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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Today your Kern County Firefighters would like to wish Fair Winds and Following Seas to Engineer Steve Abenoja. Abby to most and something unmentionable to a few... Engineer Abenoja has dedicated 21 years to the Kern County Fire Department, the bulk of that at one of the busiest fire houses in the county, Station 41 Virginia Colony.

The embodiment of fitness, Abby has taught physical training in every single recruit academy since 2003! 5:30 AM day in and day out for 16-20 weeks at a time without fail he was there with passion, quick wit and creativity. His model of physical training was meant to not only build up recruit’s bodies to handle the rigors of the job, but also mould their minds to pay attention to detail and develop the mental fortitude needed to take on the difficult tasks firefighters face on a daily basis.

Ever the consummate professional, Abby took pride in training young firefighters in all things fire department and delivering excellent service on every incident. Good luck salty dog! We will continue to carry on your mantra of “All we do in this outfit is work, work work!”

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Enjoy your well deserved Retirement. Thank you for all the years you have been a firefighter and all who learned from you. 👍💙🇺🇸

Abby, I can’t believe it’s been this long. Godspeed my friend!! I hope you ( and Birgit!) have a long, healthy and happy Retirement. So well earned and worked so hard for. Wünsche dir von Herzen alles gute!!

Virginia Colony is the best!! My brother, Chief Brian Marshall was stationed there back in the day.♥️

And all the future KCFD Fire Cadets are breathing a sigh of relief in regards to their future morning workouts.

Congratulations on your Retirement well deserved! Enjoy every minute of it!

Congratulations on your retirement! Thanks for your Service!

Safe travels on your future endeavors! Happy Retirement and thank you!

Praying you will have a happy and safe Retirement. Thank you for your excellent and faithful service.

Congratulations on a job well done..Enjoy your retirement.

Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your years of service.

KCFD is loosing another good one! Enjoy your next adventure Abby 🔥🇺🇸

Huge loss for KCFD. Enjoy your next chapter, Abby! I'll never forget taking a spin on your R6 at Rosamond! 👍

Will always be a special place in my heart Abby!! Enjoy Sir, you deserve it!!

Another Legend gone! Enjoy man!

Enjoy a long, healthy and happy retirement. Thank you for your service.

Definitely leaving a big hole to fill. You'll be missed Abby.

Do you no Kevin Ostrinski?????

Best wishes Abby. Thank you for your time.

Good luck and God be with you always, Steve!

Congratulations from 15B

God bless you sir, and thank you.

Best Wishes for the rest of your life!

Thank-you for your excellent service.

Congrats Abby!

You’re the BEST!!!❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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After 33 days of multiple fires throughout the state, Strike Team 9320C has returned home. Starting with the Holser Fire on August 17th, they continued on to the River, SCU Lightning Complex, and finally the Creek Fire. We continue to support fires throughout the state with Task Force 5812 (Castle Fire), Strike Team 9350L (Creek Fire), REMS 52 (Creek Fire) and multiple members of incident management teams. Thank you to our members for ensuring that ALL fire stations remained staffed and to everyone assigned to incidents around the state. Your continued sacrifice and constant disruption to your life is noticed and your 1301 board appreciates you all. 23ABC Bakersfield California Professional Firefighters BakersfieldNow The Bakersfield Californian ... See MoreSee Less

After 33 days of multiple fires throughout the state, Strike Team 9320C has returned home. Starting with the Holser Fire on August 17th, they continued on to the River, SCU Lightning Complex, and finally the Creek Fire. We continue to support fires throughout the state with Task Force 5812 (Castle Fire), Strike Team 9350L (Creek Fire), REMS 52 (Creek Fire) and multiple members of incident management teams.  Thank you to our members for ensuring that ALL fire stations remained staffed and to everyone assigned to incidents around the state.  Your continued sacrifice and constant disruption to your life is noticed and your 1301 board appreciates you all.  23ABC Bakersfield California Professional Firefighters BakersfieldNow The Bakersfield CalifornianImage attachmentImage attachment

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Thanks to all that you do in such a Dangerous job .. Much love.

So grateful for each and every one of you that has been out on that line somewhere in our state it goes without saying you are heroes please be safe out there and know that we back you thank you again

Words cannot express our gratitude. Prayers for all who serve to protect our community ies. Firefighters appreciate the sacrifices that are made for us👨‍🚒

33 days!! WOW!! So glad to know your back to your Families & Home. Thank you for your good team work together to be home again. 💙🇺🇸👏

I pray daily that our crews come back safely to their families....you guys are awesome! STAY safe and know that you are appreciated by your co-workers.

My respect & gratitude for all of you is immense. Your dedication & courage are appreciated more than you'll ever know. May God protect you all‼️

Thanks for an amazing job in.amazingly difficult conditions.

Did they fight in the SQF Complex Fire??

Welcome home & thank you all for everything you do locally & afar. I appreciate & support you always!

God Bless You all! I thank you and your families

Yes our KCFD people are awesome 😎

Thank you for your service ❤️ Love you guys for keeping us safe!!

Welcome home thanks for all your hard work in keeping us safe thank you

You also have crew 11 (Tehachapi) on the SQF complex.

Welcome home and thank you for your hard work and sacrifice! ❤🔥❤🔥

Enjoy your rest welcome home and thank you so much for keeping all of these communities safe🦸‍♀️🦸‍♂️🚒👨‍🚒👩‍🚒🥰🇺🇲

Thank each and everyone of you, God Bless 🙏✝️❤️

All of us appreciate you!

Thank you all for continued hard work!!

God bless these firemen. welcome home guys. Thank you for the service that you provide.

Thank you to fireman family.

So much love and gratitude to each and everyone of you and your families..My book says you all are angels..Gid bless you all..

Thank you all for all that you do. I pray for your safety.

❤️🙏 thank you

Prayers💙

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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.

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.

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. 🇺🇸

#iaffwallofhonor #yourkerncountyfirefighters
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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

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Rest in peace job well done !

🙏🙏🙏🙏💙💗

❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️

❤️🙏

From my heart, to all SUPER HEROS IN YELLOW JACKETS. People don't realize this enough, you Women And Men are made of real steal, you don't carry weapons or shields. You run straight in to battle the monster of fire and sometimes you just make a kitten rescue. You All will always be honored in my family, RIP yellow jacket heros around the world. Special thanks to BORON STATION 17 and SAN BERNARDINO-2/27/2017 YOU SAVED MY LIFE MVA ON HWY 58. YES I AM STILL ALIVE ( was the driver in the white Chevy spark ).

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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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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
#IAFF

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. 🇺🇸
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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. 🇺🇸

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God bless all the first responders and God bless America. Keep our fire fighters in our prayers as they are working every hard with all the Fires 🔥.

God Bless our first responders! #neverforget

You forgot the EMS workers who died!!

We honor both the brave dead and those among us still fighting with valor for all of us! Thank you first responders for your unselfish and courageous service!❤️

As a firefighter’s 👩‍🚒 mother it is eternally engraved in my heart ❤️

One of my favorite photos from 9/11. Thank you to all of the firefighters who risk their lives everyday. We honor and remember those who lost their lives 9/11. 🇺🇸

We must Never Forget ‼🇺🇲

God Bless America!!!

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸💙🚒💗🚒

💙❤️

❤🇺🇸

❤️🙏🏻😓🇺🇸🇺🇸

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The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com

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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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. 
•
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. 
•
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
#IAFF
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.
California Professional Firefighters International Association of Fire Fighters
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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.
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

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🔥🔥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

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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

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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,
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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
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