Inmate Wildland Firefighting Crews
Through a partnership with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the Arizona Department of Corrections, the state of Arizona has twelve 20-person inmate crews who serve as Type 2 Fire Handcrews across the state. Each crew is made up of DOC inmates from state prisons and the crewmembers are supervised under the direction of State Forestry and DOC staff. These low-level offenders are trained to be professional wildland firefighters, with some reaching advanced qualifications such as Firefighter Type 1, Sawyer, and Crew Boss.
Crews are used during wildfire season to help with suppression efforts, but they are also used throughout the year on fuels mitigation projects across the state. Crews have also been used to help on special assignments, such as search and rescue, diaster clean up, sandbagging operations, and other similar projects.