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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.

Fire Hazard Reduction Information Update for 2017

A Fire Hazard Reduction Notification has been issued for 2017.   Click the Hazard Reduction Tab for more information.

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.

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

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.

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Extra help is temporary and has a limited term (up to 9 months). There are no benefits. Extra help employees must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job specification. Job titles listed may not have current openings. Your online application will be retained in our extra help database for 6 months. County departments will select applications from the database as needed.




Under general direction, is primarily responsible for the coordination of aircraft operations when fixed and/or rotary wing aircraft are operating on an incident.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This classification serves in an administrative and field supervision role in the operation of the Fire Department’s fixed and rotary wing firefighting program. The Air Tactical Group Supervisor is expected to work with a minimum of supervision and reports to an assigned Deputy Chief. The classification is limited to extra help employment.

Salary: $4,270 - $5,213 monthly pay range



Under direction, maintains, repairs, and modifies to critically close tolerance helicopter and fixed wing aircraft to ensure airworthiness and to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics
The Aircraft Mechanic position repairs and services aircraft and engines as determined by assignment Incumbents perform job duties under the direction of the Supervising Aircraft Mechanic.

Salary: $3,042 - $3,713 monthly pay range



Under direction, operates a fixed wing aircraft and/or rotary wing aircraft in support of firefighting, rescue and fire prevention activities. Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications for either fixed wing, rotary wing or both, depending on needs of the Fire Department at time of recruitment.

Salary: $6,176 - $7,915 monthly pay range



Under direction of the shift supervisor, to receive emergency and non-emergency telephone and radio calls and dispatch equipment; to operate a computer aided dispatch system; and to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the entry level class in the Fire Dispatcher series. Positions in this class work in a learning capacity performing duties of increased responsibilities as experience is gained. Promotion to Fire Dispatcher II is considered on a merit basis subject to Department Head's recommendation and approval by the Director of Personnel.

Salary: $2,504 - $3,057 monthly pay range



Under direction, to make major and minor repairs on fire equipment.

Salary: $2,952 - $3,604 monthly pay range



Under supervision, to lubricate and service light and heavy fire equipment used in connection with the suppression and prevention of fires; and to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics
The Fire Equipment Service Worker classification is a single class position allocated to the Fire Department. Incumbents are expected to service and maintain specialized fire equipment. It is distinguished from the Fire Equipment Mechanic by the latter’s responsibility to repair heavy motorized equipment, including diesel engines.

Salary: $2,199 - $2,685 monthly pay range



Under supervision, responsible for inspection, testing, repair and maintenance of tools and equipment used in connection with rescue operations, emergency medical treatment and the suppression and prevention of fires.

Distinguishing Characteristics
Incumbents are expected to keep abreast of current technical skills related to specialized emergency services equipment and are expected to perform the work at a variety of locations throughout Kern County, including Headquarters, fire stations and emergency incidents, when necessary.

Salary: $2,370 - $2,894 monthly pay range



Under supervision, serves as supervisor of a wild land fire suppression crew.

Distinguishing Characteristics
The Seasonal Fire Supervisor exercises the full range of supervisory duties by assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of a seasonal fire crew. The incumbent is expected to work independently, use good judgment and initiative in the performance of duties. It is distinguished from the Seasonal Firefighter III level by its responsibility to supervise fire crews.

Salary: $15.14/hr



Under close supervision, to learn to suppress wildland fires and to serve as a member of a wildland fire suppression crew

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the entry level of the Seasonal Firefighter classification series. Incumbents perform in a learning capacity to gain working knowledge of fire behavior, fire control and fire suppression techniques.

Salary: $10.82/hr



Under supervision serves as a moderately skilled crew member of a wildland fire suppression crew.

Distinguishing Characteristics
The Seasonal Firefighter II is the journey level in the Seasonal Firefighter series and has a good working knowledge of fire behavior and fire control and suppression techniques. Assignments are often carried out independently without specific instructions. Problems involving unfamiliar conditions are referred to the crew leader for guidance.

Salary: $12.14/hr



Under general supervision, serves as a skilled crew member of a wildland fire suppression crew.

Distinguishing Characteristics
The Seasonal Firefighter III is the advanced level in the Seasonal Firefighter series. This position functions in a lead capacity under the direction of the Seasonal Fire Supervisor. Incumbents have an enhanced working knowledge of fire behavior and fire control and suppression techniques. It is distinguished from the Seasonal Firefighter II level by virtue of the lead responsibility Assignments are often carried out independently without specific instructions. Problems involving unfamiliar conditions are referred to the supervisor for guidance.

Salary: $13.58/hr

If a recruitment has a closing date of continuous it may be suspended or closed without prior notice. If a job has a specific closing date, applications must be submitted by 5PM on that date.

For all current job openings please visit: County Jobs Website


Firefighter Trainee / Recruit

Seeking a career in the Fire Service is very competitive and we commend you for embarking on such an exciting opportunity. The Kern County Fire Department is nationally renowned for its professionalism and commitment to duty. We have assisted at such incidents as the Katrina Hurricane Disaster, Columbia Shuttle Disaster and Recovery, 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon, as well as numerous other significant events and wild fires around the country, many more in our own state. Every day Kern County Firefighters affect the lives of those we are sworn to serve by providing medical assistance, rescuing vehicle accident victims, fighting structure fires, or providing fire safety and education information to our cities and communities.

The road to becoming a firefighter is a long and arduous one. For those of you who complete the journey, the rewards are too many to mention. A career in the Fire Service is rife with excitement, fulfillment, and purpose.
We hope that you are encouraged by this advice and the information contained on this page is helpful to you in starting your own journey towards the highly prized career as a Kern County Firefighter.


Steps to becoming a Firefighter:

  • Submit Application (We are not currently accepting applications)
  • Written Examination (Qualifying Only)
  • Performance/Skills Exam (Weighted)
  • Physical Ability Pre-Test Orientation (Optional)
  • Physical Ability Exam (Qualifying Only) (Prep Guide) (YouTube)
  • Oral Exam (Weighted)
  • Background/Pre-Employment Evaluation (Qualifying Only)



Please complete the Application for Permit and Application for Standby when requesting a Fire Safety Officer (FSO) for filming or special effects event.

Email the completed forms to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   A confirmation will be sent when the Applications have been received.

Cost of Permit:  $100

Safety Officer:  $140 per hour/minimum 2 hours

Engine with 2 personnel:   $235 per hour/minimum 2 hours

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