Derek Tisinger, Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention Message:
The Kern County Fire Department is responsible for the protection of lives and property within Kern County. The Department’s jurisdiction consists of all the unincorporated areas of Kern County, including the contract cities of Ridgecrest, Delano, Wasco, Taft, Tehachapi, Shafter, Arvin, Maricopa and McFarland. The Department’s mission is to provide services that are geared towards anticipating and responding to the ever changing needs of our diverse communities.
The Kern County Fire Prevention Unit plays a very important role in the Department’s overall mission. This unit, is also 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 Unit will provide education to our public, the engineering, per the fire code, during plan review and enforcement of the fire code to meet our goals.
Fire & Emergency Services Vision Statement:
"To provide outstanding customer-centered Fire and Emergency Services"
Fire & Emergency Services Mission Statement:
"To proudly serve our communities by protecting life, property and the environment through effective education, prevention, preparedness and emergency response." We are committed to providing the highest quality fire protection, emergency medical, and technical rescue services available to over 800,000 plus residents in Kern County; and quality disaster preparedness, response, protection, mitigation, and recovery services to the entire Operational Area, including all of the political jurisdictions within it.