Like the mythological Hephaestus (the God of Fire and Metallurgy) who was cast out of Mount Olympus for being imperfect, released inmates face the same scrutiny.
According to CDCR, "(o)verall, there are approximately 3,700 inmates working at fire camps currently. Approximately 2,600 of those are fire line-qualified inmates". Post release, many of these firefighters are ineligible to apply with many departments that hired them as an inmate crew because of their status as a felon. CAL TERRA is working to change this.
Currently in development with several other entities to provide a vocational work experience for men and women who have previously been incarcerated and have or wish to gain fire fighting experience; providing they meet the job requirements and qualifications.
Recently, STIHL USA has authorized CAL TERRA to utilize the "Powered by STIHL" logo in our project and has given the program a discount for purchasing STIHL equipment.
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