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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

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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Past Incident Info

    Incident Name: Chandon Incident Incident Time: 9:54:00 p.m. Incident Date: 3-15-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Crestmont Incident Incident Time: 3:55:00 a.m. Incident Date: 3-10-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    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...

Latest News

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01/14/2019
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11/27/2018
burning-restrictions  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Open Burning Restrictions and...
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09/12/2018
digierevacadvisory    STATUS UPDATE:  Evacuation Order Has Been Lifted To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information...
07/09/2018
heatrelatedinjuries  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Tom Ellison, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Heat Related Injuries   This...
06/29/2018
kern-county-fire-assists-in-northern-californiaKern County Fire has sent three fire engines and a total of 18 people Sunday night to help battle fires in Northern California, where the governor has...
03/20/2018
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resource-updateKCFD Out-of-County Resource Update December 8, 2017  Firefighters, Fire Crews, Fire Dozers, and even Fire Mechanics from the Kern County Fire Department...
11/16/2017
helicopter-articleKern Helicopter In High Demand    This article features helicopters out fitted for night flying in high demand.    Follow the link to a great article...
10/17/2017
helitack-herosFirefighters Tackle California Wildfires October 17, 2017    This article features the Helitack Heroes of H408 and includes some quotes and several...
09/27/2017
puertorico-deploymentsKCFD Deploys Personnel to Puerto Rico and Throughout California September 27, 2017  The Kern County Fire Department has 60 firefighters battling wildfires...
09/27/2017
franklin-arrestedArrest Made September 27, 2017  Today, Kern County Fire Department Arson Investigators arrested Damon Franklin, 41.  Franklin is charged with four...
09/03/2017
station72-equipment  New Equipment Delivered to Station 72 in Lake Isabella August 31, 2017  Kern County Firefighters at Station 72 in Lake Isabella received a brand-new...
08/14/2017
arson-arrested KCFD ARSON INVESTIGATORS MAKE AN ARREST Public Information Officer: (661) 330-0133 August 11, 2017  Following an exhaustive investigation, Kern...

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Help Us Help You: Your Guide to Calling 9-1-1 Emergency Services

 

To best respond to an emergency situation, call takers, dispatchers and first responders need your help. Familiarize yourself and those living or visiting your home with the following tips to ensure that the 9-1-1 call taker will be able to process your emergency call efficiently and send assistance as quickly as possible.

 

9-1-1 NEEDS TO KNOW WHERE TO GO

• When calling 9-1-1, one of the first things you’ll be asked to provide is the location of the emer­gency you’re reporting.

• The call taker may not automatically know your location or may ask you to confirm it.

• Make sure you provide as much detail on your location as possible, such as landmarks, cross streets and mileposts.

 

KNOW YOUR CELL WELL

 • The current 9-1-1 system is designed for voice communications only.

• Texting 9-1-1 is not an option in most locales; you must dial 9-1-1 and speak with a call taker.

• Pull over when driving, if possible. This reduces the chance of a dropped call.

• Lock your keypad when you’re not using your phone, so 9-1-1 isn’t dialed by mistake. For the same reason, don’t put 9-1-1 on speed dial.

• Do not give old phones to children as toys. A wireless phone with no active service can still call 9-1-1.

• If you accidentally call 9-1-1, stay on the line and tell the call taker that you do not have an emergency.

• Calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone is always free and it is never necessary to dial an area code.

 

9-1-1 IS FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY

• Call 9-1-1 for emergencies only. It is appropri­ate to call 9-1-1 when you need to save a life, stop a crime or report a fire.

• 9-1-1 is the right number to call in an emergency when a prompt response is needed.

• If you are not sure you have an emergency to report, call 9-1-1 and let the call taker decide.

 

KNOW HOW TO USE 9-1-1 WITH THE PHONE YOU OWN

 • Before you need help in an emergency, be sure to understand how the type of phone you use affects your call to 9-1-1. It is important to know the capabilities of the device you are using (landline, cellular, VoIP).

• Cell phones may not automatically tell 9-1-1 where you are so be prepared to provide de­tailed information about your location.

 

REMAIN CALM, BE PREPARED

 • Try to stay calm, give information and follow all instructions.

• Professional call-takers are trained to get infor­mation from you. Listen carefully and answer as concisely as possible.

• Remember that even if the dispatcher is still asking questions or giving instructions, help is on the way.

 

HELP 9-1-1 HELP YOU

 • The more you know what to expect when you call 9-1-1, the faster 9-1-1 can get you the help you need.

• You can save a life! Follow all instructions the 9-1-1 call taker gives you, and don’t hang up until the call taker does. If you get cut off, call back and explain that you were cut off.

This information is a public service of The National 9-1-1 Education Coalition.

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.

APPLY ONLINE

 

AIR TACTICAL GROUP SUPERVISOR: Job Info

Definition
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

 

AIRCRAFT MECHANIC: Job Info

Definition
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

 

FIRE AIRCRAFT PILOT: Job Info

Definition
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

 

FIRE DISPATCHER I: Job Info

Definition
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

 

FIRE EQUIPMENT MECHANIC: Job Info

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

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

 

FIRE EQUIPMENT SERVICE WORKER: Job Info

Definition
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

 

FIRE EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN: Job Info

Definition
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

 

SEASONAL FIRE SUPERVISOR: Job Info

Definition
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

 

SEASONAL FIREFIGHTER I: Job Info

Definition
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

 

SEASONAL FIREFIGHTER II: Job Info

Definition
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

 

SEASONAL FIREFIGHTER III: Job Info

Definition
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

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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)

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