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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We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the critically injured firefighters.🙏🙏 To all those still on the front lines stay safe!At approximately 12:15 today two #OCFirefighters Hand Crew Firefighters were criticality burned with second and third degree burns. They remain in critical condition at a local burn center. Please place them in your prayers for their swift recovery, strength for their families, and safety for our other firefighters on the line.
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We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the critically injured firefighters.🙏🙏 To all those still on the front lines stay safe!

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Sending prayers and healing energy.

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Prayers for all the Firefighters who are responding to the fires, to be able to stay safe. 💙💙💙💙💙🇺🇸

God Please Watch Over These Two Firefighters that are fighting to live so they can go home to their loved ones!!🙏💙🙏💙

Praying for God's healing for our couragous Firefighters.

Praying for these brave men!

Prayers for a quick recovery🙏🏻🚒🙏🏻

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Prayers for a fast recovery. To their families to stay strong and loving to each other.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family🙏. Thank you for your service and I pray that you are blessed with a speedy recovery🙏. God Bless You 🇺🇸💙🙏

Prayers for a speedy recovery.

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Praying for a miraculous recovery to these firefighters!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Kern County Fire Department continues record breaking resignations. Kern County Firefighters are once again saying farewell to another community leader and highly trained firefighter. Firefighter Greg McGill has accepted a captain’s position with Templeton Fire and takes 14 years of training, experience and knowledge with him. Greg, a resident of Kern County, started as a seasonal where he spent 3 seasons in our wildland/air ops program. He was hired fulltime 11 years ago and spent 8 years at station 63 where he honed his skills at one of our busiest stations. Greg’s desire to teach future generations of firefighters lead him to the firefighter survival cadre. Greg was passionate about serving on duty as well as off. He volunteered his time off duty at homeless shelters, coached youth sports and spent time with our veterans as a chaperon with Honor Flight Kern County. Impacted by his involvement with honor flight, Greg was the founding member of Honor Flight Central Coast of California. Multiple factors lead to him resigning from County of Kern, California, among them: cost of living continues to rise as pay and benefits decrease, low morale, and lack of support from our county leaders. Greg stated, “experience and training from the Kern County Fire Department was the reason he stood out from other candidates and was ultimately offered the job.” Greg is 1 of 17 resignations to date for 2020. #YourKernCountyFirefighters wish you and your family the best of luck in your new role and again our loss is another department’s gain. ... See MoreSee Less

Kern County Fire Department continues record breaking resignations. Kern County Firefighters are once again saying farewell to another community leader and highly trained firefighter. Firefighter Greg McGill has accepted a captain’s position with Templeton Fire and takes 14 years of training, experience and knowledge with him. Greg, a resident of Kern County, started as a seasonal where he spent 3 seasons in our wildland/air ops program. He was hired fulltime 11 years ago and spent 8 years at station 63 where he honed his skills at one of our busiest stations. Greg’s desire to teach future generations of firefighters lead him to the firefighter survival cadre. Greg was passionate about serving on duty as well as off. He volunteered his time off duty at homeless shelters, coached youth sports and spent time with our veterans as a chaperon with Honor Flight Kern County. Impacted by his involvement with honor flight, Greg was the founding member of Honor Flight Central Coast of California. Multiple factors lead to him resigning from County of Kern, California, among them: cost of living continues to rise as pay and benefits decrease, low morale, and lack of support from our county leaders. Greg stated, “experience and training from the Kern County Fire Department was the reason he stood out from other candidates and was ultimately offered the job.” Greg is 1 of 17 resignations to date for 2020. #YourKernCountyFirefighters wish you and your family the best of luck in your new role and again our loss is another department’s gain.Image attachment

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At some point, the County should to swallow its pride, admit they’ve got real problems, and do what they should’ve done all along - appreciate their hardworking and underpaid fire personnel. Hopefully, it will be soon.

So Proud of you Greg! Glad your back on the Central Coast! Congratulations 🎉🚒

Thank you for your service , supervisors still haven't fixed our KCFD shame on them feel so bad for all our wonderful men who work their butts off they deserve so much better !

This is an embarrassment for the County Supervisors and a big loss to Kern County Fire. We are losing our finest firefighters. Shameful!! Father of a fireman.

Thank you for your service, Greg. As a fire wife, I always had peace of heart knowing you were apart of Cameron Reeder’s crew. You are an amazing fireman and will most definitely be missed. Until things change in the KCFD, we will continue to lose quality FF’s like you. Best of luck in your new position - Templeton FD is lucky to have you - but I’m sure they already know that. 🖤

Best of luck to you in your new position, Greg. Shame the county lost another good firefighter.

The poor treatment of our firefighters is a disgrace!! I will be contacting Kern County Supervisors to express outrage! I'm praying for those firefighters remaining on duty protecting us all!

I'm happy for him but very angry with the county board of 'stupids' that mistreat our firefighters as they do these men and women that protect US, our COMMUNITIES and this COUNTY! 😡🤬

Congratulations Greg sad for Kern County another loss enjoy your new journey.

May God bless and keep you in your new position.Thank you for helping keep us safe. Templeton is getting one of our heroes.

Congrats Greg! Good luck with Templeton.

Good luck in your new position!! What a loss for Kern County!

Good luck, Greg! Stay safe!

You had to make a tough decision.. good luck on your new endeavors sir.. been there done that! 👍👍🙂🙂

Does this have to do with the ongoing 10% paycut that came down from the state? County jobs are affected I believe.

Good luck Greg, wish you all the best!

Good Luck for you Sir👍🏼🙏🏻

Wow going as a captain over!!?? Good for you!!!

Another loss for Kern County and KCFD! Cheers to new adventures Greg!

Thank you sir for your service. Good luck working for Templeton. Hopefully you will be appreciated there.

I thought he was a resident of Templeton?

It’s sad But was he born and raised here?

Good luck brother. Congratulations!

May God Bless you in this next part of your journey and continue to keep you safe as you serve others.

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On #Halloween, be extra careful about traffic. Remind trick-or-treaters to stay on the sidewalks and away from cars. #IAFFsafetytips #makesafehappen

🚨Firefighters continue to be improperly paid during record fire season! 🚨

Since the County of Kern, imposed their “Cuts Only” Last Best and Final contract on your #KernCountyFirefighters in June, our firefighters paychecks have been riddled with constant errors, massive under payments, and are inconsistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

For months we have asked the County for the methodology and formulas on how they calculate pay for our firefighters, with little more than a “We’re working on it” response. Kern’s hard working firefighters continue to be paid the wrong amounts.

Our firefighters have been working harder than ever during this record fire season. Tens of thousands of hours on the fire line, many working 30 straight days or more, only to get a call from home that their wife can’t pay the mortgage due to incorrect paychecks. This is the result of the CAO’s imposed contract that the county is ill-equipped to administer. They have had over a year to figure it out! Perhaps some of our County Supervisors would have voted differently if they knew the CAO and Human Resources couldn’t properly implement a contract it worked for 3 years to force onto our members?

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It is disappointing to see nothing has changed for our hard working county employees. However, I did not except for another county employee/or their family member to attack our hard working firefighters. It is unbelievable that someone feels comfortable creating division between county departments that are /should be dependent on each other. Especially, when they have no knowledge of how the fire department operates.

Unbelievable! What can we do as citizens to help get this resolved? They need to be payed correctly and they deserve every penny!

I’m sorry this is happening. Fire dispatchers have often been confused by our paychecks and the “calculations” used to figure out pay. Overtime shifts that get paid as straight time among other things. When we ask to have it explained we get stonewalled. We don’t have the same union as the rest of the fire department and we make up such a small part of the general employee union (who don’t seem to understand a department that works the hours and days that we do). I feel we will never be heard in our union but I am constantly glad that you speak up and speak out for the firefighters in the field. They work long hard and dangerous hours for the community and it isn’t too much to ask that they be compensated correctly.

After much explanation, the real travesty is that this firefighter has only been paid for 14 hours. He still needs to be paid for 98 hours ($3,428.04) less taxes. I too would be furious!!

Unbelievable! The BOS should be paid under the same pay plan and system that they impose on their firefighters.

How are we supposed to believe the COA about retirement costs are draining the County of their precious money when employees are contributing over half of their checks towards their own retirement? I would really like to see this question raised in the next election since it is clearly here in plain black and white.

Is it as simple as the person doing the payroll (or the computer program) sees the 14 units as 14 hours rather than 14 eight hour increments during that pay period?

This is just terrible....let one of the stupidvisors pay have this happen and watch how fast it gets corrected. KCFD...we applaud and respect your dedication, bravery and commitment to our citizens. Maybe every one of your members should test for LA County and move on to greener pastures...that would sure wake up the knuckleheads at county HQ

How do these people sleep at night? Where is the news coverage on this? No wonder qualified firefighters are leaving, and after this you can bet it will continue😡

Kern County sucks when it comes to taking care of their firefighters.🤬🤬🤬

THAT IS NOT RIGHT THEY SHOULD NEVER GET THERE PAY CUT!

That is absolutely ridiculous that you guys do the hardest work imaginable and get the worst junk handed to you guys. Y'all deserve everything and more. Stand up everyone, this needs to be changed!

So sad. 😔

Yep! Haven’t seen my KCFD guy for weeks at a time he’s been gone so long. And not a properly paid paycheck for weeks also. 🤬

No excuse for this! Send Brian Alsop and his friends out on a call or two and see how fast they get you all a raise!

Rex Emerson

Update: when you earn $3917.76 over the course of 2 weeks and they only calculate $489.74 - that is a problem!! When you earn $741.60 and then contribute over half of that to retirement you’re not gonna get paid very much. Tell us how you are not being properly paid, don’t show us an inflammatory example without explanation.

‼️ I agree!! Our firefighters deserve better. Our BOS are PATHETIC! ‼️ 🤬

I am very sorry, this is happening to all of you. Heroes you are...

That’s everybody that works for the county

Shameful

This is not right at all!!!!

Every year I get charged more property taxes, where is all that money going?

Josh Sanders

What possible excuse do you have for stiffing life savers?

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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.

We want to thank everyone for supporting us this year. If you would like to donate, please click the link below to donate via PayPal,




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On #Halloween, be extra careful about traffic. Remind trick-or-treaters to stay on the sidewalks and away from cars. #IAFFsafetytips #makesafehappen
Be seen on #Halloween with flashlights and reflective fabrics. #IAFFSafetyTips #MakeSafeHappen
Avoid a real scare this #Halloween! Make sure to keep flames away from decorations and costumes, and use battery-operated lights where ever possible! #iaffsafetytips
#KernCountyFirefighters IAFF Local 1301 proudly endorse Frank Lima for IAFF General Secretary Treasurer.   Lima for GST Team 10th Frankie Lima California Professional Firefighters #limaforgst
Good morning from #yourkerncountyfirefighters.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Firefighter Jason Cortez, especially his two young children. Our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters of the @sffdpio and @sffdlocal798
This morning before crews from 5813C went back out on the line they got a visit by therapy dogs. Pictured is Kerith and Engineer Mike Perry. Engineer Perry is an avid dog lover and on days off helps train dogs at the national search dog foundation. He has strived for 6 years to bring the search dog program back to the Kern County Fire Department.
Today is the day we, the brotherhood of the International Association of Firefighters, honor our fallen brethren and traditionally place the names of those firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty on our Memorial Wall in Colorado Springs, CO. 
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Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the ceremony will be held virtually this year. Your Kern County Firefighters invite you to join us from your homes, the link to the livestream is in our bio. 
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We would especially like to honor those from the Kern County Fire Department and Local 1301 who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our community.
George McKenzie
Hershel L.Morris
James E. Delanty 
Harold A. Leach
Wayne Stanturf
Tom Cotter
Mike Audap
Donald E. Moore
Earl L. Hilliard 
Robert Chollman 
Harold R. Elliot
Philip S. Gray
Grant G. Young 
Michael L. Heffner 
Brian D. Massey
Thank you for your service, may you rest in peace. 🇺🇸
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#IAFFWallOfHonor #YourKernCountyFirefighters
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony will be held virtually. Please join us September 19 at 11AM MT as we remember our fallen Brothers and Sisters. 
#YourKernCountyFirefighters #RememberTheFallen
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On 09/11/2001 the United States Of America was viciously attacked. 72 Law Enforcement Officers, 55 Military Personnel and 343 Firefighters lost their lives selflessly putting themselves in harms way to defend, protect and attempt to save thousands of American and international citizens. The loss of life that day was truly terrible, but the lives saved by our heroes is incalculable. 
On this 19th anniversary of that terrible day let us pause to remember our honored dead. Let us not dwell on the evil acts perpetrated by cowards, but be grateful for the sacrifice of the brave men and women who rushed in to not only do their job, but go above and beyond the call of duty. Let us remember the feeling of brotherhood and solidarity that brought our nation together in the days and weeks following 9/11. Let us pass along to our children our memories of that day so that we may truly Never Forget. 🇺🇸
With red flag warnings in the Kern County mountains and the typical increase in traffic due to people traveling, your #KernCountyFirefighters want you to have a #safe and Happy Labor Day. 
There are still 58 Local 1301 members out of county on large fires around the state, while stations here in Kern are fully staffed. Your fire fighters are stepping up and working to keep you safe, please help us by being safe too.
Happening today!! Come on out to get some delicious BBQ and support the Kern Secret Witness program. Thank you to all the sponsors that made this possible.
Here’s a huge “THANK YOU!” to Smith's Bakeries for donating 1,700 cookies to this Thursday’s drive thru BBQ benefitting Kern Secret Witness!
We all couldn’t make this fundraiser possible if it wasn’t for the help from our local businesses! 

See you all Thursday 11am-2pm on the corner of Truxtun and L! 🚓🚒👍🏼
Fire activity in the state has exploded. We are now in preparedness level 5, which means we are experiencing so many major incidents that there is potential to exhaust all agency resources. More #KernCountyFirefighters are being deployed this morning on a type 3 strike team 5031C. We will always answer the call and do what we can to help. Please don’t just thank firefighters, instead make sure fire departments are always fully funded. This is the best way to ensure the safety of the public and our firefighters.
Come on out and join #yourkerncountyfirefighters and local law enforcement agencies on the corner of L and Truxton Ave for a BBQ lunch. Enjoy a Tri-Tip sandwich, chips and a cookie. All proceeds will benefit the Kern County Secret Witness Program. We’ll see you out there!
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.
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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.
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