Bakersfield firemen ranked as some of the busiest in nation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Fire Department has some of the busiest firemen in the nation, according to a National Run Survey by the Firehouse magazine. 

The Bakersfield Fire Department's battalion chief 2 ranked as the 12th busiest battalion chief. Engine 6 came in as the 33rd busiest engine and station 1 was the 82nd busiest station in the country. 

"It is kind of bragging rights amongst ourselves to say 'yeah, we're number one in Bakersfield," said Luis Salas, engineer on engine 6. 

The Firehouse magazine looked at 218 stations across the country and compared statistics on department activity, budget and staffing. 

According to the survey, engine 6 was called out 4,300 time in 2013. 

"We average about 12 calls a day and the calls can range from a medical aid to a traffic collision," said Paul Briones, Fire Captain on engine 6. 

Battalion Chief 2, who responds to all high priority calls anywhere south of Highway 58, was called out 2,175 times in 2013.

"With the resources we have we are able to handle the call volume that we have," said Trevor Martinusen, Battalion Chief 2.

Martinusen blames the high call volume on a growing population in Bakersfield, while firemen from engine 6 explained that the 9 -mile area that they cover is made up of many abandoned house fires and medical calls. 

The Kern County Fire Department also came in as having the 36th busiest engine in the country. 

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