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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.

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.

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: Adams Incident Incident Time: 7:10:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-16-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Cliff Incident Incident Time: 5:13:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-14-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Comanche Incident Incident Time: 3:55:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-14-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Inyo Incident Incident Time: 4:38:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-11-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Interstate 5 Incident Incident Time: 2:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-11-2018 Incident...
  Incident Name: Lebec Road Incident Incident Time: 1:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-8-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Boat Launch Incident Incident Time: 8:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-3-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Ridgecrest Incident Incident Time: 7:38:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-1-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Pioneer Incident Incident Time: 10:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: 2nd Street Incident Incident Time: 8:52:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-22-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Highway 99 and 166 Incident Incident Time: 8:05:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-22-2018 Incident Type: Vehicle...
  Incident Name: Santa Rosa Incident Incident Time: 12:15:00 a.m. Incident Date: 6-17-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
        Incident Name: General Beale Incident Incident Time: 11:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-15-2018 Incident Type: Vehicle...
      Incident Name: Herring Incident Incident Time: 6:50:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-14-2018 Incident Type: Grass...
  Incident Name: Mesa Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-07-2018 Incident Type: Grass Fire Equipment...
  Incident Name: Meyer Incident Incident Time: 12:39:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-28-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Aleutian Incident Incident Time: 05:27:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-27-2018 Incident Type: Hoist...
  Incident Name: Pellisier Incident Incident Time: 12:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-24-2018 Incident...
  Incident Name: Gregory Incident Incident Time: 12:34:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-21-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Stradler Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-17-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Dennis McCarthy Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-16-2018 Incident Type: Natural Gas...
  Incident Name: Fairfax Incident Incident Time: 9:43:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-13-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Mil Potrero Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-10-2018 Incident Type: Technical...
  Incident Name: Wasco Avenue Incident Incident Time: 9:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-10-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Tejon Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-08-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Highland Hills Incident Incident Time: 7:53:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-23-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Polk Incident Incident Time: 6:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-26-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Sierra Vista Incident Incident Time: 5:24:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-23-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Jackson Incident Incident Time: 8:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-19-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Locust Ravine Incident Incident Time: 2:47:00 p.m. Incident Date: 3-17-2018 Incident Type: Structure...

Latest News

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11/16/2017
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09/27/2017
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09/27/2017
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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
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08/08/2017
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08/07/2017
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07/12/2017
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07/06/2017
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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.

January 2008

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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.

The Emergency Communications Center (ECC) is responsible for receiving and dispatching all fire, medical and rescue calls within the 8,000 square miles of Kern County. ECC receives transferred calls from 17 different law enforcement agencies and gives calls to 3 different private ambulance companies. Our annual call volume entered for 2016 was 108,945 calls.

ECC’s current staffing includes 22 full time dispatchers, 6 supervisors, 1 manager & 2 duty officers. During fire season 1 additional duty officer and 2 additional extra-help positions were added to assist with the wildland resource ordering. Our daily staffing consists of 1 supervisor and 4 dispatchers per shift. Each rotation also has 1 dispatcher to work a swing shift to provide additional coverage during our 12 busiest hours.

                                         

In 2016 the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) has been continuing its efforts both short and long term, in developing and maintaining a state-of –the-art communications center for the citizens we serve, our fire departments and our dispatch staff.  


We completed the final phase of our multi-year project to move our dispatch center into a re-purposed server facility.  In June of 2014 ECC moved into the re-modeled Verizon Building at 2601 Panorama Dr., Bldg C.  In the final six months of 2014 new dispatch consoles and a Next Gen ready 9-1-1 system were installed.  On March 16, 2015 a successful cut over from the Intergraph CAD system to the New World Systems Enterprise CAD was accomplished.  This was the final phase of our upgrade to Next Generation 9-1-1 compliant dispatch technology at ECC.  This new CAD system allows our dispatchers to make better real-time decisions during emergency incidents for resource management, tracking and reporting.  In January 2017 ECC went live with the Priority Dispatch Systems, Emergency Fire Dispatch Protocols.  These protocols function in the same manner as our EMD Protocol’s which have been in use at ECC since 1989.  With the addition of EFD our staff are now certified in both medical and fire call taking by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch.  The new Fire Protocols will allow our dispatchers to obtain better scene safety information on all fire incidents reported via 911 for both our citizens and our first responders.   These protocols also provide lifesaving pre-arrival instructions for callers in high risk situations such as being trapped in a burning building, trapped in a sinking vehicle or in a vehicle being swept away by flood waters. Our dispatchers put the last situation to the test just days after completing the training when Kern County was inundated by rain that caused over 100 vehicles to be caught up in a mud slide on the 58 Hwy.  


Staffing during 2016 made improvements due to our efforts in trainee retention after successfully certifying ten senior dispatchers as Certified Training Officers.  Our training program and manual were evaluated and updated to conform to APCO P33 standards and our success rate in training new dispatchers rose from 25% to 75/100% success rates with our Training Academies in 2016 and we certified 2 additional CTO’s in January. .    
ECC has used the IAED Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Protocols since 1989.  In 1999 we became the 77th Center in the World (10th in California) to achieve Accreditation as a Center of Excellence with the Academy.  This Accreditation requires our dispatchers to perform at a consistently high compliance to protocol.  Our full time EMD Quality Improvement/Assurance Coordinator reviews 3% of all calls to ensure adherence to policy and protocol.  This level of commitment from both the agency and staff ensure our stakeholders receive the highest level of care when calling ECC for a medical emergency.   Each center must submit documentation attesting to our continued compliance with Academy standards every three years.

 
ECC is responsible for receiving and dispatching all fire, medical and rescue calls within the 8,000 square miles of Kern County.  ECC receives transferred calls from 17 different law enforcement agencies and relays calls to 3 different private ambulance companies. Our annual call volume for calls entered for service in 2016 was 108,945 calls.  Our total call volume for calls for service, requests, information etc. was 394,170 calls.  This represents a 9.5% increase in call volume from 2015 to 2016. ECC Dispatchers also provided lifesaving CPR instructions resulting in 22 lives being saved and assisted with bringing 12 new citizens of Kern County into the world.  

Fire Season again proved busy for ECC and our Expanded Dispatch staff which included 1 Duty Chief,  1 Duty Officer (Captain) and 2 extra-help employees.  They provide support during large wildland incidents both in and out of Kern County.  Their hard work and dedication allow the dispatchers at ECC to quickly transition from the initial calls and dispatch of a wildland incident to getting back to the job of 911.

2016 Fire Season Data
    • 4949 ROSS Orders were filled
    • 73 KRN Incidents were created
    • 27 SQF Inter-agency fires
    • 6 LPF Inter-agency fires
    • 1249 Total Vegetation Fires were entered in CAD for KCFD, BFD AND CCFD.


We were pleased to honor Zachary Regan as the Fire Department’s Dispatcher of the Year.  Roxanne Routh was the Fire Department’s EMD of the Year.

On May 20th ECC had 2 new Fire Dispatchers receive their badges.  Congratulations to Anthony Padworski & Misty Thomas-Roberts.

On June 23rd Kern County experienced the worst fire in our history.  The Erskine Fire in the area of Erskine Creek on the Eastern portion of Kern County it burned over 48,000 acres, 300 structures were lost and sadly resulted in 2 fatalities.  On the day of this fire ECC handled 1,456 calls in a 24 hour period.  

The 4th of July holiday was again one of our busiest weekend of the year.  The Fireworks Task Force and Hotline were again operational on the nights of the July 3rd and 4th.  The totals for calls received for illegal fireworks were:
    • 932 Calls Taken by the Fireworks Task Force
    • 180 Calls Taken by ECC

On July 27th we received 41 calls from residents in the Southlake area reporting that “The sky was falling”, when debris from a meteor entering our atmosphere started a brush and structure fire.  


We are all truly proud to be a part of the Kern County Fire Department and are committed and dedicated to assisting with meeting its mission by continually evaluating our training, programs and services and implementing changes that will empower our employees to provide excellent service to our citizens and public safety first responders.

 

 

 

 

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