Kern County Fire Department adds medical units to fleet

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Fire Department said it will be soon adding medical responders to its response calls.

Fire officials said Monday the department is expanding services by adding six EMTs and six paramedics. The 12 new positions were funded by Measure K — a 1 cent sales tax in Kern County passed in 2022 — the department said.

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The new members will first train in a three-week academy and then begin responding to emergency calls.

“The primary purpose of each medical unit is to provide expedient medical care prior to transport units arriving on scene or to provide support to units on scene with additional medical personnel, equipment and supplies,” the department said in a release.

Officials said the medical units will reduce response times, provide critical care and increase availability of fire responders.

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