Kern County Fire
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Kern County Fire
KERN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
|PLEASE JOIN US IN RECOGNIZING THE FOLLOWING
FIREFIGHTERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR
|2017 AWARDS CEREMONY|
MEDAL OF MERIT
Engineer Heriberto “Eddie” Martinez for helping to develop the KCFD Honor Guard and leading as Commander.
Ridgecrest Police Department Officers Cory Ballestero and Ricardo Garibay for rescuing a man from a house fire in Ridgecrest.
Community Member Seaona Butz for rescuing her family members from a house fire in Derby Acres .
California Highway Patrol Officers Ryan Love and Angele Vega for rescuing a woman from a burning car after a vehicle accident near Mettler.
Community Member Andres Luna for saving the life of a man in cardiac arrest by providing CPR at a restaurant in Buttonwillow.
FIRE DISPATCHER OF THE YEAR
Dispatcher Tracey Halvorson for excellent performance in public safety dispatching.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL DISPATCHER OF THE YEAR
Dispatcher Tracey Halvorson for excellent performance in emergency medical dispatching.
Engine Company 64 - Captain Greg Sanchez, Engineer Corey Wilford, and Firefighter Zachary Geissel for rescuing a man from a house fire in Oildale.
Engine Company 74 - Captain Thomas Nicoll, Engineer Brian Allen, and Firefighter Ryder White for rescuing a family from the Erskine Fire as it burned through their Southlake neighborhood.
LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Emergency Communications Center Staff - Supervising Dispatcher Christy Shaff; Dispatchers Stephanie Cifuentes, Joshua Luchau, Jolene Perman, Zachary Regan; Battalion Chief Michael Slayton; and Expanded Dispatchers Pricilla Hinojosa and Carol DeSilva for exemplary performance during the Erskine Fire.
Captain Ira Peshkin for his service in coordinating KCFD’s wildland fire training and qualifications program.
Battalion Chief David Witt for his service to the KCFD Air and Wildland Division.
GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD
Community Member Dusty Coughran for assisting residents and firefighters during the Erskine Fire.
Red Rooster Café - owners Taurino and Candice Aguilar, staff, and neighbors for voluntarily feeding hundreds of people in the community during the Erskine Fire.
|WHO:||OPEN TO THE PUBLIC|
|WHEN:||FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST, 2016 AT 6:00 PM(HONOREES AND CEREMONY PARTICIPANTS NEED TO CHECK IN BY 5:00 PM)|
KERN COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER
FIREFIGHTER & LAW ENFORCEMENT HONOREES, PARTICIPANTS: DRESS UNIFORM
|CONTACT:||DEPUTY CHIEF JOHN SILLIMAN - (661) 330-0123|
KCFD Receives Grant Money For Tree Mortality
December 6, 2016 - The Kern County Fire Department was awarded three CAL FIRE grants on Friday, December 2nd. Two of these grants, for $200,000 each, are tree mortality grants funded by the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund. One will be used to remove dead trees within 300 feet of homes in the Bear Valley Springs community. The other is for dead trees within 300 feet of homes and roads in the community of Alta Sierra. Work is expected to begin on these projects in the Spring. Home owners who wish to participate will be required to fill out and return a Right of Entry permit, which is available on the Kern County Fire Department’s website.
The third grant is for a state-of-the-art, remote controlled, tracked chipper and transport trailer. This machine is able to get off the road and up into the forest to treat fuels. This will be used throughout the County on tree mortality projects, fuel breaks, and other fuel reduction projects.
Please contact Kern County Fire Department forester Jeff Gletne at 661-391-7075 if you need further information.
Hazard Reduction Burning on State Responsibility Area Land
The Kern County Fire Department is now opening hazard reduction burning on State Responsibility Area (SRA) land.
A significant change has occurred in the communities of Lebec, Frazier Park, and Pine Mountain Club. The Los Padres National Forest will no longer administer SRA hazard reduction burning in Kern County. The Kern County Fire stations in these communities will serve as the permitting authority for their respective response areas. Permits will be made available to the public during business hours from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. As always, permits shall be provided only to those property owners who meet the clearance and safety requirements.
Tree Mortality rates throughout California have skyrocketed. Click here for information.
Isabella Dam Update
Click here for the latest information on the the Isabella Dam from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Kelso Creek Emergency Operations Plan
The Final Draft of the Kelso Creek Communities Emergency Operations Plan has been released. Click here for access.
Fire Prevention Has Relocated
Please note that as of Monday, March 13, 2017, the Fire Prevention Division of the Kern County Fire Department will no longer be located at the headquarters office (5642 Victor Street, 93308) or Public Services Building (2700 M Street, 93301).
In order to improve Fire Department’s efficiency to our citizens, both offices have been conveniently consolidated under a cost-neutral agreement to relocate to their new location at 2820 M Street, just north of Golden State Avenue. This strategic location (formally the Parks & Recreation Dept.) is across the street from the Public Services Building and will streamline the permit process as a one-stop shop for our constituents.
The Kern County Fire Prevention Division plays a very important role in the Department’s overall mission. This unit is tasked with implementing the policies and programs that reduce the magnitude of emergencies, and prevents or minimizes the loss of life, property, and environmental damage. The Fire Prevention Division provides education to our public, the engineering per the fire code during plan review, and enforcement of the fire code to meet our goals.
We look forward to serving you at our new location. Operating hours will remain 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday and will be closed for lunch from Noon – 1pm. Also, the Fire Prevention Division can be reached at their new phone number (661) 391-3310 for any questions.