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Passing of Engineer Brian Massey

 

It is with deep sadness and regret that we must announce that Kern County Fire Engineer Brian Massey has passed away.  At 8:00 am on Saturday morning, Brian completed a 48-hour shift at Station 22 in Maricopa.  Later that evening, at approximately 10:00 pm, Brian had a significant medical event while at home.   He was transported to a local hospital where he died.  Brian was 56 years old.  His death will be considered a Line of Duty Death.

Fire Department liaisons are in contact with family members and are available to help them in any way they can.  Brian is survived by his three children Brooke, Breanna, and Brandon; his grandchildren Kinidie and Kenzington; girlfriend of 17 years Glenna Seely; Glenna's children Jason, Shannon, Haley; Glenna's grandchildren Nolan and Grady; his brothers Brett and Todd; and his parents Dale and Karen Massey. 

Brian started his employment with Kern County Fire Department on May 8, 2007.  He previously was employed by Taft Fire Department where he started his firefighting career in 1990. This sudden loss of Brian is very difficult.  Please keep his family in your prayers.

In recognition of Engineer Massey's service to the community, Fire Chief Brian Marshall has ordered flags at all Kern County Fire Stations to be flown at half-staff until 5:00 pm on the day of Brian's funeral.

Services honoring Kern Co. Engineer Brian Massey will be held this Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:30am.

Services will be held at the Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93308.

For other agencies wishing to attend:

Apparatus check in: 10:00 am

Ceremony: 11:30 am

A procession will follow the ceremony to Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield.

Class A dress is preferred and should you be attending with fire apparatus, we request you RSVP to Deputy Chief Michael Miller (mmiller@co.kern.ca.us) with the number of people attending and your agency name.  You will be provided additional logistical information and contact information.

We appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.

 

 

Erskine Fire featured on 60 Minutes

 60 Minutes is featuring a segment on the Erskine Fire.  It is set to air on Sunday, May 28 on CBS at 7pm.

Fire Hazard Reduction Information Update for 2017

A Fire Hazard Reduction Notification has been issued for 2017.   Click the Hazard Reduction Tab for more information.

Hazard Reduction Burning on State Responsibility Area Land

The Kern County Fire Department is now opening hazard reduction burning on State Responsibility Area (SRA) land.

A significant change has occurred in the communities of Lebec, Frazier Park, and Pine Mountain Club. The Los Padres National Forest will no longer administer SRA hazard reduction burning in Kern County. The Kern County Fire stations in these communities will serve as the permitting authority for their respective response areas. Permits will be made available to the public during business hours from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. As always, permits shall be provided only to those property owners who meet the clearance and safety requirements.

Tree Mortality

Tree Mortality rates throughout California have skyrocketed.   Click here for information.

Isabella Dam Update

Click here for the latest information on the the Isabella Dam from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kelso Creek Emergency Operations Plan

The Final Draft of the Kelso Creek Communities Emergency Operations Plan has been released.   Click here for access.

Fire Prevention Has Relocated

Please note that as of Monday, March 13, 2017, the Fire Prevention Division of the Kern County Fire Department will no longer be located at the headquarters office (5642 Victor Street, 93308) or Public Services Building (2700 M Street, 93301).

In order to improve Fire Department’s efficiency to our citizens, both offices have been conveniently consolidated under a cost-neutral agreement to relocate to their new location at 2820 M Street, just north of Golden State Avenue. This strategic location (formally the Parks & Recreation Dept.) is across the street from the Public Services Building and will streamline the permit process as a one-stop shop for our constituents.

The Kern County Fire Prevention Division plays a very important role in the Department’s overall mission. This unit is tasked with implementing the policies and programs that reduce the magnitude of emergencies, and prevents or minimizes the loss of life, property, and environmental damage. The Fire Prevention Division provides education to our public, the engineering per the fire code during plan review, and enforcement of the fire code to meet our goals.

We look forward to serving you at our new location. Operating hours will remain 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday and will be closed for lunch from Noon – 1pm. Also, the Fire Prevention Division can be reached at their new phone number (661) 391-3310 for any questions.

Incidents

Incident Name: Backus Incident Incident Time: 1:31:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-21-2017 Incident Location: Backus Road and...
Incident Name: Eastmont Incident Incident Time: 02:32:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-20-2017 Incident Location: Eastmont...
Incident Name: Bravo Incident Incident Time: 02:04:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-15-2017 Incident Location: Southeast of Hwy...
Incident Name: Sebastian Incident Incident Time: 01:57:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-14-2017 Incident Location: Sebastian...
Incident Name: Hull Incident Incident Time: 03:03:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-13-2017 Incident Location: 40th Street West and...
Incident Name: Round Mountain Incident Incident Time: 6:40:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-6-2017 Incident Location: Round...
Incident Name: Copus Incident Incident Time: 08:09:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-5-2017 Incident Location: 20100 block...
Incident Name: Ranch Incident Incident Time: 12:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-1-2017 Incident Location: 9900 block of Fay...
Incident Name: San Pedro Incident Incident Time: 10:24:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-26-2017 Incident Location: 100 block of...
Incident Name: Kentucky Incident Incident Time: 8:37:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-24-2017 Incident Location: 2700 block...
Incident Name: Flower Incident Incident Time: 10:11:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-22-2017 Incident Location: 1900 block...
Incident Name: Lexington Incident Incident Time: 11:11:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-21-2017 Incident Location: 1900 block...
Incident Name: Seventh Standard Incident Incident Time: 9:41:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-19-2017 Incident Location: 34700...
Incident Name: Mojave Incident Incident Time: 1:10:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-16-2017 Incident Location: Between Backus...
Incident Name: Wofford Heights Incident Incident Time: 12:10:00 p.m. Incident Date: 4-15-2017 Incident Location: Near...
Incident Name: B Street Incident Incident Time: 08:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-15-2017 Incident Location: 2900 block of B...
Incident Name: Beardsley Incident Incident Time: 01:02:00 a.m. Incident Date: 4-01-2017 Incident Location: 200 block...
Incident Name: Acala Incident Incident Time: 4:18:00 p.m. Incident Date: 3-16-2017 Incident Location: 100 block of Acala...
Incident Name: Roberts Incident Incident Time: 9:45:00 p.m. Incident Date: 3-15-2017 Incident Location: 400 block...
Incident Name: Lincoln Incident Incident Time: 2:11:00 a.m. Incident Date: 3-10-2017 Incident Location: 1700 block...
Incident Name: Madre Incident Incident Time: 8:38:00 a.m. Incident Date: 3-4-2017 Incident Location: 21000 block of Madre...
Incident Name: Lincoln Incident Incident Time: 1:45:00 a.m. Incident Date: 3-2-2017 Incident Location: 300 block of...
Incident Name: Evans Incident Incident Time: 5:53:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-27-2017 Incident Location: 300 block of Evans...
Incident Name: Sanders Incident Incident Time: 2:40:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-26-2017 Incident Location: 800 block of...
Incident Name: Linda Lane Incident Incident Time: 5:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 2-26-2017 Incident Location: 15700 block of...
Incident Name: Tulare Incident Incident Time: 2:13:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-19-2017 Incident Location: 200 block of West...
Incident Name: Caliente Incident Incident Time: 10:37:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-17-2017 Incident Location: Caliente...
Incident Name: David Incident Incident Time: 9:51:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-17-2017 Incident Location: David Road, East of...
Incident Name: Poso Creek  Incident Incident Time: 10:15:00 a.m. Incident Date: 2-9-2017 Incident Location: Poso Creek on...
Incident Name: Carrier Parkway Incident Incident Time: 3:34:00 p.m. Incident Date: 2-8-2017 Incident Location: 900 Block...

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