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Press Release - 2020 July 4th Weekend Review

 

 

                                                                                              

Press Release

Kern County Fire Department
Office of Public Information
5642 Victor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308

  

 

 

 

 

To:  All Media, Fire Personnel

Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133

Subject: 2020 July 4th Weekend Review

For several weeks Kern County has seen an increase in illegal firework activity similar to that being seen across the Nation. During this time the Kern County Fire Department has continued to fully staff its fire stations and prioritize emergency activity. In anticipation of the greater call volume a new online form was developed for reporting illegal fireworks, aimed at reducing calls to the Emergency Communication Center. This new online submission feature has received an astonishing 5,165 reports since June 15th. While emergency activity has continued to be the number one priority, investigations and enforcement of Kern County Ordinances related to illegal fireworks has continued. Your Kern County Fire Department’s Firefighters have responded to reports of illegal fireworks and the Arson Unit has investigated reports pertaining to users and distributors. As a result of these efforts thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks were seized. 

We are proud of the hard work of the men and women of the Kern County Fire Department and their commitment to providing essential emergency services to this community. Listed below is a statistical overview of the Independence Day weekend. 

2018 Dispatch Center*
Total Calls: 4,369
Illegal Firework Reports: 316

 

 2020 Dispatch Center
Total calls: 6,925 (+58.5%)

Illegal Fireworks Reports: 703 (+122.4)

*2018 data used to provide most recent comparable year not influenced by natural disaster.

Online Illegal Fireworks Reports
1,707 combined with the 703 reported through the dispatch center gives an Independence Day weekend total of 2,410 (+660%).

Citations
34

Fireworks Seized
2,000 pounds

 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

 

                                                                                              

Press Release

Kern County Fire Department
Office of Public Information
5642 Victor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308

  

 

 

 

 

To:  All Media, Fire Personnel

Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133

Subject: Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

The Kern County Fire Department’s Chief David Witt has announced that until further notice all KCFD administrative buildings are closed to the public. This is a precautionary action aimed at limiting or slowing the spread of COVID-19. While facilities such as the Fire Department Headquarters and Fire Prevention Division are closed to the public, fire personnel are continuing to work and fulfill their administrative duties. As a reminder all nonemergency community event support, ride alongs, and station tours are still suspended. These decisions, related to Coronavirus COVID-19, were made out of an abundance of caution and with our community and fire personnel’s safety and health as our highest priority. Please be assured that all fire department activity related to 911 emergencies is ongoing.

We are asking that the community assist us in the following ways:

1) When calling 911, notify call takers if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19
2) Monitor the latest updates from credible sources such as https://kernpublichealth.com/ and cdc.gov/gov/Coronavirus/
3) Protect yourself through everyday preventative actions like- washing your hands,  coughing into your elbow, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces touched often, avoid contact with sick people, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

The Kern County Fire Department is monitoring the situation closely while working in partnership with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure the safety of our community and employees. 

Press Release - 2020 Wildfire Advisory

 

                                                                                              

Press Release

Kern County Fire Department
Office of Public Information
5642 Victor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308

  

 

 

 

 

To:  All Media, Fire Personnel

Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133

Subject: 2020 Wildfire Advisor

As we transition into a time of year known for extreme fire behavior, the Kern County Fire Department would like to announce it is officially upgrading its wildfire response plan as of May 28th, at 8:00 am. This decision has been made after careful coordination with our partner agencies at the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service.

Upgraded wildfire response plans have been used for many decades in the County of Kern with great success. Another key to successfully protecting our communities from wildfires is the Kern County Fire Department’s Air & Wildland program, consisting of:

RESOURCE AVAILABLE
Golden Empire Crew 10 May 28th
Tehachapi Valley Crew 11 May 28th
Alta Sierra Crew 79 May 28th
Helicopter 407 Year-round*
Helicpoter 408 Year-round
Keene Helitack June 12th
Dozer Program (6 dozers) Year-round
Dozer Program seasonal staffing May 14th

 

Rio Bravo Crew 7 will be unstaffed for 2020 due to budget constraints. *H407 is temporarily out of service for routine maintenance.

After multiple years of devastation from wildfires in California we urge all to cultivate fire safe habits. These habits include creating defensible space on your property, avoiding activities that could start a fire, and signing up for emergency notifications at ReadyKern.com. For additional information regarding wildfire safety visit kerncountyfire.org.

Received a Hazard Reduction Citation?

If you have received a hazard reduction citation and/or need more information click here to request a review.

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.

Click here for APN/ATN Lookups.

 

Isabella Dam Update

Click here for the latest information on the the Isabella Dam from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Past Incident Info

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    Incident Name: Granite Incident Incident Time: 5:22:00 p.m. Incident Date: 05-29-2020 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Lake Incident Incident Time: 2:09:00 p.m. Incident Date: 05-25-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: North Incident Incident Time: 2:01:00 p.m. Incident Date: 05-20-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Piney Point Incident Incident Time: 4:26:00 p.m. Incident Date: 05-11-2020 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Maricopa Incident Incident Time: 8:24:00 a.m. Incident Date: 04-29-2020 Incident Type: Commercial...
    Incident Name: Central Incident Incident Time: 8:04:00 a.m. Incident Date: 04-20-2020 Incident Type: Commercial...
    Incident Name: Tee Incident Incident Time: 8:22:00 p.m. Incident Date: 04-13-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: F Street Incident Incident Time: 5:24:00 p.m. Incident Date: 04-12-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Panama Incident Incident Time: 10:04:00 a.m. Incident Date: 04-08-2020 Incident Type: Commercial...
    Incident Name: Fort Tejon Incident Incident Time: 07:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 04-01-2020 Incident Type: Hazardous...
    Incident Name: Production Incident Incident Time: 01:37:00 a.m. Incident Date: 04-01-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Virginia Incident Incident Time: 04:16:00 a.m. Incident Date: 03-29-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Highway 99 Incident Incident Time: 04:09:00 a.m. Incident Date: 03-22-2020 Incident Type: Technical...
    Incident Name: San Pedro Incident Incident Time: 02:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 03-21-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: General Petroleum Incident Incident Time: 11:26:00 p.m. Incident Date: 03-16-2020 Incident...
    Incident Name: Highway 33 Incident Incident Time: 9:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 03-15-2020 Incident...
    Incident Name: Edgewood Incident Incident Time: 9:35:00 p.m. Incident Date: 02-10-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Edgewood Incident Incident Time: 9:35:00 p.m. Incident Date: 02-10-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: OliveIncident Incident Time: 4:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 02-03-2020 Incident Type: HazMat...
    Incident Name: Hughes Incident Incident Time: 6:20:00 a.m. Incident Date: 01-26-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Taft Incident Incident Time: 9:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 01-22-2020 Incident Type: Hazardous Materials...
    Incident Name: Meyer Incident Incident Time: 1:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 01-12-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Panama Incident Incident Time: 7:19:00 p.m. Incident Date: 01-10-2020 Incident Type: Rescue...
    Incident Name: McCutchen Incident Incident Time: 7:20:00 p.m. Incident Date: 01-04-2020 Incident Type: Technical...
    Incident Name: South Williams Incident Incident Time: 2:14:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-31-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Moneta Incident Incident Time: 05:03:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-31-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Pioneer Incident Incident Time: 01:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-30-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Kernville Incident Incident Time: 02:15:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-29-2019 Incident Type: River...
    Incident Name: Earl Incident Incident Time: 04:41:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-17-2019 Incident Type: Structure...

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Utilities Information for Disaster Preparedness

Long before an emergency situation occurs, homeowners should know where the main shutoff valves are located for the water, gas and electricity and how to shut them off in the event of a disaster. It would be wise to mark the location of the shut-off valves and post instructions where they can be easily located in an emergency.

utilities

If you are unable to locate the shut-off valves on your property, or are unsure of how to safely turn off the system you should contact your utility company and have them send someone out who can show you how to properly shut off the utility in question.

Identify your utilities company in advance of an emergency and have their contact information handy for ease in reporting emergency situations.

Natural Gas

Natural gas has a distinctive odor added to it by the gas company so that a leak may be easily detected by smell.

If you smell natural gas:

  • Stay calm.
  • Do not light matches, a lighter, a candle or cigarette.
  • Do not turn appliances that run on electricity on or off, as that may cause a spark.
  • From a safe location contact your gas company and report the leak to them so they can repair it. All gas companies have 24-hour phone numbers for people to report suspected leaks. If you feel it is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

How to Shut Off Your Gas

  • Facing the meter, you should see a pipe that runs from the ground to the meter. You should see a shut-off valve running parallel with the pipe approximately 6 to 8 inches above ground.
  • Using a 12" or larger adjustable wrench, turn the valve 1/4 turn, either right or left, until the valve is crossways to the pipe. Make sure you keep a 12" or larger adjustable wrench with your emergency supplies or near the gas valve.
  • For safety purposes, a shut-off valve should be installed at every gas appliance in your home, such as a gas stove or gas-powered water heater. This way if there is a leak at a particular appliance you can shut-off the gas to that one appliance, rather than to the entire house.
  • If you turn off your gas at the meter, you will need to leave it off until you have someone from the gas company come to turn it back on and relight all of the pilot lights.

How to Shut Off Your Electricity

  • Locate the breaker box(es) outside of your house.
  • Turn off all of the single breakers first, then turn off the main breaker.
  • To turn the electricity back on, turn the main breaker on first, followed by the individual breakers.

If an electrical fire occurs:

  • Do not use water on an electrical fire, as you could be electrocuted.
  • If an electrical appliance catches fire, unplug it as soon as you safely can.
  • Call 9-1-1 and report it to the fire department.
  • If you see smoke or fire, or if you smell an odd odor coming from electrical wires, an appliance or an electric motor, turn off the appliance and the main switch at the circuit breaker or the fuse box.
  • If you have one, use a "C" class fire extinguisher, which is safe to use for electrical fires. If you do not have an appropriate fire extinguisher, baking soda can also be used to extinguish an electrical fire.

 

Downed power lines

Power lines bring electricity to your home or office, but touching a power line, whether overhead or on the ground, may cause serious injury or death.  The following guidelines will help you stay safe  around power lines.

IF YOU SEE A DOWNED WIRE, CALL 911 RIGHT AWAY.

If a person or piece of equipment comes in contact with an energized power line, or if a power line has fallen to the ground:

  • Do not approach or touch the line or anything in contact with the line.
  • Call 911. Inform the operator that it’s an electrical emergency.
  • ALWAYS assume that all wires are energized.

 

Other Safety Tips

  • Beware of a downed power line touching a vehicle. Stay clear of the vehicle and the power line. If a power line touches your vehicle while you are inside, remain calm and follow these directions: If you can do so safely, stay inside the vehicle until emergency assistance arrives. Warn others to stay away from the vehicle and have them call 9-1-1. If you must get out of the vehicle for safety reasons, jump clear. Do not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.
  • Never make contact with overhead power lines. When you're outside, check to make sure any tools or equipment you handle are well clear of power lines overhead. Your equipment may be closer to power lines than you think when you're:

    • Trimming trees
    • Using fruit-picking poles
    • Working on a roof
    • Installing or removing an antenna or satellite dish
    • Using a long-handled pool skimmer
    • Using and carrying metal ladders
    • Moving a boat with a mast
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