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 girlfriend of 9 years Glenna Hammond; 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. 

Backus Incident

Incident Name: Mojave Incident
Incident Time: 1:10:00 p.m.
Incident Date: 4-16-2017
Incident Location: Between Backus Road and 30th Street West
Incident Type: Grass Fire
Equipment Assigned:

KCFD Patrols 11, 12, 13, 14, 15; Engines 312, 314, 315, 318, 345; Water Tender 11;Battalion 1; Helicopter 408

Edwards Division 4; Water Tender 18

BLM Engine 3648   

Personnel: 29


Mojave,  CA

Shorty after 1:00 pm the Kern County Fire Department received multiple calls for a grass fire in Mojave between Backus Road and 30th Street West. First arriving crews were faced with an approximately 15 acre grass fire with a moderate rate of spread driven by wind. Crews aggressively attacked the fire and requested KCFD Helicopter 408 to assist with water drops to stop the progression of the fire. Once crews were able to gain full containment of the fire, a total of 150 acres of grass had burned. Crews remained on scene for approximately 3 hour mopping up the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind residents to make sure they maintain the required defensible space around their home. The Kern County weather is beginning to heat up and humidities are starting to drop, which is causing the vegetation to dry out and become very susceptible to burning. 

Evacuations: None - No immediate threat to homes

Closures: None

Assisting Agencies:  Kern County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Land Management & Edwards Fire Department



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