These numbers represent from 1/1 to 7/16.

2249

Fires

16441

Rescue/EMS

29234

Total Calls

162

On Duty Firefighters

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Your #KernCountyFirefighters have been deployed to the #LakeFire in Lake Hughes just North of Santa Clarita. The department is sending 5 type 1 engines a strike team leader and assistant. Strike Team 5028B consists of E26 (Lost Hills), E33 (McFarland), E53 (Old River), E55 (Tejon), E65 (Rosedale), Battalion 1C and 3C. This is a type 2 or “Bravo” strike team that has 17 fire fighters total. ... See MoreSee Less

Your #KernCountyFirefighters have been deployed to the #LakeFire in Lake Hughes just North of Santa Clarita. The department is sending 5 type 1 engines a strike team leader and assistant. Strike Team 5028B consists of E26 (Lost Hills), E33 (McFarland), E53 (Old River), E55 (Tejon), E65 (Rosedale), Battalion 1C and 3C. This is a type 2 or “Bravo” strike team that has 17 fire fighters total.

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God bless all the brave firefighters, putting their lives on the line for others. KCFD deserves better treatment and compensation!

Awesome that we’re able to send the help, this is why we can’t afford to keep losing our Firefighters. At the rate it’s goin we won’t be able to much longer let alone help ourselves....

Always ready to answer the call for first responders. May you all be safe from harm and injury. This fire is a wicked one. 🙏🙏🙏💙💙💙 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Be safe out there and thank you for helping them down there.

Keeping all people/firefighters, animals, homes and areas in prayer. Praying for protection and a fast containment.

Praying for God's protection for all of the couragous Firefighters & all of those in harm's way.

Praying for our firefighters!💔🚒And all first responders!!!👨‍🚒🧑‍🚒👩‍🚒🔥 Please !!!!! beprepared evacuation kit for each and ,anmal and livestock

God bless all KCFD men and women. Be safe out there. Thank you for your service.

I pray for their safety. Thank you guys

Praying for your safety out there and for a safe return.

Please stay safe and all go home safe.

A hedge of protection around all the firefighters 💙💙

They need water tenders. Send water tenders! Love our firefighters!

❤️🇺🇸 Our Kern Firefighters are absolutely the best! 🙏 Take care out there cousin, Barbara!

God bless them and keep our firefighters safe

Be swift and safe in your journey.

Praying for all the firefighters on duty everywhere!

Thank you to the firefighters. In our heart and prayers.

Be Safe Guys Love Ya Hero's come home soon & come home safe

Thank you!! Be safe, praying for you.

Praying for protection over the firefighters❤thank you

May God protect our firefighters

Keeping you all in my prayers. Praying for safety

Thank you! Stay safe ❤️

Be safe and God bless you all.

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This is one of the multiple incidents happening right now on the West side of Kern County.UPDATE #7: 4:24pm 8/12/2020 VEGETATION FIRE #SodaFire off Soda Lake Rd and Hwy 33, south of Maricopa in Kern county is 424 acres and 100% contained.
twitter.com/barkflight/status/1293597657223458816 [BARKFLIGHT ON TWITTER]

UPDATE #6: 12:49PM 8/12/2020 VEGETATION FIRE IC now saying that 100% of the fire is actually in San Luis Obispo County, not Kern County. Some may be in BLM land. #SodaFire
twitter.com/barkflight/status/1293597657223458816 [BARKFLIGHT ON TWITTER]

UPDATE #5: 12:41PM 8/12/2020 VEGETATION FIRE The #SodaFire is now approximately 424 acres. twitter.com/barkflight/status/1293597657223458816 [BARKFLIGHT ON TWITTER]

UPDATE #4: 11:43am 8/12/2020 VEGETATION FIRE #SodaFire Crews are stretched a bit thin on the Alpha flank but figure they can get better control of the advancing fire once it runs into some farmland. Units now being sent that way.
twitter.com/barkflight/status/1293597657223458816 [BARKFLIGHT ON TWITTER]

UPDATE #3: 11:07am 8/12/2020 VEGETATION FIRE #SodaFire The fire is at 200 acres and is 0% contained.
twitter.com/barkflight/status/1293597657223458816 [BARKFLIGHT ON TWITTER]

UPDATE #2: 10:31am 8/12/2020 VEGETATION FIRE #SodaFire South Ops is diverting a strike team to this incident. Tankers are inbound from Santa Maria. Ordering a LAT and a lead plane.
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UPDATE #1: 10:29AM 8/12/2020 VEGETATION FIRE The fire is right now 40 to 50 acres, running uphill. P22 is taking command. #SodaFire
twitter.com/barkflight/status/1293597657223458816 [BARKFLIGHT ON TWITTER]

10:18am 8/12/2020 VEGETATION FIRE #SodaFire Highway 166 x Soda lake Road (Kern County), near Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Units making access off Soda Lake Road about a mile north of Highway 33. twitter.com/barkflight/status/1293597657223458816 [BARKFLIGHT ON TWITTER]

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11:14 AM 4 [6] 1039 14-63 VIA LL
11:13 AM 3 [5] [Notification] [CHP]-1039 BFCC, FIRE IS OFF THE HWY BUT BURNING FM SODA LAKE TO APPX 1MI JEO SR166/SR33//FIRE IS IN TWO DIFFERENT COUNTIES
11:09 AM 2 [4] 1039 14-S1
10:58 AM 1 [2] SBSO CUYAMA DEP MAY REQ ASSISTANCE W/1184 - IF FIRE GETS CLOSER TO RDWY
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This is one of the multiple incidents happening right now on the West side of Kern County.

We are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of a firefighter assigned to the #StagecoachFire. Details are still not available but we send our condolences to all involved. ... See MoreSee Less

We are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of a firefighter assigned to the #StagecoachFire. Details are still not available but we send our condolences to all involved.

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Heartbreaking news. Our prayers are with his family, his colleagues and all personnel on the Stagecoach Fire. It’s hard to lose a colleague and even harder to know that you need to continue your job to save other lives and property.

Sad News. Sympathy and condolences to the family.

Oh gawd, this is awful. My true condolences

Prayers and condolences Thank you for your Service

Prayers for the family 🙏🙏🙏

So heartbreaking.

Praying for the family and friends

Prayers for all

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Praying for his family and friends. 🙏

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We appreciate when local media reports an unbiased article and not just one side of the story. Your #KernCountyFirefighters will continue to inform the communities we proudly serve of threats to public safety as soon as we see an imminent attack. Without the public emailing and calling the BOS we are confident the plan to brown out stations would still be on the table. Thank you for all the support!

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We appreciate when local media reports an unbiased article and not just one side of the story. Your #KernCountyFirefighters will continue to inform the communities we proudly serve of threats to public safety as soon as we see an imminent attack. Without the public emailing and calling the BOS we are confident the plan to brown out stations would still be on the table. Thank you for all the support! https://www.bakersfield.com/news/fire-station-brownouts-to-be-avoided-as-county-dips-into-reserves/article_809a3450-dc29-11ea-a3bf-db6dbfc8b1f8.html

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It’s funny how the county always screams budget woes, but all of a sudden at the end of June they claim the budgets ok now because they found millions in “unclaimed property tax money”. They have the money, and they have always had the money. The contract cities that are saying they don’t have the money for an increase in contract fees should have been the stations that where on top of the list for brownouts.

The County had and has the money to staff stations and pay the KCFD’s employees a fair wage. They chose not to because of backward and greedy views they and their donors hold.

Well that would be most of Kern County Scott. But there needs to be a penalty for the Failure to pay on time.

God Bless all Firefighters

Here we have it another KGET - TV 17 Bakersfield sponsored one-sided hit piece on the public safety personnel protecting our county residents.

“County supervisor Mike Maggard slams the county firefighter’s union for public confusion over how the county’s new budget affects the fire department.”#FakeNews

Fact, county firefighters received via e-mail a proposal and request from Chief Human Resources officer Devin Brown on 07/23/2020 at 09:58 am. This e-mail states:

Good morning Stacie and David,

The County is proposing to move forward with the attached plan for station brownouts effective October 1, 2020. We would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the proposal and the impacts it will have on your membership as soon as possible. Please let me know when you have time available in the next week or so and I will set up a virtual meet and confer.

Sincerely,

Devin Brown

Fact two, county firefighters received again via e-mail on 08/04/2020 at 12:16 pm a request from Chief Human Resources Officer Devin Brown requesting to cancel the meeting set for that afternoon to discuss the brownout proposal.

Stacie,

We are holding off with the proposal for now, so we can cancel today’s meeting. Thanks.

Devin

Sent from my iPhone

This cancellation request arrived on the heels of our CAO Ryan Alsop, emphatically denouncing, in public session any existence of a proposal. What is the truth? Did the board know of this proposal? Did the CAO know of this proposal? If not as stated, then did the Chief Human Resources Officer take independent action without anyone's knowledge? Doubtful.

Public Safety has been under attack since the arrival of Mr. Alsop, his first action as the CAO was an attempt to decrease staffing at several stations from three firefighters to two firefighters on each engine. This was swiftly defeated by our association as well as the public response to having short-staffed fire engines. Today it is browning out fire stations.

Supervisor Maggard went on to say in his slam; “the firefighters are only fearmongering because they want more money”. He is one hundred percent correct. We want the fire department funded properly to allow us to protect the community properly. We want the board to use the same power and authority to fund the fire department that they used when voting over the last ten years to accept these contracts for cities that do not cover the costs of providing service. The same power they used when voting to delay pursuing cost recovery from the cities.

We are simply doing our job representing our membership and reinforcing our commitment to the communities we are sworn to protect.

Thank you again to the residents who took the time out of their day to have their voices heard and change the course of the direction our county administrators were taking. We will continue to need the public support as public safety is still under attack.


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Here we have it another KGET - TV 17 Bakersfield sponsored one-sided hit piece on the public safety personnel protecting our county residents. “County supervisor Mike Maggard slams the county firefighter’s union for public confusion over how the county’s new budget affects the fire department.”#FakeNews Fact, county firefighters received via e-mail a proposal and request from Chief Human Resources officer Devin Brown on 07/23/2020 at 09:58 am. This e-mail states: Good morning Stacie and David, The County is proposing to move forward with the attached plan for station brownouts effective October 1, 2020. We would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the proposal and the impacts it will have on your membership as soon as possible. Please let me know when you have time available in the next week or so and I will set up a virtual meet and confer. Sincerely, Devin Brown Fact two, county firefighters received again via e-mail on 08/04/2020 at 12:16 pm a request from Chief Human Resources Officer Devin Brown requesting to cancel the meeting set for that afternoon to discuss the brownout proposal. Stacie, We are holding off with the proposal for now, so we can cancel today’s meeting. Thanks. Devin Sent from my iPhone This cancellation request arrived on the heels of our CAO Ryan Alsop, emphatically denouncing, in public session any existence of a proposal. What is the truth? Did the board know of this proposal? Did the CAO know of this proposal? If not as stated, then did the Chief Human Resources Officer take independent action without anyones knowledge? Doubtful. Public Safety has been under attack since the arrival of Mr. Alsop, his first action as the CAO was an attempt to decrease staffing at several stations from three firefighters to two firefighters on each engine. This was swiftly defeated by our association as well as the public response to having short-staffed fire engines. Today it is browning out fire stations. Supervisor Maggard went on to say in his slam; “the firefighters are only fearmongering because they want more money”. He is one hundred percent correct. We want the fire department funded properly to allow us to protect the community properly. We want the board to use the same power and authority to fund the fire department that they used when voting over the last ten years to accept these contracts for cities that do not cover the costs of providing service. The same power they used when voting to delay pursuing cost recovery from the cities. We are simply doing our job representing our membership and reinforcing our commitment to the communities we are sworn to protect. Thank you again to the residents who took the time out of their day to have their voices heard and change the course of the direction our county administrators were taking. We will continue to need the public support as public safety is still under attack. https://www.kget.com/kern-county-in-depth/kern-county-in-depth-county-budget-issues-amid-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

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wanting fair wages and benefits isn't the question and Maggard, a CPA, well knows that. The Kern County firefighters haven't had a cost of living raise in 11 years. Please County Administration demonstrate that the Board of Supervisors and administrative staff have also been without cost of living raises the past 11 years, then there can be a discussion about wanting to much. Firefighters haven't had a cost of living in 11 years and in that period of time inflation increased by 22.28% meaning firefighters received a 22.28% pay cut over that same time period. A few years ago the Board of Supervisors base wages and benefits put them in 13th highest pay bracket out of 58 total counties in California. I don't believe the Kern County firefighters can make that same claim. These four are not good for the County of Kern and it's residents.

Fund the Kern County Fire Department! It’s not a matter of want it’s a matter of need and public’s safety! #UnionProud ✊🏻

weird that our KCFD is one of lowest paid in state. No raise, and 4% cut a few years ago. And putting fear in the residents- you guys are crazy to say say that- is it wrong to inform the residents you protect why so many qualified and trained firefighters are leaving the KCFD? 17 news stand on your own, not The BOS back pocket. Give your firefighters a break and support them.... who throws their first responders under the bus!!!

KGET! Have your reporters do some ride-alongs & get the real story on how much our First Responders deserve so much more than the crumbs supervisors are throwing them. They do not just put out fires! 🤬

I can not stand main stream media! Our fire departments need to be fully funded and running at 💯! There should be no excuses!

Our news stations are forgetting their audience—conservatives who value our men in service to our community. We need to take care of our own, so they are not forced to leave our community to provide for their families. Who are you going to call when they are all gone?

At some point shouldn't the State of California step in? Kern County is part of a network of counties, The California Disaster and Civil Defense Master Mutual Aid Agreement, between the State of California, and each of its counties. It's intended that all cities and Counties have sufficient means to furnish mutual aid. The weaker Kern's fire department becomes, the more it overburdens neighbors by needing more assistance, and not being able to provide assistance.

Take care of your first responders and the people of Kern County.

let's only do the brown outs on mike maggard's and mr. alsop's home and safety, since he thinks that is important.

Cut the Board of Supervisors salary to help give the fire departments a raise.

How much money are WE spending to train and replace a firefighter because they have to go somewhere else to receive fair wages? Wake up Kern County.

One sided reporting is nothing new for 17 News. The unfortunate part is the public remains unaware because our local media is beholden to the elected politicians in Kern. Even when they are aware of unethical behavior they remain silent. I hope one day we can have elected officials who care about the people of Kern. Until then, keep informing the voters and fighting for your membership.

If Mike Maggard did not know of the brown outs then why did he say the following? “Our delaying this decision delays our ability to collect the revenue necessary to stabilize the budget of the fire department,” Supervisor Mike Maggard said Tuesday, adding that some citizens elsewhere in the county may have their fire stations closed as the Fire Department attempts to balance its budget. “That is not fair. It’s not appropriate for the level of protection that people receive to go down because these guys are trying to delay getting this done.” Mike Maggard Kern cities granted reprieve when asked to increase payment for fire services | News | bakersfield.com

Cut David Couchs & the rest of thems Pay their only sitting on their asses anyway Their Not doing anything for Kern County Our Firefighters are HERO'S #FUNDTHEHEROSNOTTHELAZYASSPOLITICENS #PROUDFIRESISTER 🚒🚒🚒🚒 ⚫🔴⚫🔴⚫🔴

Let them go fight a mountain fire - eat the crap food - sleep on a mountain top.

I don’t think I’ve ever known a more asinine statement. Seems to me Mike Maggard cares only about getting a good paycheck. Same for the others. KCFD is nearly in shambles because it’s not being properly funded. Why wouldn’t we want more money to something that provides a critical service to the county??

They can use the gangbangers from the jails to fight fires. They are going to let them out because they don't have enough deputies at the jail. The county will not pay for public safety

Sounds like they’re wanting to defund the fire department.

SHAME ON KGET-17News...you are losing viewers quickly; one after another!

Human life can not be replaced , totally not right to put this kind of strain on the KCFD who are already short handed and under paid ,yet you vote raises for your selves . Until the top is held accountable nothing will change , when these big fires break and property is destroyed and the fire department is blamed for that 60 some men already short is not right , burns my butt there doing there best with what they have to work with . The pubic is paying taxes for fire protection and emergency services and when your in real trouble and hear those sirens of help coming such comfort . The Brown outs are wrong must be stopped !

That’s how Kern County feels when the BOS gets a raise. For sitting on your butts and doing nothing. I agree with Mickey Gladden 💯

You know if lying Mike Maggard's lips were moving here was lying.

Tell the truth KGET! Not the side that wins you favors with the BOS! You guys are a sellout! Maggard, get ready for the next election cause we are looking to get rid of people who don’t support our first responders!

Been done with 17 for years

Worst BOS in 30 years

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Annual Fund-raising is Underway

It is time for our annual fund-raising drive.  We will be reaching out to Kern County residents and businesses in the coming weeks to raise money for local, worthy causes. We will also be sponsoring a Business Directory consisting of fire prevention articles, emergency phone numbers and advertisements from local concerned business owners.

Although Local 1301 has been raising money for charities this way for 26 years, there are always reasonable concerns that these solicitations by phone are part of a scam. We want to ensure our members and the public that calls the may receive in the next few weeks are in fact legitimate and have been authorized and approved by the Local 1301 Board of Directors.

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Your #KernCountyFirefighters have been deployed to the #LakeFire in Lake Hughes just North of Santa Clarita. The department is sending 5 type 1 engines a strike team leader and assistant. Strike Team 5028B consists of E26 (Lost Hills), E33 (McFarland), E53 (Old River), E55 (Tejon), E65 (Rosedale), Battalion 1C and 3C. This is a type 2 or “Bravo” strike team that has 17 fire fighters total.
We are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of a firefighter assigned to the #StagecoachFire. Details are still not available but we send our condolences to all involved.
We appreciate when local media reports an unbiased article and not just one side of the story. Your #KernCountyFirefighters will continue to inform the communities we proudly serve of threats to public safety as soon as we see an imminent attack. Without the public emailing and calling the BOS we are confident the plan to brown out stations would still be on the table. Thank you for all the support! https://www.bakersfield.com/news/fire-station-brownouts-to-be-avoided-as-county-dips-into-reserves/article_809a3450-dc29-11ea-a3bf-db6dbfc8b1f8.html
Here we have it another KGET - TV 17 Bakersfield sponsored one-sided hit piece on the public safety personnel protecting our county residents. “County supervisor Mike Maggard slams the county firefighter’s union for public confusion over how the county’s new budget affects the fire department.”#FakeNews Fact, county firefighters received via e-mail a proposal and request from Chief Human Resources officer Devin Brown on 07/23/2020 at 09:58 am. This e-mail states: Good morning Stacie and David, The County is proposing to move forward with the attached plan for station brownouts effective October 1, 2020. We would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the proposal and the impacts it will have on your membership as soon as possible. Please let me know when you have time available in the next week or so and I will set up a virtual meet and confer. Sincerely, Devin Brown Fact two, county firefighters received again via e-mail on 08/04/2020 at 12:16 pm a request from Chief Human Resources Officer Devin Brown requesting to cancel the meeting set for that afternoon to discuss the brownout proposal. Stacie, We are holding off with the proposal for now, so we can cancel today’s meeting. Thanks. Devin Sent from my iPhone This cancellation request arrived on the heels of our CAO Ryan Alsop, emphatically denouncing, in public session any existence of a proposal. What is the truth? Did the board know of this proposal? Did the CAO know of this proposal? If not as stated, then did the Chief Human Resources Officer take independent action without anyone's knowledge? Doubtful. Public Safety has been under attack since the arrival of Mr. Alsop, his first action as the CAO was an attempt to decrease staffing at several stations from three firefighters to two firefighters on each engine. This was swiftly defeated by our association as well as the public response to having short-staffed fire engines. Today it is browning out fire stations. Supervisor Maggard went on to say in his slam; “the firefighters are only fearmongering because they want more money”. He is one hundred percent correct. We want the fire department funded properly to allow us to protect the community properly. We want the board to use the same power and authority to fund the fire department that they used when voting over the last ten years to accept these contracts for cities that do not cover the costs of providing service. The same power they used when voting to delay pursuing cost recovery from the cities. We are simply doing our job representing our membership and reinforcing our commitment to the communities we are sworn to protect. Thank you again to the residents who took the time out of their day to have their voices heard and change the course of the direction our county administrators were taking. We will continue to need the public support as public safety is still under attack. https://www.kget.com/kern-county-in-depth/kern-county-in-depth-county-budget-issues-amid-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Engine 42, 41, 45, Truck 41, USAR 61, 52 and Helicopter 408 responding to report of 2 individuals stuck on a rock in middle of river. This is the second rescue in 2 days. Your #KernCountyFirefighters want to remind you that the Kern River is dangerous and we recommend you stay out unless you are rafting with an experienced guide and ALWAYS wear a life jacket. UPDATE: Both individuals were rescued by hoist successfully by KCFD Helicopter 408.
💥Announcement💥 We would like to share our sincerest appreciation to the residents within our community who have reached out in support of our department. We are happy to report that today’s scheduled meeting with the County Administrators Office regarding their plan to brown out fire stations was cancelled. This is an important moment for us, continuing to be able to provide and care for you and your loved ones in emergency situations. Maintaining firefighters on fire apparatus to respond as quickly as possible will always be one of our goals in serving our community. We still have a long road in front of us and we continue to need the public’s support, but we are happy with this small victory. We will continue to keep you informed on what is happening with public safety and you can always sign up to receive informational emails from us at www.kerncountyfirefighters.org Thank you for your support! UPDATE: As of 9:49 pm Truck 55 (Tejon) is back in service.
Yesterday evening Kern County Fire deployed a type 3 strike team to the #PondFire near Creston. Engines 324 (McKittrick), 335 (Woody), 345 (Edison), 356 (Lebec), 376 (Kernville) with a strike team leader and a STL assistant responded. As of this morning the fire is 10% contained and 1550 acres. Evacuations are in effect. When a strike team gets deployed emergency callbacks happen so fire stations in Kern get back filled. Yesterday 2 Battalion Chief, 5 Captain, 5 Engineer, and 5 Firefighter positions needed to be filled. Currently having over 60 vacant positions many fire fighters are already forced to work extra shifts. Because people are already working or needing important time home with family it is becoming more difficult to back fill fire stations during an emergency. These concerns were expressed to the Board of Supervisors by Chief David Witt and Local 1301, unfortunately our concerns seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
💥Public Comment Requested💥 Public Safety is under attack! The 2020-2021 Fire Department budget includes un-funding firefighter positions and un-staffing fire stations. Despite nearly 46 million dollars in carry forward from last year and over 175 million dollars in reserves, the county CAO still feels it is necessary to cut emergency services. Cutting public safety services to county residents while filling up savings accounts is irresponsible. Please stand with your #KernCountyFirefighters and let the BOS know you do not want cuts to public safety by emailing publiccomment@kerncounty.com Thank you! The Board of Supervisors will meet ‪on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.‬ in closed session to receive public comment for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 recommended budget. Here is how you can voice your concerns: 1. Preferred option: submit your comment via email to publiccomment@kerncounty.com. Please include your name and clearly indicate this is for the meeting on August, 3rd PM session in regards to recommended 2020-21 budget. 2. Other options: • Call (661) 868-3640 to leave a voicemail of no more than two minutes in length. Please state and spell your name at the beginning of your message and clearly indicate this is for public comment on the recommended 2020-21 budget. Do not leave your phone number on the voice message since these messages are heard in public session. https://itsapps.kerncounty.com/clerk/minutes/bosagenda/2435561/2435575/2435587/2435624/2435830/FY%202020-2021%20Recommended%20Budget%20Discussion2435830.pdf Comments must be in by 4pm Sunday.
🚨Preparing for a COVID-19 economy🚨 Your #KernCountyFirefighters were once again successful in bringing money into the Kern County Fire Department to help off set costs. This time we were awarded $274,636 dollars in a Assistance to Firefighters Grant. This round of AFG grant funds are specifically for fire departments to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) fire fighters and EMS personnel need to respond to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Over the years Local 1301 has helped secure millions of dollars in grant funding to protect public safety in Kern County. California Professional Firefighters International Association of Fire Fighters Team 10th
During the COVID-19 pandemic families are spending a large amount of time in their backyard. Your #KernCountyFirefighters want you to be safe so please follow these #SafetyTips: * If you don’t have a fenced yard, teach your child the boundaries. Always have a responsible person supervise outdoor play. * Check your yard for dangerous plants. If you are unsure about any of the plants in your yard, call your local poison help line. * Teach your child never to pick and eat anything from a plant, no matter how good it looks, without your permission. * If you use pesticides or herbicides on your lawn or garden, read the instructions carefully. Don’t allow children to play on a treated lawn for at least 48 hours. * Never allow your child to play unattended near traffic. * Chemicals, cleaners, gas, car fluids, pesticides and fertilizers can be poisonous. * Keep all doors and gates leading to the pool locked at all times. * Keep the pool area dry and free of all sharp objects. * Never leave your kids alone at the pool. Keep a close eye on them at all times. * Be sure to always have an adult supervising kids when the grill is on. * Remove all flammable items that are near the grill. * Be sure to keep fire safety tools around like fire extinguishers.
As public pools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are bringing the summer water fun home for their family. Big box stores and online retailers report that inflatable and small plastic pools are a hot commodity as people look to stay cool at home this summer. Your #KernCountyFirefighters want you to be safe so please never leave young children near pools – no matter how small – unsupervised. #IAFFsafetytips
Today we recognize FireMedic Hanner who recently resigned from the Kern County Fire Department. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the citizens of the County of Kern,. Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Hanner was assigned to Station 58 in Pine Mt. Club, one of two ALS stations in the department. He has accepted a Firefighter/Paramedic position with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and takes 7 years of training and experience with him. The KCFD now only has 4 Firefighter Medics (and 5 Engineer Medics) staffing the 9 ALS assignments in the department causing hundreds of hours of forced overtime. Chronic low morale, lack of employer support by County leadership, and no stable plan for the departments Medic Program drove him to leave where he could regain stability for his family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters at Kern Law Enforcement Association as they mourn the loss of their brother Deputy Martin Rodriguez.
46 million homes are now considered to be in the wildfire zone. Be prepared all year-round for a potential wildfire. #IAFFSafetyTips
Kern County’s disturbing 4th of July stats: - 180 Abandoned Emergency calls - 147 Abandoned Admin. calls - 1,784 Total Emergency calls While other local fire departments increased resources and added engines, our Kern County Fire Department was unable to provide ample protection during the expected surge of 911 calls. This is a direct result of being #Underfunded and #Understaffed by the County of Kern,. It is unacceptable that hundreds of citizens called 911 for help, and no one came to their aid due to a lack of KCFD resources. We expect more stories to surface in coming weeks that will further expose the failure of County leadership and THEIR decision to intentionally underfund its fire department. We want to give a shoutout to our dispatchers, firefighters, and ambulance personnel who tried their very best to protect our County in a difficult situation.
Your #KernCountyFirefighters would like to wish you a Happy Independence Day! As you celebrate this #4thofJuly please remember that if you choose to light fireworks make certain you live in an area where it’s legal and purchase Safe and Sane fireworks from approved vendors.
Happening now, structure fire in #frazierpark with a burn victim. Getting the appropriate number of resources and personnel on scene are essential to good outcomes on the fire ground. If planned brownouts occur it will have detrimental effects on how we operate and will delay response times to the incident.
Your #KernCountyFirefighters are once again saying goodbye to another highly trained firefighter. Firefighter/Paramedic Ian Crook has recently resigned from the Kern County Fire Department and has accepted a Fire/Medic position with the Daly City Fire Department. Ian has been a member of our department for 2 years and was recently assigned to Station 58 in #PineMountainClub, one of two Advanced Life Support stations in County of Kern, Ian takes his training and experience in Paramedicine and Hazardous Materials, as well as his Bachelors degree to his new department. With looming pay cuts (now imposed pay cuts) and uncertain financial stability, Ian decided that for his family he must move on. Ian we wish you a long happy career with Daly City and know that you will be a valued member of your new department. Firefighter/Paramedic Ian Crook is one of 59 resignations since 2016. #KernCountyFighters #HazMat #Paramedic #KernFirst #KernCountyFire #IfItsCoolItsFromKern #ProtectPublicSafety #WeAreKernCounty #GroundedAndBoundless
Seven years ago today, 19 members of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. Today we pause to honor their memory. Andrew Ashcraft, 29 Robert Caldwell, 23 Travis Carter, 31 Dustin DeFord, 24 Christopher MacKenzie, 30 Eric Marsh, 43 Grant McKee, 21 Sean Misner, 26 Scott Norris, 28 Wade Parker, 22 John Percin Jr., 24 Anthony Rose, 23 Jesse Steed, 36 Joe Thurston, 32 Travis Turbyfill, 27 William Warneke, 25 Clayton Whitted, 28 Kevin Wyojeck, 21 Garret Zuppiger, 27 P.C. to KPHO
🔥🔥LAST DAY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT🔥🔥 Attention Kern County Residents: This Tuesday the Kern County BOS is going to vote on cuts to your first responders. Pay cuts to firefighters and fire station closures are possible. #KernCountyFirefighters cannot attend the BOS meeting in person to voice opposition. Tomorrow June 30th, 2020 local 1301 members and their families cannot look them in the face and fight against the defunding of public safety. That is why we need your help! In the picture provided is the process to call in or email your comments to the Board of Supervisors during the June 30th meeting. Your comments can be read during public comment but must be in by 4pm today. The agenda item for cuts is number 25 and is in the morning session meeting. Please reference agenda item 25. Please help us by voicing your opposition of the defunding of #PublicSafety and cuts to firefighters. Thank you. Email publiccomment@kerncounty.com
In the County of Kern, California they claim to treat their military employees well. But, actions speak louder than words. One of our firefighters was recently punished for serving his #militaryorders and was held back in pay steps while all others with the same hire date received their steps as scheduled. This is a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). While we gave the County of Kern every opportunity to correct this error, they stood their ground claiming that the situation was handled appropriately. It was not until the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) got involved that true resolution has NOW been achieved. Our member has now been placed at the appropriate step with back pay. The attacks on your Kern County Firefighters truly have no boundaries, and Local 1301 is doing everything in our power to protect those who protect you. Thank you Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for assisting us with righting a wrong. Thanks Devin Brown (Kern County Chief Human Resource Officer) for nothing. #SupportThoseWhoServe #DoingTheRightThingShouldntBeThatHard 23ABC Bakersfield BakersfieldNow The Daily Independent Taft Midway Driller High Desert News
🚨🚨URGENT PLEASE SHARE🚨🚨 Attention Kern County Residents: This Tuesday the Kern County BOS is going to vote yes or no on a $3 million dollar cut to your first responders. That's your tax dollars #KernCountyFirefighters cannot attend the BOS meeting in person to voice opposition. On June 30th, 2020 local 1301 members and their families cannot look them in the face and fight against cuts to Public Safety. That is why we need your help! In the link provided is the process to call in or email your comments to the Board of Supervisors during the June 30th meeting. Your comments can be read during public comment or specifically to item 25 of the agenda. Please help us by voicing your opposition of the defunding of #PublicSafety and cuts to firefighters. Thank you. Email publiccomment@kerncounty.com https://www.kerncounty.com/home/showdocument?id=4204 BakersfieldNow 23ABC Bakersfield Bakersfield Tuff Jeff Platt - Eyewitness News
💥💥WE NEED YOU💥💥 Kern County Residents: The Kern County Board of Supervisors are voting to cut firefighter pay and benefits and voting to defund firefighter positions on Tuesday June, 30th. Please contact your supervisors to let them know this is unacceptable and the safety of citizens should come first. What you need to do: 1. Find your district in the picture. 2. Locate the contact information below for your district supervisor and call or email them. We have provided a script for you to use. Thank you! Local 1301 District 1 Mick Gleason (661) 868-3650 district1@kerncounty.com District 2 Zack Scrivner (661) 868-3660 district2@kerncounty.com District 3 Mike Maggard (661) 868-3670 district3@kerncounty.com District 4 David Couch (661) 868-3680 district4@kerncounty.com District 5 Leticia Perez (661) 868-3690 district5@kerncounty.com Draft Letter to County Supervisor: To My Kern County District Supervisor, I am writing to you on behalf of Kern County Firefighters. I understand that is the CAO’s intention to impose a contract upon our firefighters that will effectively cut cost at the expense of cutting firefighter pay. I cannot support this action for some of the following reasons: -Many firefighters have already taken their years of experience and the county’s training investment to other agencies for higher pay. -Many more firefighters can be expected to do the same should you vote to impose this pay cut upon them. -An independent fact finder determined that our firefighters are underpaid compared to similar agencies in this state. -I expect a professional and effective fire service to protect my family and this would be a step in the wrong direction for providing this to me. -As a tax payer and resident of your district I have paid for and expect high quality service that will not be provided by continuing to make cuts to the firefighters. -I couldn’t expect firefighters to provide the same services to my community that they have after 12 years of contract battles, that have not even offered a cost of living adjustment, and now a looming pay cut. With fire insurance costs soaring, one thing we don’t need less of is fire protection. We depend on our firefighters everyday, especially during fire season, and now during a pandemic and I stand with them. Please vote against imposing this unfair contract upon them. In solidarity with our firefighters,
🚨🚨SHARE SHARE SHARE🚨🚨 Attention Kern County Residents: Of course CAO Ryan Alsop and Human Resources Director Devin Brown would take the opportunity to impose their proven unfair Last Best and Final offer while COVID-19 protocols are in place and #KernCountyFirefighters cannot attend the BOS meeting in person to voice opposition. On October 11th 2019 the County of Kern released the recommendations of the impartial fact finder for the first time, to wait this long and until the members of local 1301 and their families cannot look them in the face and voice justified concerns is cowardly. That is why we need your help. In the link provided is the process to call in or email your comments to the Board of Supervisors during the June 30th meeting. Your comments can be read during public comment or specifically to item 25 of the agenda. Please help us by voicing your concerns of the defunding of #PublicSafety and cuts to firefighters. Follow the instructions in the link to the document to provide public comment to the Board of Supervisors during COVID-19 restrictions. Thank you. https://www.kerncounty.com/home/showdocument?id=4204