Bakersfield Fire Department

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Bakersfield Fire Department
BakersfieldFireDepartmentLogo.png
Operational area
Country  United States
State  California
City Bakersfield
Agency overview[1]
Established May 13, 1877
Annual calls 32,032 (2013)
Employees 199 (2014)
Annual budget $34,201,033 (2014)
Staffing Career
Fire chief Douglas Greener
IAFF 246
Facilities and equipment[2]
Battalions 2
Stations 14
Engines 15
Trucks 3
HAZMAT 1
USAR 1
Wildland 4 - Type 3
2 - Type 6
Website
Official website
IAFF website

The Bakersfield Fire Department (BFD) is a metro fire protection agency that serves the City of Bakersfield, California. The department currently serves a population of approximately 334,000, making the City of Bakersfield the 9th largest in California.

History[edit]

BFD Steam Fire Engine #2 circa 1912

The Bakersfield Fire Department has its earliest origins back to 1868. During this time, Colonel Thomas Baker (founder of the City of Bakersfield) kept wooden buckets full of water to fight any fires that threatened the area of Bakersfield.[3] In 1874, the Bakersfield Fire Company was organized with a small number of Firefighters, who would often sponsor events in the area to raise money for needed fire equipment and apparatus. On May 13, 1877, the Bakersfield Fire Department was formally established.[3] In 1910, Kern City merged with Bakersfield, giving the City of Bakersfield an additional fire station, Station 2. Four years later, in 1914, the Bakersfield Fire Department became completely motorized.[3]

Emergency Communications Center[edit]

The Bakersfield Fire Department's communications division, known as ECC (Emergency Communications Center), is located in the Whiting Communications Center in Northeast Bakersfield. ECC is a joint dispatch center for the Kern County, Bakersfield City, and California City Fire Departments. Built in 1988, ECC is responsible for dispatching resources over an area of approximately 8,100 square miles (21,000 km2) that includes 65 fire stations. ECC's approximate call volume is 82,000 calls a year and processes Emergency and Non-Emergency Fire and Medical 911 calls for the entire County of Kern.[4]

Stations and apparatus[edit]

BFD Engine 1

The BFD has 14 stations spread across the city.[2]

Address Engine Truck Wildland Other
1 2101 H St Engine 1 Truck 1 Engine 301 Battalion 1, USAR 1
2 716 E 21st St Engine 2
3 3400 Palm Ave Engine 3
4 130 Bernard St Engine 4 Engine 304
5 106 E White Ln Engine 5
6 127 MeBrundage Ln Engine 6 Patrol 6 Battalion 2
7 4030 Soranno Dr Engine 7
OES 299
Truck 7
8 2213 University Ave Engine 8 Engine 308
9 7912 Westwold Dr Engine 9
10 12100 Alfred Harrell Hwy Engine 10 Patrol 10
11 7000 Stockdale Hwy Engine 11 Light Air 1
13 4900 Poppyseed St Engine 12
14 5815 Mountain Vista Dr Engine 14 Engine 314
15 1415 Buena Vista Rd Engine 15 Truck 15 HazMat 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). City of Bakersfield. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Bakersfield Fire Department". California Firefighters. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "History, 1868 to 1956". Bakersfield Fire Department Historical Archive. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved January 29, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Emergency Communications Center". Bakersfield Fire Department. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 

Coordinates: 35°22′42″N 119°1′16″W / 35.37833°N 119.02111°W / 35.37833; -119.02111