Kern County Fire Department

We have both full-time and seasonal opportunities. Take a look at the current positions we have.

Fire Recruit Assistance Program

Join the FRAP and start on your path to becoming a firefighter today!

The Kern County Fire Department is committed to strengthening our local communities by supporting our local communities.


To achieve this we have started the Fire Recruit Assistance Program (FireRAP), a program designed to aid individuals on their fire service career path. The assistance provided through the program benefits each participant as well as their friends, family, and community. The program is available to all and the greater an individual’s needs are, the more the program can help! How so?


The FireRAP provides assistance through three channels: 1) Education at regular workshops. 2) Mentoring by subject matter experts. 3) Connecting participants with organizations that can provide transportation or financial aid.


Example: Isabella attends a FireRAP workshop providing education about the Firefighter 1 Academy enrollment process. She gains confidence but is unsure if she is ready physically. Isabella requests assistance from a mentor who provides her with direction and guidance, which improves her physical fitness level. Oh no, the CPAT testing facility is hours away and Isabella doesn’t have a car! No problem.


Through the FireRAP connections, rideshare is set up so she and others can receive free transportation to the CPAT testing facility… Isabella continues moving forward on her fire service career path.

Explorer Program

Your guide to becoming an Explorer with the Kern County Fire Department

Join the KCFD Explorer Program

The Explorer Program is made up of dedicated men and women who are interested in pursuing a career in the fire service.


Applications are accepted year-round. Names are placed on a waiting list.


Explorers meet twice a month (1st and 3rd Saturday of each month for a drill that usually lasts eight hours. Explorers are trained in the same manner as regular firefighters. Physical Fitness training every Wednesday mandatory.


All meetings will require attendance.

One unexcused absence will be cause for:

 – Suspension
 – Dismissal from the program

Explorers will wear the department approved uniform purchased by the explorer at his/her expense.

Approximately $500.00

The main goal is to train young men and women in the area of the fire service and to assist them in pursuing goals to become a career firefighter. Explorers will experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given the opportunities to take on leadership roles. The Explorer shall have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring and fun environment.

  –  Age Requirement: 15-19 years
  –  Resident of Kern County
  –  Maintain a “B” grade average
  –  Parent/Guardian written approval
  –  Good Health
  –  No Tattoos
  –  No Body Piercing

Explorers will be required to attend public safety events on a monthly basis. Events include the Kern County Fair, Parades, Open Houses at Fire Stations, etc.


Note: These events will take the place of meetings if the event is on the 1st or 3rd Saturday of the month.

Once the Explorer is “Certified”, the Explorer is allowed to ride along with firefighters, drill and observe on emergency scenes.

The certification process includes hands-on testing and a written test.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT Volunteers are encouraged to use this time to ensure their families safety and complete or renew their online training. California Volunteers has provided these flyers for volunteers and ways we can help. 

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