Kern County Fire Department

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Kern County Fire Department
Kern County Fire Department Logo.png
Operational area
Country  United States
State  California
County Kern
Agency overview[1]
Annual calls 59,442 (2010)
Employees 546 (uniformed)
Annual budget $118,152,262 (2010)
Fire chief Brian Marshall
IAFF 1301
Facilities and equipment[1]
Battalions 7
Stations 47
Engines 55
Trucks 3
Quints 1
Tenders 5
HAZMAT 2
USAR 2
Airport crash 3
Bulldozers 12
Airplanes 1
Helicopters 2
Website
www.kerncountyfire.org
www.kerncountyfirefighters.org

The Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) provides fire protection and emergency response services for the unincorporated areas of Kern County, California, and for multiple cities within the county. The department covers an area which spans over 8,000 square miles (21,000 km2).

In addition to the unincorporated areas of Kern County, the department also services the cities of Arvin, Delano, Maricopa, McFarland, Ridgecrest, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi and Wasco.[2]

Equipment[edit]

Helicopters[edit]

The KCFD has two helicopters in their air operations unit, H-407 and H-408.[1] Both helos are Bell UH-1H "Huey"s and are fitted for both hoisting of personnel for a rescue as well as for dropping of water during a fire.[3][4] The underside can also be fitted with water dropping tanks that carry 320 gallons of water and have the ability to pump water from a reservoir or other water source or they can be filled on the ground with fire hose.

Emergency Operations[edit]

Battalion 1 - Central Mountains/Desert[edit]

Battalion 1 comprises the southeastern portion of Kern County. It is divided by Highway 58 that runs east and west and by Highway 14 that runs north and south. A portion of the California Aqueduct, which runs north and south, serves as the eastern boundary of the State Responsibility Area (SRA) for Battalion 1. The western edge of the SRA in Battalion 1 is established by the southeastern edge of the San Joaquin Valley. Battalion one provides fire protection services for the incorporated cities of Tehachapi, Arvin and Rosamond.[5]

Stations
  • 11: Keene (Battalion 1 HQ)
  • 12: Tehachapi
  • 13: Golden Hills
  • 14: Mojave
  • 15: Rosamond
  • 16: Bear Valley
  • 17: Boron
  • 18: Stallion Springs

Battalion 2 - Western Kern[edit]

Battalion 2 makes up most of the west side of the County of Kern, specifically areas west of Highway 33 and the area surrounding Highway 166. There are no large incorporated cities within Battalion 2.[6]

Stations
  • 21: Taft (Battalion 2 HQ)
  • 22: Maricopa
  • 23: Fellows
  • 24: McKittrick
  • 25: Buttonwillow
  • 26: Lost Hills

Battalion 3 - North Kern[edit]

Battalion 3 includes the north central portion of the county with Highway 65 serving as the western boundary.[7]

Stations
  • 31: Wasco
  • 32: Shafter
  • 33: McFarland (Battalion 3 HQ)
  • 34: Delano
  • 35: Woody
  • 36: Glennvile
  • 37: Delano West

Battalion 4 - Foothill[edit]

Battalion 4 comprises the unincorporated parts of Bakersfield to the East and South.[8]

Stations
  • 41: Virginia Colony (Battalion 4 HQ)
  • 42: Niles
  • 45: Edison
  • 51: Lamont
  • 52: Greenfiled
  • 53: Old River

Battalion 5 - Mt. Pinos[edit]

Kern County Fire Patrol 57

Battalion 5 is located in the South and South West portion of the County bordering it is bordering Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Included in Battalion 5's coverage area are the cities of Lebec, Frazier Park, Lake of the Woods, Pinion Pines and Pine Mountain Club.[9]

Stations
  • 54: Arvin
  • 55: Tejon Ranch (Battalion 5 HQ)
  • 56: Lebec
  • 57: Frazier Park
  • 58: Pine Mountain Club

Battalion 6 - Valley Metro[edit]

Stations
  • 61: Norris
  • 62: Meadows Field
  • 63: Highland
  • 64: River View
  • 65: Greenacres (Battalion 6 HQ)
  • 66: Landco
  • 67: Rosedale

Battalion 7 - Kern River Valley[edit]

Battalion 7 is located in the northeast portion of the county. Within the coverage area are the towns of Havilah, Lake Isabella, Bodfish, Wofford Heights, Kernville and South Lake.[10]

Stations
  • 71: South Lake (Battalion 7 HQ)
  • 72: Lake Isabella
  • 73: Inyokern
  • 74: Ridgecrest
  • 75: Randsburg
  • 76: Kernville
  • 77: Ridgecrest Heights
  • 78: Piute

Rank Structure[edit]

  • Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Services
  • Chief Deputy
  • Deputy Chief
  • Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal / Arson Chief
  • Captain / Assistant Fire Marshal / Arson Investigator
  • Engineer
  • Firefighter

Other Fire Departments in Kern County[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Us". Kern County Fire Department. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Stations List". Kern County Fire Department. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "N Number N407KC". FAA. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "N Number N408KC". FAA. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Unit Strategic Fire Plan Kern County Fire Department - Battalion 1" (PDF). Kern County Fire Department. 23 June 2011. p. 5. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Unit Strategic Fire Plan Kern County Fire Department - Battalion 2" (PDF). Kern County Fire Department. 23 June 2011. p. 6. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Unit Strategic Fire Plan Kern County Fire Department - Battalion 3" (PDF). Kern County Fire Department. 23 June 2011. p. 6. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Kern County Fire Department Wildland Fire Management Plan" (PDF). Kern County Fire Department. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Unit Strategic Fire Plan Kern County Fire Department - Battalion 5" (PDF). Kern County Fire Department. 23 June 2011. p. 6. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Unit Strategic Fire Plan Kern County Fire Department - Battalion 7" (PDF). Kern County Fire Department. 23 June 2011. p. 7. Retrieved 14 January 2014.