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

To proudly serve our communities by protecting life, property and the environment through effective education, prevention, preparedness and emergency response.


Vision Statement

To provide outstanding customer-centered Fire and Emergency Services.


Core Values

Leadership, Integrity and Service.


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