For many years public safety has been under attack. Your Kern County Firefighters have been fighting to protect the safety of the public and firefighters every step of the way, unfortunately we are now starting to lose the battle. Year after year fire department budgets include cuts. The fire department and Local 1301 has worked hard to cut costs and bring in revenue, unfortunately the only thing left to cut is services to residents and businesses. Despite what CAO Ryan Alsop believes the fire department is not a for profit business, it is critical infrastructure that must be properly funded. The CAO and Board of Supervisors have used their go to local media sources to spread a false narrative and discontent towards our members. That is why we want to set the record straight with the following facts.