FIELD and Kern County Fire Department Sign MOU Three Years in the Making

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FIELD is thrilled to announce that on June 14 a Memorandum of Understanding  (MOU) was finally signed between FIELD and the Kern County Fire Department (KCFD).

FIELD’S CTE Fire Manager Steve Watkins was instrumental in finalizing the agreement, which was signed by FIELD President and CEO David Villarino and Kern County Fire Department Fire Chief Aaron Duncan.

“This is a great achievement regarding the partnership with Kern County Fire Department,” said Watkins. “We continue to help the underserved within our community because FIELD is dedicated to service and fostering those in the community for future self-development.”

As part of the terms of MOU, FIELD will establish and maintain support crews to be available for emergency response, dispatch and provide incident support crews and/or staff for overhead assignments for non-emergency incidents to KCFD, provide all supervision, transportation and basic equipment for the crew and staff, and ensure all FIELD sponsored participants are trained in BASIC 32 or NWCG Firefighter 2 skill level before commencing project work.

KCFD will allow FIELD staff and corps members to access areas that require emergency and non-emergency services, and will provide FIELD with the information required to complete tasks. Work will be performed under the immediate and exclusive supervision of FIELD except when a KCFD Supervisor is required. In either event, KCFD will provide technical assistance and guidance as needed to properly complete the work project(s).