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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: Panama Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-18-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Highway 58 Incident Incident Time: 11:26:00 a.m. Incident Date: 1-12-2018 Incident Type: Vehicle...
Incident Name: Olive Incident Incident Time: 11:43:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-12-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Valley Incident Incident Time: 11:33:00 p.m. Incident Date: 1-12-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
Incident Name: Sterling Incident Incident Location: 1200 Block of Sterling Road Incident Time: 12:41:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: South Haley Incident Incident Location: 200 Block of South Haley Incident Time: 5:17:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: San Diego Street Incident Incident Location: 1400 Block of San Diego Street Incident Time: 6:55:00...
Incident Name: Roby Incident Incident Location: 100 Block of Roby Lane Incident Time: 4:45:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Cuddy Valley Incident Incident Location: Intersection of Cuddy Valley Road and Mil Potrero Highway Incident...
Incident Name: F Street Incident Incident Location: 400 block of F Street Incident Time: 09:00:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Shattuck Incident Incident Location: 200 block of Shattuck Avenue Incident Time: 11:09:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Verna Incident Incident Location: 100 block of Verna Street Incident Time: 06:07:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: East Kern Incident Incident Location: 300 block of East Kern Street Incident Time: 09:49:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Cooper Incident Incident Location: 100 block of Cooper Avenue Incident Time: 06:17:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Van Buren Incident Incident Location: 500 block of Van Buren Street Incident Time: 02:06:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Graas Incident Incident Location: 1400 block of Graas Avenue Incident Time: 06:15:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Chain Incident Incident Location: 1800 block of Chain Avenue Incident Time: 04:45:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: South Street Incident Incident Location: 300 block of South Street Incident Time: 11:08:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Tommy Incident Incident Location: 22000 block of Tommy Avenue Incident Time: 06:29:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Santa Rosa Incident Incident Location: 11000 block of Santa Rosa Avenue Incident Time: 05:25:00 a.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Rosedale Incident Incident Location: 17000 block of Rosedale Highway Incident Time: 10:09:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Industrial Incident Incident Location: 300 block of Industrial Street Incident Time: 05:41:00 p.m. Incident...
Incident Name: Capital Hills Incident Incident Location: North of Mills Street and Highway 58 Incident Time: 06:00:00...
Incident Name: 13600 block of Highway 33 Incident Location: 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...

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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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