These numbers represent from 1/1/21 to 9/30/21

3785

Fires

28956

Rescue/EMS

46340

Total Calls

162

On Duty Firefighters

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Awesome outcome and story of how #yourkerncountyfirefighters are providing excellent care throughout Kern County. Great job by all, you truly made a difference. ... See MoreSee Less

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#CD21 #communityservice #keepingussafe

With 60 #KernCountyFirefighters assisting on fires around the state and another approximately 60+ “open”positions in stations means the understaffed Kern County Fire Department is having to make the firefighters work record amounts of forced hours. Proper staffing in stations is essential in the effectiveness of protecting the many communities in Kern County we are proud to serve.As the #WindyFire and the #KNPComplex Fire continue to burn, Kern County Fire Department is answering the call to help whenever we can. We currently have approximately 60 fire personnel assisting other agencies, as we fight these fires together.
#kerncountyfiredepartment
#Yearroundfireseason
#mutualaid
#helpingourneighbors
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With 60 #KernCountyFirefighters assisting on fires around the state and another approximately 60+ “open”positions in stations means the understaffed Kern County Fire Department is having to make the firefighters work record amounts of forced hours. Proper staffing in stations is essential in the effectiveness of protecting the many communities in Kern County we are proud to serve.

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So when The Californian runs their annual story about how much overtime Kern County Firefighters are paid don’t complain.

Unfortunately more Members of Kern Fire Dept will look for better opportunities with other Agencies. I feel its time to remove all members of The BOS.

Maybe it’s time for the department to reevaluate its commitment to out-of-county assignments and not accept as many so it can help reduce the number of forced /mandatory overtime for its firefighters.

So would that also mean a proper budget that correlates with the cost of doing business at the correct levels, at safe levels, at a minimum industrial standard? Maybe standards set by not only industry, but the laws of the land? How long has this rhetoric fell on deaf ears? When will it change? One cannot keep going about doing the same thing, when the same thing does not, has not proven to work.

The amount of mandatories ( forced overtime) this year has been insane compared to years past. Many are getting paid straight time for this forced overtime due to changes the BOS made last year as well…leading to a ridiculous amount of mandatories. The firefighters are always heroes in the media……..until it’s time to pay them. BTW? What ever happened to the “ bonuses/hazard pay” the first responders were supposed to get for working through the pandemic? 🤔

Didn't the board of Supervisors cut funding?

When bureaucrats crap on their constituents and employees, it’s time for change. Run some firefighters against them. Make them unemployed!

God bless the firefighters 🚒 🙏🙏🙏

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We are happy to announce that we have been awarded a generous grant from @cafirefound to fund our Emergency Go-Bag/Radio Giveaway. Thank you California Fire Foundation.

Here we are giving Go-Bags and preparedness materials to folks in Tehachapi.

The Go-Bags are available to residents of Kern County. Register at our website, complete the quiz and we'll get your bag and radio to you. kernfiresafe.org.

#wildfireprevention and preparedness.

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cafirefoundation.org/grants
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Great job rolling up that hose, it’s something so simple as rolling a hose that could change a kids life forever. Thank you to all the firefighters out there we appreciate what you do.

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Shift Schedule

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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.

501(c)(5)  #95-2480612

501(c)(3)  #95-3489994




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Earlier today our law enforcement partners stood bold in the face of danger and in a senseless act of violence, a Deputy Sheriff was tragically killed. Another Deputy is currently being treated at a local hospital. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Kern County Sheriffs Office and Kern Law Enforcement Association. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deputies families, friends, and loved ones.
Your #KernCountyFirefighters would like to wish you a Happy Independence Day!  As you celebrate this 4th of July, please remember that if you choose to light fireworks, make sure you are doing it in a safe and legal way.
Congratulations to our new Fire Chief Aaron Duncan. On behalf of the 1301 board we look forward to working with you on important issues that are ever present throughout our department. We must forge a strong labor/management leadership role so together we may lead this great department into the future. 

                                 David Nelson,
                  President Kern County Firefighters 

📷:Kern County Fire
Let us introduce you to an amazing young woman Hayliee.
 
Hayliee reached out to us to replace our barbeque as part of her Silver Award Project for Girl Scouts. She was moved upon hearing the theft, as she has many memories from her childhood around this barbecue and the positive impacts on our community.  

Many may not know that the Silver Award is the second-highest award she can earn as a Girl Scout Cadette.  To be successful, she must identify an area that her project can have a lasting impact, set goals, and develop a plan to make her project successful. She must also demonstrate leadership through the entire project, from development and fundraising to project completion. 

It has been a wonderful experience working with Hayliee on this project and we are thankful for the partnership and her desire to make a difference. 
Anyone willing to assist Hayliee in reaching her fundraising goals can do so by submitting donations in person at our office, payable to Kern County Firefighters Muster 
7900 Downing Ave Suite D
 or via PayPal by visiting 
www.kerncountyfirefighters.org
Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the @lacountyfd and our brothers and sisters of @iafflocal1014
Today we honor all those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom and democracy. For us, it is a reminder to never forget and continue to honor our fallen service members. 

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”- Mark Twain

Please have a safe Memorial Day. Your #KernCountyFirefighters are on duty and ready to answer the call.
When grilling this weekend remember to follow these easy safety tips:            
•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.
Today is International Firefighter Appreciation Day and we would like to say thank you to the 500 members that make up #YourKernCountyFirefighters. The last few days have been ever busy with two fires that burned almost 4,000 acres and a close call in the City of Delano, where a firefighter was hit by a moving vehicle. We are proud of each and everyone of you and your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. On behalf of your 1301 Board, Thank You! 

County of Kern, California Kern County Fire Department
Have a safe and Happy Easter!
Our thoughts and prayers are with Engineer Kyle Rutherford’s family, friends, and our brothers and sisters of @sac_metro_ff_association.
We wish everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day! For everyone that is off duty or get the night off, please be safe and never drink and drive.
For smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10 year batteries check your smoke alarms when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time​. Press and hold – you should hear a loud beep if it is good. For smoke alarms with replaceable batteries change the batteries when you change your clock. #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips
Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from broken smoke alarms. Check your smoke alarms when you change the clock this Sunday March 14th. #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips
Before placing a child in the bath or getting in the bath yourself, test the water by moving your hand, wrist and forearm through the water. The water should feel warm, not hot, to the touch. #IAFFsafetytips
Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. #IAFFsafetytips
Have a safe Super Bowl Sunday!
#iaffsafetytips
Your #KernCountyFirefighters work in dangerous environments everyday. We know the risks and train often to protect ourselves and the people we serve. Unfortunately in #Lamont, fire fighters encountered a situation we don’t normally deal with. Early Tuesday morning as station 51’s crew were on a call providing medical attention to an elderly female, engine 51 was struck by a bullet which shattered the driver side window.  Luckily no one was in the engine at the time of the shooting and no one was injured. The incident is under investigation and the suspect is still at large.
Physical fitness is paramount as our job is both physically and mentally challenging. On this #StayFitSaturday we honor Captain David Rosa of @longbeachfire engine 10. Captain Rosa was shot and killed while battling a structure fire June 25th 2018. Give it a try and honor his memory. @longbeachfirefighters
There is a common misconception that because the fire is out, you are out of danger. Off-gassing of hazardous compounds and known carcinogens continues to occur even after the production of visible smoke has stopped. 

#FightFFCancer #FFCancerMonth
🚨Public Safety Alert🚨

Today we are experiencing yet another reduction to public safety services. One of the only two Kern County Fire Department advanced life support fire stations, station 25 in #Buttonwillow, will not have a firefighter/paramedic on duty this shift as the writing on the side of the fire engine would lead you to believe. 

Over the last few months and possibly unbeknownst to the residents of County of Kern, California, fully staffing fire stations has become increasingly difficult. Fire stations have been left without adequate staffing or contracted services unfulfilled putting residents and firefighters at an increased risk during the unprecedented pandemic and heightened calls for service. 

Your #KernCountyFirefighters always strive to provide the best service possible to the public. As KCFD continues to be #underfunded it is impeding our ability to provide the service citizens deserve. KCFD has not internally trained a firefighter/paramedic since 2010 and has received very little interest in the open lateral firefighter/paramedic positions. Retention of our high quality firefighters continues to be a major problem. The department is unable to hire enough firefighters to keep up with the mass exodus to other career opportunities causing us to be #understaffed.
Kern County Fire Department is hiring for an upcoming academy. Apply today as this application period closes on January 29th. The above picture is exactly how it’s listed on governmentjobs.com, paramedics are encouraged to apply but is not required. Good luck everyone!              @rio_hondo_fire_academy @oxnardcollegefireacademy @mt.sac_fire_academy @verdugofireacademy @scrfa @chcfireacademy @theelcaminofireacademy @hancockpstcfire @palomarcollege @shastacollege @sacfiretech @bakersfieldcollege
Welcome to Week 3 of Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month! This week we will kick your knowledge into action. We know that cancer is a big issue facing the fire service, but you can prevent or limit your exposure to carcinogens. 

In Week 3 we address the best practices that should be followed on the fire ground, at the station and in your personal lives. They include preliminary exposure reduction, on-scene gross decontamination, clean cab concept and modifiable risk factors. #FightFFCancer #FFCancerMonth
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” -Martin Luther King Jr.  #yourkerncountyfirefighters serving @yourkerncounty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, make an opportunity to be of service to others.
Your #KernCountyFirefighters are pleased to announce a well deserved retirement. After 33 years Engineer Felix Lesaca has retired from the Kern County Fire Department. Please join us in congratulating him.  

Felix promoted to the rank of engineer in March of 2000 and for over 15 years he proudly served the city of #Maricopa.
We invite you to join us for Week 2 of Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month as we explore scientific research that identifies the link between occupational exposures and cancer rates among firefighters. Additionally, we will look at research on screening for cancer and exposure routes.

https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/FFCancer_Exposure.pdf

#FFCancerMonth #FightFFCancer
On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the men and women of law enforcement for their tireless dedication to keeping us all safe.
Even though personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for firefighting activities, PPE does not completely eliminate the risk of exposure. Exposures can occur in all stages of firefighting, including knockdown and overhaul, and back at the station through contaminated PPE or equipment that may be off-gassing or through diesel exhaust. 

#FightFFCancer #FirefighterCancerMonth

https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/FFCancer_CarcinogenicExposures.pdf
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