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Kern County (CA)


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Kern County Fire Dept.'s

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Kern Dispatch Agency Control Codes

From time to time you will hear agencies identifing themselves or being identified by various units. The "control" system has largely been abandoned, but can still occasionally be heard.

  • Control 1 - Kern County Sheriff Department
  • Control 2 - Bakersfield Police Department
  • Control 3 - Bakersfield Office of the California Highway Patrol
  • Control 4 - Fire Department Dispatch
  • Control 5 - Kern County Radio Shop

The Sheriff's Department still uses Control 1 as an identifer. The Fire Department consolidated dispatch center is now known as the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) and is identified as such. The ECC dispatches for the Kern County Fire Department, City of Bakersfield Fire Department and California City Fire Department. The Sheriff's Dispatchers, Fire Dispatchers, Emergency Management and county radio shop all share the same facility.

Bakersfield Fire Department Stations

  • Station 1 - 21 Street x H Street - Fire Department HQ Engine 1, Squad 1, Light/Air Van, Battalion 1, Rescue Engine (not yet in service)
  • Station 2 - E21 Street x Baker Street Engine 2, Hazmat Decon trailer
  • Station 3 - Palm Street x Real Road Engine 3
  • Station 4 - Bernard Street x Sacramento Street Engine 4
  • Station 5 - South Union Avenue x White Lane Engine 5, Squad 5
  • Station 6 - Brundage Lane x South Union Avenue Engine 6, Battalion 2
  • Station 7 - Sorrano Street x Akers Road Engine 7, Truck 7
  • Station 8 - Mount Vernon Avenue x University Avenue Engine 8, Squad 8
  • Station 9 - Gosford Road x Westwold Drive Engine 9
  • Station 10 - Lake Ming Road x Alfred Harrell Highway Engine 10, Swift Water Rescue equipment
  • Station 11 - Stockdale Highway x North El Rio Drive Engine 11
  • Station 12 - Future Station
  • Station 13 - Poppyseed Street x Stine Road Engine 13, Squad 13
  • Station 14 - Future Station
  • Station 15 - Ming Avenue x Buena Vista Road Engine 15, Truck 15, Hazmat Truck
  • Battalion 1 consists of: Stations 1,2,3,4,8,10,11
  • Battalion 2 consists of: Stations 5,6,7,9,13,15

The City of Bakersfield and Kern County operate a "Joint Powers Agreement" in which the closest unit in the metro area will respond to fire and medical emergencies. You can hear either agency on either's radio system depending on if its a city or counties first due area. A "reinforced alarm" is an addition engine and truck to the incident.

Kern County EMS

EMS services are provided by local ambulance companies.
Fire department first responds to most calls.
Liberty Ambulance is dispatched by Hall Ambulance.

Kern EMS Dispatch Codes

Kern County uses Emergency Medical Dispatch codes for all EMS related calls. Kern County uses the National Academy/Priority Dispatch EMD system.

Priority Codes

  • OMEGA - Public Assistance
  • ALPHA - Cold BLS response
  • BRAVO - Hot BLS response
  • CHARLIE - Cold ALS response
  • DELTA - Hot ALS response
  • ECHO - Hot ALS life threatening response
    • Echo level calls are only valid for certain calls, such as cardiac arrest, full blockage choking, or person not breathing calls.

Two additional response codes may be heard:

  • Code 2 - Non-emergency/No lights or sirens
  • Code 3 - Emergency response

Chief Complaint

  • 01 - Abdominal Pain
  • 02 - Alleriges/Allergic Reaction
  • 03 - Animal Bites/Attacks
  • 04 - Assault
  • 05 - Back Pain
  • 06 - Breathing Problems
  • 07 - Burns/Explosion
  • 08 - Carbon Monoxide/Inhalation/Hazmat
  • 09 - Cardiac/Respiratory Arrest/Death
  • 10 - Chest Pain
  • 11 - Choking
  • 12 - Seizures
  • 13 - Diabetic emergency
  • 14 - Drowning/SCUBA/Diving
  • 15 - Lightning/Electrocution
  • 16 - Eye Problem
  • 17 - Falls
  • 18 - Headache
  • 19 - Heart Problems
  • 20 - Cold/Heat Emergencies
  • 21 - Lacerations/Bleeding
  • 22 - Inaccessible/Entrapment (not motor vehicle)
  • 23 - Overdose/Poisoning
  • 24 - Pregnancy
  • 25 - Psychiatric
  • 26 - Sick Person/Generally Ill
  • 27 - Penetration Trauma/Stabbing/Gunshot
  • 28 - Stroke/CVA
  • 29 - Transportation Accident (MVA/TC)
  • 30 - Traumatic Injury
  • 31 - Fainting/Unconscious
  • 32 - Unknown Problem/Man Down
  • 33 - Patient Transfer
  • 34 - Automatic Crash Notification (OnStar type services)

The format is chief complaint, response, complaint subcategory.

  • Example: 17-ALPHA-1; Fall Victim, BLS response. -1 is a complaint subcatagory. There are many, and are not listed here.

Kern County Fire Stations

Battalion 1

  • 11 - Keene (Battalion HQ)
  • 12 - Tehachapi
  • 14 - Mojave
  • 15 - Rosamond
  • 16 - Bear Valley Springs
  • 17 - Boron
  • 18 - Stallion Springs
  • Assisting Agencies:
    • 190 - California City
    • 916 - CCI Tehachapi

Battalion 2

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

Battalion 3

  • 31 - Wasco
  • 32 - Shafter
  • 33 - McFarland (Battalion HQ)
  • 34 - Delano
  • 35 - Woody
  • 36 - Glennville
  • 37 - Delano West
  • Assisting Agencies:
    • 931 - CCI Wasco
    • 937 - CCI North Kern (Delano)

Battalion 4

  • 41 - Virginia Colony (Battalion HQ)
  • 42 - Niles
  • 45 - Edison & Fire Heavy Equipment Facility
  • 51 - Lamont
  • 52 - Greenfield
  • 53 - Old River

Battalion 5

  • 54 - Arvin
  • 55 - Tejon (Battalion HQ)
  • 56 - Lebec
  • 57 - Frazier Park
  • 58 - Pine Mtn. Club

Battalion 6

  • 61 - Norris (Battalion HQ)
  • 62 - Meadows Field
  • 63 - Highland
  • 64 - Riverview
  • 65 - Greenacres
  • 66 - Landco
  • 67 - Rosedale

Battalion 7

  • 71 - Southlake (Battalion HQ)
  • 72 - Lake Isabella
  • 73 - Inyokern
  • 74 - Ridgecrest
  • 75 - Randsburg
  • 76 - Kernville
  • 77 - Ridgecrest Heights
  • 78 - Piute

Kern County Fire Station Alert Tones

Station      Tone A     Tone B 
All Call        ---     1092.4
Battalion 1  1122.1      349.0
Battalion 2  1122.1      368.5
Battalion 3  1122.1      389.0
Battalion 4  1122.1      410.8
Battalion 5  1122.1      433.7
Battalion 6  1122.1      457.9
Battalion 7  1122.1      483.5
Station 11   1153.4      349.0
Station 12   1153.4      368.5
Station 13   1153.4      389.0
Station 14   1153.4      410.8
Station 15   1153.4      433.7
Station 16   1153.4      457.9
Station 17   1153.4      483.5
Station 18   1153.4      510.5
Station 21   1185.2      340.0
Station 22   1185.2      368.5
Station 23   1185.2      389.0
Station 24   1185.2      410.8
Station 25   1185.2      433.7
Station 26   1185.2      457.9
Station 31   1217.8      349.0
Station 32   1217.8      368.5
Station 33   1217.8      389.0
Station 34   1217.8      410.8
Station 35   1217.8      433.7
Station 36   1217.8      457.9
Station 37   1217.8      483.5
Station 41   1251.4      349.0
Station 42   1251.4      368.5
Station 45   1251.4      433.7
Station 51   1285.8      349.0
Station 52   1285.8      368.5
Station 53   1285.8      389.0
Station 54   1285.8      410.8
Station 55   1285.8      433.7 
Station 56   1285.8      457.9
Station 57   1285.8      483.5
Station 58   1285.8      510.5
Station 61   1321.2      349.0     
Station 62   1321.2      368.5
Station 63   1321.2      389.0
Station 64   1321.2      410.8
Station 65   1321.2      433.7
Station 66   1321.2      457.9
Station 67   1321.2      483.5
Station 71   1357.6      349.0
Station 72   1357.6      368.5
Station 73   1357.6      389.0
Station 74   1357.6      410.8
Station 75   1357.6      433.7
Station 76   1357.6      457.9
Station 77   1357.6      483.5
Station 78   1357.6      510.5
Copter 408   1153.4      288.5
Station 190  1433.4      288.5 California City
Care/Kern     304.7      313.0 Ambulance
Medevac 1     304.7      288.5 Bakersfield Meadows Field
Mercy Air 14  304.7      296.5 Mojave Air and Spaceport
Kern Dozer   1251.4      953.7

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