Tuesday, April 6, 2004

ASSEMBLYMAN MARK LENO TO HONOR INMATE FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

WHAT:

The California State Assembly will honor inmate firefighters for their efforts in fighting fires in 2003, one of the worst fire sieges in California history

WHEN:

Monday, April 12, 2004, at 11 a.m.

WHERE:

California State Assembly chambers

WHO:

Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-SF) authored ACR 191, Department of Corrections Firefighters, that honors CDC firefighters for their efforts in the 2003 fire season

Representatives from the California Department of Corrections (CDC) and the California Department of Forestry (CDF)

BACKGROUND

More than 2,750 inmate firefighters, housed at one of 38 conservation camps in California, fought side-by-side with other firefighters during the fire season of 2003. CDC provides and supervises these inmates to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. These inmates worked more than 1.7 million hours on hundreds of fires, saving California taxpayers several million dollars on firefighting costs.