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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This year, more then ever we are thankful. Thankful for our #kerncountyfirefighter families and friends that have supported us through this historic fire season and ongoing unprecedented pandemic.

We hope you are able to spend time with family and friends this holiday season. As always we are here on duty today proudly serving the citizens of the County of Kern, California. We wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Happy Thanksgiving 🍁🦃 Today we are thankful for all your hard work and your service ! God Bless You And All Your Family 💙🇺🇸🙏. 🦃

Happy Thanksgiving and Thankyou for your service. You ALL work so hard, putting out the fires.Thankyou GOD BLESS ALL.

Thank u for all that u do Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving🦃🍁

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Did you know that Thanksgiving Day is the leading date for home cooking fires? Follow these tips to stay safe. #IAFFsafetytips

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Using a turkey fryer? Make sure you know how to do it safely! #IAFFSafetyTips

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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,




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Did you know that Thanksgiving Day is the leading date for home cooking fires? Follow these tips to stay safe. #IAFFsafetytips
On this day we honor the 18 million veterans across this great nation. Their sacrifice, dedication and commitment is second to none. Among our members, each branch of the military is represented and every day they continue to serve without hesitation. On behalf of the nearly 500 members of the Kern County Firefighters Association, thank you for your service to our country.
Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from broken smoke alarms. Check your smoke alarms when you change the clock. #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips
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.
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