County seeks community input on hazard identification, risk assessment program

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The Kern County Fire Department is asking for community input on the Threats and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment program Kern County faces.

Kern County Fire Department Chief Brian Marshall talked about the program at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

It’s part of a new requirement for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, because the county receives Homeland Security grants that all go to first responder agencies, including fire, sheriff, and public health.

The money is intended to help those departments better meet threats posed to our country.

Those departments must complete the threat assessment program that involves five mission areas: Prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.

Chief Marshall says a special meeting is planned later this month for public input.

“It’s very important that we cover this again from the total Kern County perspective. We will be in the board chambers taking that community input, putting together a threat assessment plan for the county so we’re better prepared to respond to emergencies, hopefully that do not occur, but we will be prepared,” he said.

If you have any input you can email thira@kerncountyfire.org. The community meeting is scheduled for July 19 at the Supervisors Chambers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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