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David Witt

Interim Fire Chief & Director of
Emergency Services  

February 8, 2019     

As your Kern County Interim Fire Chief, I never want to wake up in the middle of the night to hear about someone dying because of a fire. The tragic events of last night make our community sit up and take notice.

House fires are somewhat common. We have to be vigilant, as families, to prepare and practice what needs to be done before, during and even after a fire. I’d like to take this time to remind everyone about some of the pillars of being fire safe in the home:

  1. Make sure you and your family have a fire escape plan.
    • Walk through your home and go through all possible exits and escape routes 
    • Know two ways out of each room
    •  Choose a meeting place a safe distance away from the home where, everyone can meet after they have escaped 
    • Once you are out, stay out! Then, call 911.
  2. Close the door. A closed door in a home can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. 
  3. Always have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
    • Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on every level on the home
  4. Always remember, in any emergency, call 911.

For more information on home fire safety, visit our website kerncountyfire.org.

And, don’t forget to follow us on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

State Responsibility Area (SRA) Lookup

Cal Fire has provided a data viewer to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA).  SRA boundaries are those adopted by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in January, 2011, updated to reflect changes as of July 1, 2016. They are the official boundaries recognized by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to define the areas where CAL FIRE has financial responsibility for fire suppression and prevention. 

Click Here to Access the Cal Fire SRA Viewer.

Received a Hazard Reduction Citation?

If you have received a hazard reduction citation and/or need more information click here to request a review.

CONSUMER ALERT: WATCH OUT FOR FRAUDULENT FIRE 
EXTINGUISHER/EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS SERVICE COMPANIES

Office of the Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention

2820 M Street Bakersfield, CA 93301
www.kerncountyfire.org
Telephone 661-391-3462 FAX 661-636-0466/67 
TTY Relay 800-735-2929

This bulletin is to alert business owners there are impersonators utilizing the name ALIK FIRE CONTROL and they are coming to businesses to service fire extinguishers.  These imposters have been using high-pressure sales tactics or deceptive methods to convince businesses to purchase their services.  Watch out for individuals with the following suspicious characteristics:

  • Wear uniforms with patches similar to those worn by Fire Department staff and give the impression that they are from the Fire Department
  • Claim that they are Fire Marshals and are authorized to close the business if not allowed to do an inspection of their fire protection systems and make subsequent repairs.
  • Claim they are there to provide service on extinguishers or hood duct systems that have previously been serviced by another company.

 

The Kern County Fire Department does not endorse, recommend, or send any fire protection service companies to a local business.  It is up to the business owner to seek those services when needed.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a fire protection service company:

  • Be sure that the service technician has proper identification and that he or she is from the company that you selected.
  • Ask the company to verify they have a certificate of Registration and or C-16 License which is valid and current through the California State Fire Marshal's Office and Contractors State License Board.
  • Do not permit a service company to provide service that you did not request or that is not required.
  • Do not pay by cash

 

We want your business, your employees, and your clients safely protected from fire.  Fire protection systems and fire extinguishers, that are properly installed and serviced, will save lives and protect property.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, or if you require assistance checking the status of a fire protection company, please call the Kern County Fire Department Fire Prevention Unit at (661) 391-3310.

Tree Mortality

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Isabella Dam Update

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Kelso Creek Emergency Operations Plan

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Past Incident Info

    Incident Name: Chandon Incident Incident Time: 9:54:00 p.m. Incident Date: 3-15-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
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    Incident Name: Animal Rescue Incident Incident Time: 7:02:00 a.m. Incident Date: 3-09-2019 Incident Type: Animal...
    Incident Name: Mead Incident Incident Time: 9:58:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-22-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Patton Incident Incident Time: 1:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 2-16-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Main Incident Incident Time: 7:13:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-27-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Sonoma Incident Incident Time: 6:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-27-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Henson Incident Incident Time: 20:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-24-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Lexington Incident Incident Time: 3:21:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-21-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Kern River Canyon Incident Incident Time: 13:16:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-20-2019 Incident Type: Technical...
  Incident Name: Cecil Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-17-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Greenwaste Incident Incident Time: 4:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-14-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Rosedale Highway Incident Time: 2:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-7-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 11th Avenue Incident Incident Time: 11:47:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-28-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Highway 58 Incident Incident Time: 4:06:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-21-2018 Incident...
  Incident Name: Olive Drive Incident Incident Time: 10:23:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-21-2018 Incident Type: Witnessed Full...
  Incident Name: Frazier Incident Incident Time: 12:49:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-20-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Philippine Incident Incident Time: 10:07:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-19-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Belmont Incident Incident Time: 11:39:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Donalda Incident Incident Time: 06:25:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-24-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Philippine Incident Incident Time: 05:48:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-24-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Niles Incident Incident Time: 08:05:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-23-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Moneta Incident Incident Time: 08:25:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-12-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Stallion SpringsIncident Incident Time: 03:02:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-11-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Langley ncident Incident Time: 11:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-10-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 17th Avenue Incident Incident Time: 11:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-28-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Houghton Incident Incident Time: 2:41:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-24-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 3rd Street Incident Incident Time: 7:09:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-23-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Brundage Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-09-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 6th Street Incident Incident Time: 11:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 10-07-2018 Incident Type: Structure...

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The Fire Prevention Division of the Kern County Fire Dept. inspects all new construction, major remodels, and fire protection system revisions to ensure compliance with the California Fire Code.

For detailed information on the Plan Review and Construction Inspection process or to schedule an inspection, please call 661-391-3310.

 

When a major emergency hits, a community can be impacted beyond their resources.

It is essential our communities be prepared for potential impacts, that a major emergency can create. From floods to earthquakes being prepared for an emergency may be your chance to survive until emergency services can arrive. Be prepared!

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Emergency Checklist

  • Find out which disasters could occur in your area.
  • Ask how to prepare for each disaster.
  • Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.
  • Learn your community's evacuation routes.
  • Ask about special assistance for elderly or disabled persons.
  • Ask your workplace about emergency plans.
  • Learn about emergency plans for your children's school or day care center.
Create an Emergency Plan
  • Meet with household members. Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes, and other emergencies.
  • Discuss how to respond to each disaster that could occur.
  • Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room. Learn how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at main switches.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911, police, and fire.
  • Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).
  • Teach children how to make long distance telephone calls.


Pick two meeting places and be prepared.

 

  • A place near your home in case of a fire.
  • A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.
  • Take a Basic First Aid and CPR Class
  • Keep family records in a water-and fire-proof container.
 P repare a Disaster Supply Kit

Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry container, such as a backpack or duffle bag.


Include:

  • A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
  • A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
  • A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • A first aid kit and prescription medications.
  • An extra pair of glasses if used.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • A list of family physicians.
  • A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.

For more information on being prepared go to www.ready.gov

WebEOC is an Internet-based collaborative communications system that provides for information and resource tracking, data backup, situation analysis, and dissemination of information during EOC and/or Department Operations Center (DOC) activations and exercises. WebEOC includes a standard suite of status boards that are the electronic equivalent of large, chronological, paper-based boards typically found in EOCs and DOCs. WebEOC status boards are electronic displays that provide the ability to post, transmit, and share real-time information among WebEOC users.

DATES: See Below
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Kern County EOC, 2601 Panorama Drive, Building B, Bakersfield
(Press “5” at the front gate keypad for entry)
INTENDED AUDIENCE: This training is targeted towards personnel likely to be assigned to an EOC or DOC during activations and exercises in Kern County.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: During each two-hour training session, students will login to WebEOC. Using the WebEOC control panel, students will practice standard functions such as posting or updating Activity Log entries, making or updating Mission/Task requests, and sending messages to other students. The same material will be covered during each session.

 

 

WebEOC is an Internet-based collaborative communications system that provides for information and resource tracking, data backup, situation analysis, and dissemination of information during EOC and/or Department Operations Center (DOC) activations and exercises. WebEOC includes a standard suite of status boards that are the electronic equivalent of large, chronological, paper-based boards typically found in EOCs and DOCs. WebEOC status boards are electronic displays that provide the ability to post, transmit, and share real-time information among WebEOC users.Click here to login to WebEOC

 

WebEOC Basic Training

 

Kern County OES is pleased to offer WebEOC Basic Training. 

 

Course Description

 

During each two-hour training session, students will login to WebEOC. Using the WebEOC control panel, students will practice standard functions such as posting or updating Activity Log entries, making or updating Mission/Task requests, and sending messages to other students. The same material will be covered during each session.

 

Intended Audience

 

This training is targeted towards personnel likely to be assigned to an EOC or DOC during activations and exercises in Kern County.

 

Registration

Click here to register online.  

Or download a registration form. If you are interested in attending a session, please complete the registration form and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (email) or (661) 873-2699 (fax).

 

 

Questions?

 

If you have questions about WebEOC or the Basic Training courses, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (661) 873-2603.

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