For 2013 fire season

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Inmates at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, who worked as firefighters during the 2013 fire season, are honored during a ceremony Nov. 9 at DRCI.The Deer Ridge Correctional Institution firefighter crews were recognized for their hard work during the 2013 fire season at a ceremony held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at DRCI.

In attendance was staff from the Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service and the Sunriver Fire Department who shared their appreciation of the crews. Family members of the inmates who participated on the crews were also in attendance to recognize the hard work of the crews.

During the 2013 fire season, DRCI fielded 68 inmate firefighters organized into 10-person crews. They worked four different fires, starting with the Burgess Road Fire in early May and ending with the Geneva 14 Fire in mid-August.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Inmates from DRCI pose for a photo at one of the four fires they fought last summer.The DRCI inmates logged 41 crew days in 2013. Inmates selected to serve on the 10-person hand crews complete the same nationally certified firefighter training course as their civilian counterparts. They learn the essentials of wildfire behavior, firefighting techniques, communication and safety.

Inmates selected for the fire crews are low-risk offenders and the deployments during the 2013 fire season were without incident.

Deer Ridge Correctional Institution is a minimum-security prison located east of Madras that houses approximately 770 inmates who are within four years of release. It primarily provides education, alcohol and drug treatment and work opportunities for adults in custody.

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