Fire Chief’s Message
Fire Chief – David Witt
“To enhance the quality of life in Kern County
by protecting and serving our citizens.”
We are currently developing a Strategic Plan, in order to both describe existing services and to guide the growth of the department as the County continues to grow.
We have started with our own vision and mission statements that are being rewritten to follow the pattern established by the Board of Supervisors' Strategic Plan:
Fire & Emergency Services Mission Statement:
"The Kern County Fire Department is dedicated to protecting life and property by providing effective public education, fire prevention, and emergency services. We are committed to proudly serve our community in the safest, most professional, and efficient manner."
To fulfill our mission we will actively participate in our community, serve as role models, and continually seek ways to maximize resources while preserving essential services deemed excellent by our customers. We will continually evaluate the type of service, method of delivery and equipment needed to perform our duties.
- Safety first is not just a commitment, it is a way of life
- We are responsible for our actions
- People are our most valuable resource
- We will present a positive appearance and attitude
- Compassion, fairness, and integrity are practiced in all our endeavors
- We will promote the use of quality principles, concepts, and technologies
- Pride, the pursuit of excellence, and commitment to customer service are of paramount importance
- We are accountable to those we serve
Our value to the community is measured by the fulfillment of these commitments
Leadership- "The art of directing and motivating a group of people toward achieving a common goal or strategy."
Integrity- "The consistent demonstration of sound moral and ethical principles unwavering in any circumstances."
Service- "Providing timely, attentive and upbeat service to the customer/communities; making sure their needs are met in a manner that reflects positively on the department."