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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: Highway 33 Incident Incident Location: 13600 block of Highway 33 Incident Time: 10:49:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Gromer Incident Incident Location: 28900 block of Gromer Avenue Incident Time: 1:18:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Grapevine Incident Incident Location: I-5 at Grapevine Road Incident Time: 3:31:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Keene Incident Incident Location: 2 miles northwest of Keene Incident Time: 11:55:00 a.m. Incident...
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...

Latest News

11/16/2017
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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...
08/08/2017
clagary-final CALGARY FIRE FINAL STATUS UPDATE On Call Fire Information Officer: (661) 330-0133 Wofford Heights, CA:  August 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. This will be the...
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
firefighters-assistKern County Firefighters Assist Throughout California July 11, 2017 The Kern County Fire Department has sent 64 personnel to assist with battling...
07/07/2017
paramadics-supportKCFD Paramedics Provide Advanced Life Support to Mountain Community July 6, 2017 Over the July 4th weekend Paramedics at Kern County Fire Station 58 in...
07/06/2017
fireworks-statsFIREWORKS 2017 STATS Fireworks Taskforce Personnel July 4, 2017 15 Call Center Personnel 25  Cost for Personnel...
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...

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The California Legislature has declared that access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state. The California Public Records Act, Government Code Section 6250 et seq., requires public records to be available to the public upon request. KCFD has established the following guidelines to ensure that members of the public fully understand and are afforded the opportunity to use their right to inspect and obtain copies of public records. A copy of these guidelines is posted in each KCFD location. A copy of these guidelines will be provided free of charge upon request.

 

WHAT ARE ‘PUBLIC RECORDS’?

 

“Public records” include any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used or retained by KCFD regardless of physical form or characteristics. “Writing’ means handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostatting, photography, and every other means of recording upon any form of communication or representation, including letters, words, pictures, sounds or symbols or any combination thereof, and all papers, maps, magnetic or paper tapes, photographic films and prints, magnetic or punched cards, discs, drums and other documents. ‘Member of the public’ means any person, except a member, agent, officer, or employee of federal, state, or local agency acting within the scope of his or her membership, agency, office, or employment.

 

WHEN MAY PUBLIC RECORDS BE INSPECTED?

 

Public records are open to inspection during KCFD office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state holidays. The inspection of public records is subject to a rule of reason as to time and duration and must be consistent with the efficient functioning of KCFD offices. KCFD requests any person who wishes to inspect public records to telephone the Corporate Communication Office or the appropriate KCFD Location to schedule an appointment to inspect the records. It is the policy of KCFD that records not exempt from disclosure by state law will be open for public inspection with the least possible delay and expense to the requesting party.

 

HOW DOES THE PUBLIC OBTAIN ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS?

 

All requests for records are directed to the Department's Corporate Communications Office for review and advice. When you receive a request for documents or records, FAX the request to the Department's Corporate Communication Office.

 

KCFD Corporate Communications Office

FAX: 661-391-8578

TEL: 661-391-7068

EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • It is important to include the following information in your request, so that we may answer your request in a timely manner:
  • A statement that you are requesting information under the PRA.
  • A clear and specific description of the information you are requesting. If possible, identify dates, subjects, titles, or authors of the documents requested.
  • An explanation of what the information will be used for (i.e. scholarly purpose, commercial use, personal use). This will help us determine what fees, if any, to charge you for the information.
  • If you are requesting a waiver of fees, please state why you believe you are entitled to the waiver.
  • Your contact information, including name, address, phone, fax, and email. Within 10 days from the date the request is received, KCFD will determine whether the request, in whole or in part, seeks copies of disclosable public records in KCFD’s possession and notify the requestor of such determination. In unusual circumstances, the 10-day time limit may be extended up to 14 days by written notice by KCFD to the requestor, setting forth the reason for the time extension. Unusual circumstances include:

 

(1) the need to search for and collect the requested records from field facilities or other establishments that are separate from the office processing the request,

(2) the need to search for, collect, and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records that are demanded in a single request,

(3) the need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, with another agency having substantial interest in KCFD’s determination of the request or among 2 or more components of KCFD having substantial subject matter interest therein,

(4) the need to compile data, write programming language or a computer program, or construct a computer report to extract data. KCFD may request additional information if the request is not specific enough to permit identification of the requested records. If KCFD determines it shall comply with the request, the records will be made available as promptly as is reasonably practicable. While KCFD shall disclose identifiable and existing records, KCFD is not required to synthesize, manufacture, or summarize records, i.e., develop new records in response to a request.

 

Records in Electronic Format

Upon request, KCFD shall make available any public record in electronic format in any electronic format in which KCFD holds the information or in the format requested if the requested format is one that has been used by KCFD to create copies for its own use or for provision to other agencies.

 

WILL THERE BE A FEE?

A request for a copy of an identifiable public record or information produced therefrom must be accompanied by payment of fees to cover the direct costs of duplication, which will be based on a fee of $.10 per standard reproduced page.

 

 

Fees for Records In Electronic Format

The requestor shall bear the direct costs of duplication of producing a copy of a record in electronic format and shall also bear the costs to construct a record and the programming and computer services necessary if:

 

(1) KCFD is required to produce a copy of an electronic record and the record is one that is produced only at otherwise regularly scheduled intervals or

(2) KCFD is required to perform data compilation, extraction, or programming to produce the record.

 

WHAT WILL KCFD’S RESPONSE TO A RECORDS REQUEST INCLUDE?

In responding to information requests, KCFD will advise the person submitting the request, by telephone or by mail as appropriate, of:

(1) the location, date, and time at which the requested records may be inspected;

(2) if copies of records are requested, the cost of providing such copies;

(3) which of the records requested are not subject to disclosure as public records pursuant

 

WHAT RECORDS ARE NOT OPEN FOR INSPECTION?

In balancing the public’s right to access public records with the recognized individual right of privacy and the need for KCFD to be able to competently perform its duties, the Legislature has established certain categories of records, which may be exempt from public disclosure. A complete list of statutory exemptions is found in the California Public Records Act. Records exempt for disclosure that pertain to KCFD include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

a. Preliminary drafts, notes, or inter-agency or intra-agency memoranda which are not retained by KCFD in the ordinary course of business, provided that the public interest in withholding such records clearly outweighs the public interest in disclosure;

b. Records pertaining to pending litigation to which KCFD is a party, or to claims made until such litigation or claim has been finally adjudicated or otherwise settled;

c. Personnel, medical, or similar files, the disclosure of which would constitute an

unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;

d. Records of complaints to or investigations conducted by KCFD for law enforcement purposes;

e. Test questions, scoring keys, and other examination data used to administer a licensing examination, examination for employment, or academic examinations;

f. Contents of real estate appraisals or engineering or feasibility estimates and evaluations made for or by KCFD relative to the acquisition of property, or to prospective public supply and construction contracts, until all of the property has been acquired or all of the contract agreement obtained.

g. Records of which the disclosure is exempt or prohibited pursuant to provisions of federal or state law, including, but not limited to, provisions of the Evidence Code relating to privilege.

h. Correspondence of and to the Governor or employees of the Governor’s Office or in the custody of or maintained by the Governor’s legal affairs secretary.

i. Records that relate to archeological site information. KCFD also possesses the discretion to claim an exemption from public disclosure records which do not qualify for a specific exemption under the California Public Records Act but which KCFD determines the public interest served by not making the record public clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosure. Records subject to exemption may nevertheless be made available for inspection if waiving the exemption will serve the public interest, as determined by KCFD on a case-by-case basis. However, KCFD’s determination to disclose a record, which may otherwise be exempt from disclosure, does not constitute a waiver with respect to any other records.

 

WHAT IF A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHES TO CHALLENGE THE KCFD’S

DETERMINATION NOT TO DISCLOSE RECORDS?

Under the California Public Records Act, Government Code Section 6258, any person may seek injunctive or declarative relief in any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the right to inspect or to receive a copy of any public record.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodation for obtaining access to KCFD public records should notify KCFD of their accommodation needs in their written request.

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Kern County Fire Annual Report - 2012

 

The Technology Services section of the Kern County Fire Department is responsible for managing and maintaining the department’s information systems and services throughout the County. We maintain a stable electronic work environment, collaborate with staff in the use of information technology, identify emerging technologies to meet the department’s needs, protect the department’s investment in technology and provide training to staff on proper use of software and equipment.

This year the Technology Services employees delivered services to over 640 users, oversaw the departmental Wide Area Network connecting 53 stations & service locations all over Kern County including the Emergency Communication Center (ECC) and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Technology personnel supported 37 servers, 370 PCs and 50 Mobile Data Computers (MDC) located in vehicles & apparatus.  Additionally the section was tasked with supporting all Bakersfield City Fire MDCs.

Over the network station alerting (Zetron) became fully operational this year freeing up valuable radio communication space. The system allows ECC to efficiently respond to emergencies by managing the assets of multiple fire stations. A single piece of firefighting equipment, an entire station, or multiple stations can be dispatched by selecting them from their PC screen or from the push of a few buttons. Visual indications help the operator select which stations should respond, as well as determine which vehicles are available, which have already been dispatched, or are out of service.

Other notable applications in use by the department include Computer Aided Dispatch (911), Fire Records Management System, Collaborative software, ReadyKern (Emergency Notification), Telestaff, and GIS systems.

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