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Press Release - 2020 Wildfire Advisory

 

                                                                                              

Press Release

Kern County Fire Department
Office of Public Information
5642 Victor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308

  

 

 

 

 

To:  All Media, Fire Personnel

Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133

Subject: 2020 Wildfire Advisor

As we transition into a time of year known for extreme fire behavior, the Kern County Fire Department would like to announce it is officially upgrading its wildfire response plan as of May 28th, at 8:00 am. This decision has been made after careful coordination with our partner agencies at the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service.

Upgraded wildfire response plans have been used for many decades in the County of Kern with great success. Another key to successfully protecting our communities from wildfires is the Kern County Fire Department’s Air & Wildland program, consisting of:

RESOURCE AVAILABLE
Golden Empire Crew 10 May 28th
Tehachapi Valley Crew 11 May 28th
Alta Sierra Crew 79 May 28th
Helicopter 407 Year-round*
Helicpoter 408 Year-round
Keene Helitack June 12th
Dozer Program (6 dozers) Year-round
Dozer Program seasonal staffing May 14th

 

Rio Bravo Crew 7 will be unstaffed for 2020 due to budget constraints. *H407 is temporarily out of service for routine maintenance.

After multiple years of devastation from wildfires in California we urge all to cultivate fire safe habits. These habits include creating defensible space on your property, avoiding activities that could start a fire, and signing up for emergency notifications at ReadyKern.com. For additional information regarding wildfire safety visit kerncountyfire.org.

Open Burning Closed May 8, 2020

 

                                                                                              

Press Release

Kern County Fire Department
Office of Public Information
5642 Victor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308

  

 

 

 

 

To:  All Media, Fire Personnel

Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133

Subject: Open Burning Closed

May 8, 2020

The Kern County Fire Department would like to notify all residents that Open Burning of Hazard Reduction fuels is closed, effective today at 3:00 pm. This decision was made based on the change of live fuel moisture levels.

As the weather in Kern County heats up and relative humidity drops, vegetation begins to dry out and become very susceptible to fire. The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind residents to make sure they maintain the required defensible space around their home.

For additional fire safety information, visit our website kerncountyfire.org.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

 

                                                                                              

Press Release

Kern County Fire Department
Office of Public Information
5642 Victor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308

  

 

 

 

 

To:  All Media, Fire Personnel

Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133

Subject: Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

The Kern County Fire Department’s Chief David Witt has announced that until further notice all KCFD administrative buildings are closed to the public. This is a precautionary action aimed at limiting or slowing the spread of COVID-19. While facilities such as the Fire Department Headquarters and Fire Prevention Division are closed to the public, fire personnel are continuing to work and fulfill their administrative duties. As a reminder all nonemergency community event support, ride alongs, and station tours are still suspended. These decisions, related to Coronavirus COVID-19, were made out of an abundance of caution and with our community and fire personnel’s safety and health as our highest priority. Please be assured that all fire department activity related to 911 emergencies is ongoing.

We are asking that the community assist us in the following ways:

1) When calling 911, notify call takers if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19
2) Monitor the latest updates from credible sources such as https://kernpublichealth.com/ and cdc.gov/gov/Coronavirus/
3) Protect yourself through everyday preventative actions like- washing your hands,  coughing into your elbow, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces touched often, avoid contact with sick people, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

The Kern County Fire Department is monitoring the situation closely while working in partnership with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure the safety of our community and employees. 

 

                                                     

                                              

 

Today the Kern County Fire Department announces the use of Smart911, which enables its users to create a free, private, and secure Safety Profile. When someone creates a Safety Profile they are planning ahead for potential emergencies. This proactive planning provides Emergency Dispatchers and Firefighters with information that helps them locate and help individuals requiring assistance during an emergency

When creating a Safety Profile users choose how much and what information to provide. Some examples include:

- Address
- Medical History
- Medications
- Allergies
- Pets
- Emergency Contacts

Smart911 is a national service meaning the Safety Profile travels with the user and is accessible by any participating 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center nationwide. 

Register today at smart911.com or download the Mobile App from the App Store or Google Play.

          

                                              

 

 

 Bakersfield, Calif.- The Kern County Fire Department has been awarded a $40,200.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for the purchase of new extrication equipment that will be used to rescue crash victims. Known as the “jaws of life,” first responders use these rescue tools to break apart a wrecked vehicle with the victims trapped inside. The tools help reduce the time it takes to rescue and treat victims.

So far this year, the Kern County Fire Department has responded to 3,419 vehicle accidents, of those 1,317 would be considered major impact rescues. To date 100 separate accidents in 2019 have required extrication.

“These new ‘eDRAULIC’ tools are lighter and easier to maneuver, allowing us to remove a trapped person more quickly, this directly improves the patient’s chances of survival,” said Kern County Fire Chief, David Witt. “When every second counts, having reliable equipment becomes a crucial element for our firefighters to provide life saving care.”

Delays in extrication can negatively impact the patient’s critical “golden hour” of trauma survivability. The “golden hour” for Emergency Medical Services is the core principle of rapid intervention in trauma cases: 1) get to the patient quickly, 2) treat what can be treated on scene, and 3) quickly get the patient to the right hospital. Anything that can be done to reduce each of these time periods aids in patient survival and recovery.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

 

Received a Hazard Reduction Citation?

If you have received a hazard reduction citation and/or need more information click here to request a review.

State Responsibility Area (SRA) Lookup

Cal Fire has provided a data viewer to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA).  SRA boundaries are those adopted by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in January, 2011, updated to reflect changes as of July 1, 2016. They are the official boundaries recognized by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to define the areas where CAL FIRE has financial responsibility for fire suppression and prevention. 

Click Here to Access the Cal Fire SRA Viewer.

Click here for APN/ATN Lookups.

 

Isabella Dam Update

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

Tree Mortality

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

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Past Incident Info

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    Incident Name: Maricopa Incident Incident Time: 8:24:00 a.m. Incident Date: 04-29-2020 Incident Type: Commercial...
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    Incident Name: Tee Incident Incident Time: 8:22:00 p.m. Incident Date: 04-13-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: F Street Incident Incident Time: 5:24:00 p.m. Incident Date: 04-12-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Panama Incident Incident Time: 10:04:00 a.m. Incident Date: 04-08-2020 Incident Type: Commercial...
    Incident Name: Fort Tejon Incident Incident Time: 07:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 04-01-2020 Incident Type: Hazardous...
    Incident Name: Production Incident Incident Time: 01:37:00 a.m. Incident Date: 04-01-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Virginia Incident Incident Time: 04:16:00 a.m. Incident Date: 03-29-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Highway 99 Incident Incident Time: 04:09:00 a.m. Incident Date: 03-22-2020 Incident Type: Technical...
    Incident Name: San Pedro Incident Incident Time: 02:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 03-21-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: General Petroleum Incident Incident Time: 11:26:00 p.m. Incident Date: 03-16-2020 Incident...
    Incident Name: Highway 33 Incident Incident Time: 9:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 03-15-2020 Incident...
    Incident Name: Edgewood Incident Incident Time: 9:35:00 p.m. Incident Date: 02-10-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Edgewood Incident Incident Time: 9:35:00 p.m. Incident Date: 02-10-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: OliveIncident Incident Time: 4:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 02-03-2020 Incident Type: HazMat...
    Incident Name: Hughes Incident Incident Time: 6:20:00 a.m. Incident Date: 01-26-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Taft Incident Incident Time: 9:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 01-22-2020 Incident Type: Hazardous Materials...
    Incident Name: Meyer Incident Incident Time: 1:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 01-12-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Panama Incident Incident Time: 7:19:00 p.m. Incident Date: 01-10-2020 Incident Type: Rescue...
    Incident Name: McCutchen Incident Incident Time: 7:20:00 p.m. Incident Date: 01-04-2020 Incident Type: Technical...
    Incident Name: South Williams Incident Incident Time: 2:14:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-31-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Moneta Incident Incident Time: 05:03:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-31-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Pioneer Incident Incident Time: 01:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-30-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Kernville Incident Incident Time: 02:15:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-29-2019 Incident Type: River...
    Incident Name: Earl Incident Incident Time: 04:41:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-17-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Tehachapi Incident Incident Time: 09:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-08-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Abbott Incident Incident Time: 04:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-01-2019 Incident Type: Structure...

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