|Annual calls||78,200 (2016)|
|Annual budget||$118,152,262 (2010)|
|Fire chief||Brian Marshall|
|Facilities and equipment|
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).
The KCFD has two helicopters in their air operations unit, H-407 and H-408. 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. 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 hoses.
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.
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.
Battalion 4 comprises the unincorporated parts of Bakersfield to the East and South.
Battalion 5 is located in the South and South West portion of the County 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.
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, Randsburg,and incorperated city of Ridgecrest, California.