FFRP DIRECTLY COMBATS THE INCREASING THREAT OF WILDFIRES BY SUPPORTING THE TRANSITION INTO PROFESSIONAL FIRE / FUELS REDUCTION WORK
2021: CALIFORNIA'S SECOND WORST FIRE SEASON ON RECORD.
Stats and figures reflect 2021 in California, source: Cal Fire. Updated October 2021
The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP) is a nonprofit organization that provides career support to formerly incarcerated firefighters and those currently incarcerated in California’s Conservation Camps; who are interested in careers in the Wildland and Forestry sector. FFRP was developed in direct response to the growing need for wildfire-related personnel. Our mission is to increase wildfire personnel from non-traditional and underrepresented communities, providing them the training, skills, resources, and experiences needed to secure gainful employment.
We believe that individuals who have been or are currently incarcerated in state correctional Conservation Camps "Fire Camps" should have the opportunities and support needed to attain gainful employment in the sector once home. Doing so provides our communities a tangible way to address the ever-growing threat of wildfires while supporting formerly incarcerated firefighters as they navigate reentry.
FFRP is a network of formerly incarcerated firefighters. During pre-release, FFRP participants gain important information and resources needed for successful career planning. During post-release, FFRP participants receive critical job coaching, on-the-job training, paid work opportunities, and ongoing professional development. FFRP strives to ensure formerly incarcerated firefighters have the support needed to find long-term career success once released from state correctional Conservation Camps.