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There is a common misconception that because the fire is out, you are out of danger. Off-gassing of hazardous compounds and known carcinogens continues to occur even after the production of visible smoke has stopped.

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🚨Public Safety Alert🚨

Today we are experiencing yet another reduction to public safety services. One of the only two Kern County Fire Department advanced life support fire stations, station 25 in #Buttonwillow, will not have a firefighter/paramedic on duty this shift as the writing on the side of the fire engine would lead you to believe.

Over the last few months and possibly unbeknownst to the residents of County of Kern, California, fully staffing fire stations has become increasingly difficult. Fire stations have been left without adequate staffing or contracted services unfulfilled putting residents and firefighters at an increased risk during the unprecedented pandemic and heightened calls for service.

Your #KernCountyFirefighters always strive to provide the best service possible to the public. As KCFD continues to be #underfunded it is impeding our ability to provide the service citizens deserve. KCFD has not internally trained a firefighter/paramedic since 2010 and has received very little interest in the open lateral firefighter/paramedic positions. Retention of our high quality firefighters continues to be a major problem. The department is unable to hire enough firefighters to keep up with the mass exodus to other career opportunities causing us to be #understaffed.
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Tulare County Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4757 was formed to give a united voice to the professional firefighters of Tulare County.