KCFD Facts

Fire Chief

David Witt
Population 839,631 (2010 Census)
Land Area 8,141 square miles
Cities 9
Communities 41
Calls for Service 106,098 (2015)
Responses 47,956 (2014)
Budget $141,915,079 (FY 17/18)

Operations Profile

Battalions 7
Fire Stations 47
Engines 55
Ladder Trucks 4
Patrols 41
Command Vehicles 25
Reserve Engines & Patrols 21
Dozers 6
Reserve Dozers 7
Water Tenders 5
Hand Crews 3
Mass Decon Trailers 2
Crash Rescue 5
Fixed Wing Airplane 0
Helicopter 2
Haz Mat Response Team 2
Technical Rescue 1
Hotshot Crews 1
Oil Fire Foam Tender 1
Light/Air Van 3
Fire Education Trailers 2


Department Profile

Kern County Fire DepartmentThe Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) is an organization comprised of over 625 permanent employees protecting an area which spans over 8,000 square miles.

We provide fire protection services for over 500,000 citizens living in the unincorporated areas of Kern County and the cities of Arvin, Delano, Maricopa, McFarland, Ridgecrest, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi and Wasco. Over 546 uniformed firefighters are stationed in 46 fire stations throughout Kern County. Added to this, the Kern County Fire Department has 14 Mutual Aid Agreements with neighboring fire suppression organizations to further strengthen the emergency services available to our customers.

Firefighter Duties Includes:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Hazardous Materials Mitigation
  • Fire Prevention
  • Rescue
  • Air Operations
  • Training and Public Education
  • Arson Investigation
  • Apparatus Maintenance


Mission Statement

"The Kern County Fire Department is dedicated to protecting life and property by providing effective public education, fire prevention, and emergency services. We are committed to proudly serve our community in the safest, most professional and efficient manner."


To fulfill our mission we will actively participate in our community, serve as role models, and continually seek ways to maximize resources while preserving essential services deemed excellent by our customer. We will continually evaluate the type of service, method of delivery and equipment needed to perform our duties.


-Safety first is not just a commitment, it is a way of life

-We are responsible for our actions

-People are our most valuable resource

-We will present a positive appearance and attitude

-Compassion, fairness, and integrity are practiced in all our endeavors

-We will promote the use of quality principles, concepts and technologies

-Pride, the pursuit of excellence, and commitment to customer service are of paramount importance

-We are accountable to those we serve

Our value to the community is measured by the fulfillment of these commitments


Core Values

Leadership- "The art of directing and motivating a group of people toward achieving a common goal or strategy."


Integrity- "The consistent demonstration of sound moral and ethical principles unwavering in any circumstances."


Service- "Providing timely, attentive and upbeat service to the customer/communities; making sure their needs are met in a manner that reflects positively on the department."


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