The Kern County Fire Department announced the opening of its 48th fire station which located in Golden Hills at the Community Services District, located at 21415 Reeves St. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Saturday for the all hazard fire station and was attended by Fire Department personnel, GHCSD board members, and Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner.
"We are very pleased to have it," said Kathy Cassil, GHCSD board member. "It's a beginning, even if it is a temporary fire office."
The fire station will be open during the 2014 wildfire season. The station will be staffed with a full time captain, engineer and firefighter, and will respond to all types of emergencies.
"It's a wonderful benefit for the community," said Larry Barrett, GHCSD board member. "There is a certain window during the summertime of a very high risk of wild fire. During these five or six months, the Kern County fire fighters will be here."
"We are open, and we are running," said Fire Chief Brian Marshall. "We already had our first call this morning."
The seasonal fire stations was made possible by the generous donation of property from the Golden Hills Community Service District were out it is housed. The department plans to evaluate future fire protection needs for the community.
"Instead of a retraction of fire services, we have actually seen an expansion," said Supervisor Scrivner before cutting the blue ribbon.
The fire station will be served by Fire Engine 13.
"Lucky 13," said the fire chief.