The American River Current

California sees a decline in firefighters as many incarcerated firefighters in the Conservation Camp Program (CCP) have been released due to prison overcrowding and the fear of outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus within prisons. Upon release, these people were not eligible for professional employment as firefighters. Gov. Gavin Newsome decided to change this reality by signing AB-2147 which allows incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release. (File photo)

Newsom signs legislation allowing incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release

Oden Taylor, Feature Editor October 19, 2020

“I remember intense heat and smoke, exploding trees and the eerie orange glow at night sleeping in the hose bed of the fire engine,” Byron Gustafson said as he recalled his career in firefighting.  Gustafson...

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