Inmate Firefighters

California Governor Declares Drought Emergency in Two Counties

State is bracing for another devastating wildfire season     By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Standing in the dry, cracked bottom of Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency Wednesday in ...

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NIOSH LODD Report: California Trainee Suffers Sudden Cardiac Death During Fitness Exercise

Remember the fallen with the lessons learned     NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program In 2017, a 33-year-old state inmate was accepted into the state’s Conservation Camp Program which allows inmates to request assignments within one of ...

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Oregon Governor Considers Early Release for Inmates Who Fought Wildfires

Certain criteria would need to be met for sentence reduction     SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some prisoners who helped fight the destructive Oregon wildfires last year could be released early. Gov. Kate Brown commended adults in custody who “bravely ...

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Amendment Would Ban ‘Servitude’ by California Prison Inmates

Opponents want to end what they call a visage of slavery     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California relies on thousands of inmates to fight massive wildfires, churn out vehicle license plates, mop prison floors ...

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ICE Releases Hold on California Inmate Firefighter

The deportation order remains in effect     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An injured California inmate firefighter has been released from federal immigration detention and is home with his parents and sister for the first ...

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California Inmate Firefighter Faces Deportation

ICE detained Keola prior to his release from prison     By ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Among the thousands of firefighters who battled record-setting wildfires in California this year was Bounchan Keola, a 39-year-old immigrant from ...

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New California Law Helps Former Inmate Firefighters Get Jobs

Erasing criminal records     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s inmate firefighters will have a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on ...

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Oregon Legislature Considers Sweeping Wildfire Plan

Expanding resources and thinning forests     Oregon lawmakers are looking at several bills that could change the way the state fights wildfires, and how it tries to prevent them. The Legislature convenes in Salem on Monday. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ...

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Sydney Choked by Haze from Bush Fires

Ambulances answer dozens of respiratory-related calls   Thick smoke from wildfires shroud the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Hot dry conditions have brought an early start to the fire season. %2

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Inmate Firefighter Charged in Sex Assault Agrees to Plea Deal

Hernandez was charged with felony rape in Utah     SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he was sent to work at a wildfire base camp in Utah has pleaded guilty ...

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