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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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Incidents

Incident Name:  James Market Incident Incident Location: 14000 Block of Highway 178 Incident Time: 11:45:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Bena Incident Incident Location: Bena Road and Highway 58 Incident Time: 9:45:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name:  Wonderful Incident Incident Location: Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds Incident Time: 9:21:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Oregon Incident Incident Location: 200 Block of Oregon Street Incident Time: 4:33:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Quarry Incident Incident Location: South of Highway 223, 5 miles east of Arvin  Incident Time: 10:28:00...
Incident Name: Willow Incident Incident Location: Willow Drive between South Oildale Drive & Hickerson Drive Incident...
Incident Name: Pond Incident Incident Location: Pond Road east of Highway 99 Incident Time: 11:10:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Lacewood Incident Incident Location: 600 block of Lacewood Court Incident Time: 3:58:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Naylor Incident Incident Location: 300 block of Naylor Avenue Incident Time: 7:00:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Tule Incident Incident Location: 400 block of Tule Road Incident Time: 5:19:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Eastern Incident Incident Time: 1:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 09-22-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Cecil Incident Incident Time: 6:20:00 p.m. Incident Date: 09-22-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Mountain Park Incident Incident Time: 3:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 09-5-2017 Incident...
Incident Name: Poplar Incident Incident Time: 2:05:00 p.m. Incident Date: 09-4-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Jay Incident Incident Time: 1:27:00 p.m. Incident Date: 09-1-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Tehachapi Incident Incident Time: 2:40:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-26-2017 Incident Type: Technical...
Incident Name: White Incident Incident Time: 2:50:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-26-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Grapevine Incident Incident Time: 4:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-24-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Harding Incident Incident Time: 1:09:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-17-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Concord Incident Incident Time: 11:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 08-16-2017 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Morning Incident Incident Time: 9:10 p.m. Incident Date: 08-16-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Buchanan Incident Incident Time: 1:02 p.m.   strong>Incident Date: 08-16-2017 Incident...
Incident Name: Highway 58 Incident Incident Time: 3:49:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-13-2017 Incident Type: Grass...
Incident Name: Sierra Incident Incident Time: 11:52:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-13-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Gulch Incident Incident Time: 11:27:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-11-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Grapevine Incident Incident Time: 2:33:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-10-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Calgary Incident Incident Time: 1:10:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-5-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Lebec Incident Incident Time: 2:24:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-3-2017 Incident Type: Wildland...
Incident Name: Gosford Incident Incident Time: 7:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-2-2017 Incident Type: Hazardous...
Incident Name: Maple Incident Incident Time: 6:36:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-1-2017 Incident Type: Structure...

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franklin-arrestedArrest Made September 27, 2017  Today, Kern County Fire Department Arson Investigators arrested Damon Franklin, 41.  Franklin is charged with four...
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08/07/2017
clagary-assist CALGARY FIRE INFORMATION EVACUATION NOTICE LIFTED  Effective 8 pm August 6, 2017, the Evacuation Advisory for residents of Wofford Heights for the...
07/12/2017
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07/07/2017
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07/06/2017
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07/05/2017
arson-caught-3July 5, 2017 Calls for Illegal Fireworks The preliminary numbers for calls reporting illegal fireworks on July 4th. The Fireworks Task Force Hotline...
06/28/2017
arson-caught-2June 29, 2017 9:30 PM Hub Fire:  Investigators Arrest Man for Arson At approximately 9:30 pm, on Monday June 26, a male subject was taken into custody...
06/23/2017
arson-caughtJune 22, 2017 Fire Investigators Arrest Man for Arson On Wednesday June 21 at 9:40pm, Kern County firefighters extinguished a structure fire on the...
05/22/2017
brian-massey    It is with deep sadness and regret that we must announce that Kern County Fire Engineer Brian Massey has passed away.  At 8:00 am on...
05/17/2017
person-of-interest    Kern County Fire Investigators are asking the public's help with locating a person of interest related to a structure fire on the...

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The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a centralized location to support multi-agency and/or multi-jurisdiction disaster response coordination and communication. Unique to the State of California is the definition of an Operational Area, which includes all political subdivisions within the County boundary. On behalf of the Kern Operational Area, the Kern County EOC will serve as the designated point of contact between the jurisdictions within the County, as well as between the State and the Operational Area.

EOC ROOM

eocroom_smDuring an emergency, staff in the EOC will facilitate effective emergency management. The EOC supports multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction coordination and communication.





 

 

 

EOC functions are broken into the following sections:

Management:
  • Has overall responsibility for multi-agency and/or multi-jurisdiction disaster response coordination and communication
Operations:
  • Coordinates support to local emergency response
  • Coordinates inter-jurisdictional response
  • Coordinates emergency management activities through implementation of the EOC Action Plan
Planning/Intelligence:
  • Collects, evaluates, and disseminates incident information
  • Develops EOC Action Plan in coordination with other Sections
  • Maintains EOC documentation
Logistics:
  • Provides facilities, services, personnel, equipment, and materials to support the emergency response
Finance/Administration:
  • Manages financial, administrative, and cost analysis aspects of the emergency response

















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EOC CONFERENCE ROOM

When the EOC is activated during an emergency, the EOC Director, Section Chiefs, and Management staff use the Conference Room to receive regular briefings, establish emergency management priorities, review current objectives, plan future objectives, and formulate the EOC Action Plan. The equipment in this room allows staff to review information from the field, monitor EOC activities, and teleconference with staff within the Operational Area and at the State.

EOC CLASSROOMS/JIC/MEDIA ROOM

When the EOC is activated during an emergency, the Joint Information Center (JIC) is established to coordinate, develop, and disseminate emergency-related public information. The JIC is the central point of contact for all news media. Public information officials from all participating agencies/jurisdictions are collocated at the JIC. The news media receives regular briefings about the emergency in the Media Room adjacent to the JIC.

When the EOC is not activated, the JIC/Media Room is used for emergency management-related meetings and training. The room may be configured into one large classroom or two separate, smaller classrooms.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS AN EOC?
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a centralized location to support multi-agency and/or multi-jurisdiction disaster response coordination and communication. Unique to the State of California is the definition of an Operational Area, which includes all political subdivisions within the County boundary. On behalf of the Kern Operational Area, the Kern County EOC will serve as the designated point of contact between the jurisdictions within the County, as well as between the State and the Operational Area.

WHERE IS THE EOC LOCATED?
The EOC is near Bakersfield College in northeast Bakersfield at 2601 Panorama Drive, Building B, Bakersfield, CA 93306.

HOW LARGE IS THE EOC?
The enclosed building of the EOC measures 6,965 square feet.

HOW MUCH DID THE KERN COUNTY EOC COST TO BUILD?
The cost of the EOC was approximately $3.4 million. These costs include construction, audio-visual/voice data equipment, and furniture. An additional $485,000 of grant funding was obtained and utilized to assist in the building of the new EOC.

HOW LONG DID THE EOC TAKE TO BUILD
Fourteen months.

WHAT IF WE HAVE A POWER OUTAGE IN THE KERN COUNTY AREA?
The EOC has an emergency generator as well as a 2,000-gallon fuel tank which will keep the entire facility fully operational for up to seven days without refueling.

DOES KERN COUNTY HAVE A DISASTER PLAN?
Yes. The County is required by State and Federal regulation to have a response and recovery plan. This plan covers everything from earthquakes and plane crashes to fires and flooding. This plan is maintained by the Emergency Manager and is continuously updated. A major update of the plan is done every five years. Click here to view the Kern County/Operational Area Emergency Operations Plan.

WHAT TYPES OF DISASTERS OCCUR IN THE KERN COUNTY AREA?
Areas within the County of Kern are vulnerable to fires, earthquakes, and floods. Situations such as civil unrest, terrorism, plane crashes, and energy shortages may also be reasons to activate the EOC.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK IN THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES? WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO THEY RECEIVE?
The EOC has four full-time paid staff. The EOC Manager receives extensive training through State and Federal classes. The EOC manager is required to maintain certification for the position and must attend disaster-related classes throughout the year.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THERE IS NO EMERGENCY?
EOC staff is responsible for maintaining the readiness of the County for all emergencies. Plans, presentations, and training are done on a continuous basis. The EOC plans regular multi-agency emergency management exercises for the fire, law enforcement, and other County staff.

HOW WILL INFORMATION BE DISSEMINATED OUT OF THE EOC TO THE PUBLIC?
The Kern County Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services have formed a media task force to ensure an open line of communication in the event of a major emergency. Representatives from the Kern County Broadcasters Association, KGET-TV, and KUZZ Radio have come together to advise us of the needed technical equipment at the EOC.

WHERE CAN I OBTAIN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO KERN COUNTY?
In partnership with local businesses, the Kern County Office of Emergency Services has developed a Disaster Preparedness Guide that is available at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, PG&E, San Joaquin Hospital, the Kern County Department of Public Health, or at any Kern County Fire Station, and online at kcprepared.com.

                 


To obtain assistance with any questions you may have regarding the Kern County Fire Department or its services use the numbers provided below. If you are not sure which services are needed try our general office number first 661-391-7000.

Fire Administration

Address: 5642 Victor Street  Bakersfield, CA 93308
Phone: 661-391-7000
Fax: 661-399-2915
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8AM -5PM

Emergency Communication Center

Please Dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies
Non-Emergency: 661-324-6551

Fire Stations

Click here to find your local Fire Station

Other Numbers

Arson Unit: 661-391-3480
Arson Fax: 661-326-8392
Arson Hotline: 1-877-FIRE-TIP (1-877-347-3847)
Corporate Communications: 661-391-7073
Corporate Communications Fax: 661-391-8578
Fire Prevention: 661-391-7080
Fire Training: 661-391-7110
Fleet Services: 661-391-7040
Public Information Officer: 661-330-0133
Support Services: 661-391-7140

 

Records Request

To request incident information, please click here.

 

 

 

Check out how to be prepared with READY, SET, GO!

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Know What Your Fire Risk Is

Know the history of wildfire in your area. Long periods without rain increase the risk of wildfire. Are roads leading to your property clearly marked? Is your house number clearly visible from the roadside? Create a safety zone at least 100 feet around the house.

Protect Your Home

Remove debris from under porches and decks.
Enclose eaves and overhangs to reduce rising heat.
Cover house vents with wire mesh.
Install spark arrestors in chimneys and stovepipes.
Use fire resistant siding.
Choose safety glass for windows and sliding glass doors.

Prepare water storage; develop an external water supply such as a small pond, well or pool. If you see a wildfire, call 9-1-1. Don't assume that someone else has already called. Describe the location of the fire, speak slowly and clearly, and answer any questions asked by the dispatcher.

Before the Fire Approaches Your House

Evacuate your pets and all family members. Anyone with medical or physical limitations and the young and the elderly should be evacuated early.
Wear Protective Clothing: sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothing, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and a handkerchief to protect your face.
Remove Combustibles: Clear items that will burn from around the house, including wood piles, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, tarp coverings, etc. Move them outside of your defensible space.
Close/Protect Openings: Close outside attic, eaves and basement vents, windows, doors, pet doors, etc. Remove flammable drapes and curtains. Close all shutters, blinds or heavy non-combustible window coverings to reduce radiant heat.Close inside doors and open fireplace damper.
Place a ladder against the house in clear view.

Preparing to Leave

Lights: Turn on outside lights and leave a light on in every room to make the house more visible in heavy smoke.

Leaving

Choose a route away from fire hazards. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.
Notify someone when you left and where you are going.

Returning Home

When re-entry is permitted following an evacuation, it is typically limited to residents of the area. In order to gain re-entry you must provide law enforcement with proof of residency for security purposes. Proof of residency may be in the form of a government issued I.D. such as a driver's license, utility bill or other documentation indicating the resident's name and address.

*As stated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
** Disaster Preparedness Kit specifications provided by the American Red Cross.

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