck.)

 
 

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