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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.

Sign Up For Emergency Alerts

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...

Latest News

12/08/2017
resource-updateKCFD Out-of-County Resource Update December 8, 2017  Firefighters, Fire Crews, Fire Dozers, and even Fire Mechanics from the Kern County Fire Department...
11/16/2017
helicopter-articleKern Helicopter In High Demand    This article features helicopters out fitted for night flying in high demand.    Follow the link to a great article...
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...

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WebEOC is an Internet-based collaborative communications system that provides for information and resource tracking, data backup, situation analysis, and dissemination of information during EOC and/or Department Operations Center (DOC) activations and exercises. WebEOC includes a standard suite of status boards that are the electronic equivalent of large, chronological, paper-based boards typically found in EOCs and DOCs. WebEOC status boards are electronic displays that provide the ability to post, transmit, and share real-time information among WebEOC users.Click here to login to WebEOC

 

WebEOC Basic Training

 

Kern County OES is pleased to offer WebEOC Basic Training. 

 

Course Description

 

During each two-hour training session, students will login to WebEOC. Using the WebEOC control panel, students will practice standard functions such as posting or updating Activity Log entries, making or updating Mission/Task requests, and sending messages to other students. The same material will be covered during each session.

 

Intended Audience

 

This training is targeted towards personnel likely to be assigned to an EOC or DOC during activations and exercises in Kern County.

 

Registration

Click here to register online.  

Or download a registration form. If you are interested in attending a session, please complete the registration form and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (email) or (661) 873-2699 (fax).

 

 

Questions?

 

If you have questions about WebEOC or the Basic Training courses, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (661) 873-2603.


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KERN COUNTY EMERGENCY ALERT PROGRAM

Kern County has implemented ReadyKern, a state-of-the-art emergency notification system alerts residents & businesses about natural disasters and other crises. The new emergency notification system enables Kern County to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as earthquakes, severe weather, fires, floods, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.

HOW READYKERN WORKS

The process begins when Kern County issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including land line phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more. If you don't confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.

To receive important communications from Kern County, residents and business owners must register the voice and text communication devices where they wish to receive messages.

SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS

Residents and businesses with listed telephone numbers have already been included in ReadyKern. You may add more ways to contact you by selecting one of the following two options:

OPTION 1: ADVANCED REGISTRATION

Option 1 directs you to a secure website to create a user profile.  After selecting “Don’t have an account?  Sign up” at the bottom of the page, you will be asked to create your profile.  You will then be walked through the rest of the registration process.

Option 1 allows you to manage your user profile and update your contact information at your convenience.  All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential to the extent permitted by law.

CLICK HERE TO SELECT ADVANCE REGISTRATION

OPTION 2: EXPRESS REGISTRATION

Option 2 allows you to add your contact information without having to create a user profile. You may still manage your user profile and update your contact information at your convenience. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential to the extent permitted by law.

CLICK HERE TO SELECT EXPRESS REGISTRATION

To register by mail, download the registration form here and return to the address listed on the form.

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have registered yourself for ReadyKern, click here to update your contact information.  Log in and update.

STOP RECEIVING ALERTS

If you have registered for ReadyKern, call (661) 873-2602 and ask to opt out of ReadyKern.  By opting out of ReadyKern, you will no longer receive emergency notifications.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Kern County is pleased to announce the launch of its ReadyKern mass notification system. With this service, Kern County can send personalized voice and e-mail messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information about time-sensitive issues such as emergencies and local community matters.

WHAT IS READYKERN?
The service allows authorized Kern County leaders to create and rapidly disseminate time-sensitive messages to every telephone number and e-mail address stored in the notification database.

HOW DOES READYKERN WORK?
ReadyKern enables Kern County, with one call or a few clicks of a computer mouse, to communicate with thousands of residents and businesses anywhere, anytime, via home phone, cell phone, business phone, or e-mail address.

WHAT TYPES OF MESSAGES WILL BE SENT USING READYKERN?
Any message regarding the safety or welfare of Kern County residents would be disseminated using the ReadyKern system. Examples would include the need to evacuate buildings or neighborhoods because of earthquake, fire, or flood, and any other situation that could impact the safety or welfare of Kern County residents.

HOW CAN I SIGN UP TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS?
Initially the system was populated with listed home telephone numbers from the phone companies. Kern County has also provided a registration page for residents and businesses who do not have listed home telephone numbers to provide their contact information. The registration page also allows individuals to provide additional contact information such as a cell phone, business phone or e-mail address. Sign up online by clicking here. Sign up through mail by downloading the registration form and mailing it to the address provided on the form. It is our intention and hope that every residence and business in Kern County be included in the notification database.

WILL THERE BE A WAY TO POSITIVELY IDENTIFY INCOMING CALLS MADE BY KERN COUNTY USING READYKERN?
The Caller ID number for calls generated by the ReadyKern service will always begin with the 661 area code.   In addition, every message will begin with an introduction that identifies it as an urgent emergency message. 

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A LANDLINE? CAN READYKERN CALL MY CELL PHONE?
Yes. Residents who have registered their cell phone numbers in ReadyKern will receive notifications on their cell phone. Since there are many instances when residents may not be at home to receive an emergency message, we recommend that all residents with a cell phone add their number to ReadyKern.

MY CELL PHONE NUMBER HAS A NON-LOCAL AREA CODE. WILL I STILL RECEIVE CALLS?
Yes. The area code does not impact whether or not a call is made.

I REGISTERED SEVERAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES; WILL READYKERN CONTACT ME ON EACH ONE?
ReadyKern will continue to cycle through each and every communication device available until the message is delivered and confirmed by the recipient. To confirm a message, you must listen to the entire message and then press 1.

I REGISTERED MY CONTACT INFORMATION INTO READYKERN, BUT I NEED TO UPDATE MY INFORMATION. HOW CAN I DO THIS?
If you have registered yourself for ReadyKern, click here to update your contact information.   Log in and update.

DOES READYKERN REPLACE OTHER EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS?
No. ReadyKern is a significant enhancement to existing means of mass notification and is supplemental to, not a replacement for, other communication methods used by emergency personnel. During an emergency, television and radio will continue to broadcast important announcements. If emergency personnel recommend that you evacuate, you should follow their recommendations.

WILL MY PERSONAL INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH ANY THIRD PARTY ORGANIZATIONS?
Kern County will not share or distribute personal information to the extent permitted by law.

CAN I "OPT OUT" OF READYKERN CALLS?
Residents and businesses can opt out; however, we strongly discourage this. ReadyKern may be used to send information that is time-sensitive and critical. If you choose to opt out of the system, it will prevent Kern County from notifying you of important and potentially life-saving information. If you would still like to opt out of the system, click here.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
If you have more questions about ReadyKern, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 211.

Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.

 


Understanding the Risk

What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.
Where does carbon monoxide come from?
CO gas can come from several sources: gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning furnaces or fireplaces and motor vehicles.
Who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Medical experts believe that unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens and people with heart or lung problems are at even greater risk for CO poisoning.

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What you need to do if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off?

If no one is feeling ill:
  1. Silence the alarm.
  2. Turn off all appliances and sources of combustion (i.e. furnace and fireplace).
  3. Ventilate the house with fresh air by opening doors and windows.
  4. Call a qualified professional to investigate the source of the possible CO buildup.
If illness is a factor:
  1. Evacuate all occupants immediately.
  2. Determine how many occupants are ill and determine their symptoms.
  3. Call your local emergency number and when relaying information to the dispatcher, include the number of people feeling ill.
  4. Do not re-enter the home without the approval of a fire department representative.
  5. Call a qualified professional to repair the source of the CO.

Protect Yourself and Your Family from CO Poisoning

  • Install at least one carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal near the sleeping areas and outside individual bedrooms. Make sure the alarm has been evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Carbon monoxide alarms measure levels of CO over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms. It is very possible that you may not be experiencing symptoms when you hear the alarm. This does not mean that CO is not present.
  • Have a qualified professional check all fuel burning appliances, furnaces, venting and chimney systems at least once a year.
  • Never use your range or oven to help heat your home and never use a charcoal grill or hibachi in your home or garage.
  • Never keep a car running in a garage. Even if the garage doors are open, normal circulation will not provide enough fresh air to reliably prevent a dangerous buildup of CO.
  • When purchasing an existing home, have a qualified technician evaluate the integrity of the heating and cooking systems, as well as the sealed spaces between the garage and house. The presence of a carbon monoxide alarm in your home can save your life in the event of CO buildup.

 

Frequently asked questions about CO Alarms

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