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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.

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Past Incident Info

  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...
  Incident Name: Grapevine Incident Incident Time: 10:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 10-03-2018 Incident Type: Truck...
  Incident Name: Jewetta Incident Incident Time: 12:26:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-03-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Trino Incident Incident Time: 8:44:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-02-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Mark Incident Incident Time: 9:15:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Kernville Plane Incident Incident Time: 8:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Caliente Creek Incident Incident Time: 5:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Kern River Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-25-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Lynn Incident Incident Time: 2:32:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-21-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Judith Incident Incident Time: 2:45:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-21-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Water Incident Update Incident Time: 6:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-13-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Water Incident Incident Time: 9:15:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-13-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Digier Incident Incident Time: 11:25:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-12-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Bennett Incident Incident Time: 11:07:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-08-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Rosewood Incident Incident Time: 1:02:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-07-2018 Incident Type: Outside...
  Incident Name: Crestmont Incident Incident Time: 12:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-07-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: School Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-30-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Kirklees Incident Incident Time: 12:23:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-22-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Haldon Incident Incident Time: 1:52:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-22-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Sterling Incident Incident Time: 2:49:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-21-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Pine Incident Incident Time: 3:33:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-16-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Delano Rescue Incident Incident Time: 9:25:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-14-2018 Incident Type: Technical...
  Incident Name: Orangewood Incident Incident Time: 11:45:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-10-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Hughes Incident Incident Time: 9:32:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-8-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Fresno Incident Incident Time: 2:10:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-4-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Tarina Incident Incident Time: 2:48:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-3-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Breckenridge Incident Incident Time: 4:12:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-27-2018 Incident Type: Wildland...
  Incident Name: Fay Ranch Incident Incident Time: 8:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-24-2018 Incident Type: Structure...
  Incident Name: Jacona Incident Incident Time: 12:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-22-2018 Incident Type: Structure...

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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.

 

 

 

 

Do Not Get Ripped Off!

BEWARE of fraudulent fire inspectors

In 2010, the County of Kern found individuals and a fire protection company posing as firefighters performing fire inspections of our local businesses. Our investigations revealed that the subjects would enter a business suggesting they represented the fire department and stating they were going to perform the “quarterly fire inspection”. After these fraudulent inspections, businesses would receive an invoice for various services that were allegedly performed. This was then followed by “aggressive and professional collection efforts”.

The Kern County Fire Department conducts fire inspections in all Kern businesses once per calendar year. Business owners should not let anyone inspect their fire extinguisher, sprinkler system or alarm system, unless you know they are legitimate or until requested by Kern County Fire Department personnel when performing their annual fire inspections.

Fire protection companies DO NOT have the authority to require a business to have any work performed if they visit your business.

Thank you for helping us combat this fraud. If you have any questions call the Office of the Fire Marshal at (661) 391-3310.

 


Fire Protection Business & Professional Requirements

When someone enters your business to perform any type of fire protection work, they must do three things before you should even consider retaining their services.

  1. They must tell you what company they are from, why they are in your business, and produce a business card.
  2. They must tell you what they intend to do and what the estimated costs are before they do anything (DO NOT PAY IN CASH!). Invoicing records are important for your business and legal avenues.
  3. They must leave any parts that they have replaced and charged for you. They must leave you with a signed invoice. (Also know what you are signing with any invoicing.)

We recommend you ask to see their current company identification, a C-16 or C-10 license issued by the California Contractors State License Board or a F.E. Certificate of Registration Card.

Remember!

You can always refuse service and request, at any time, that a Kern Fire Department Inspector visit your business.

We will gladly advise you of any needed service. Thank you for helping us combat fraud.

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