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Kern County Board of Supervisors names new fire chief

Aaron Duncan has 20 years of experience.
Posted at 2:47 PM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 02:39:04-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — After more than 20 years with the Kern County Fire Department, Chief David Witt is retiring at the end of July. On Tuesday, the Kern County board of supervisors selected his replacement.

The board unanimously appointed Aaron Duncan as the next Kern County Fire Chief and while he knows the job won't be easy, he says he’s ready to get started.

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Duncan joined the KCFD at 19 years old and has remained with the department since. He grew up here in Kern County and says his roots are here so he plans to stay here for the rest of his career.
He also says that he's proud and excited for what’s to come.
“It's an honor and a privilege to even be considered for this job. This department means so much to me. It's filled with the most professional people. There’s a history here. There’s chiefs that come before me, they’ve all done great work and I just hope that I can continue that legacy.”

Duncan also says he’s always wanted to be the best Kern County firefighter he could be and believes the department has a bright future ahead.

Duncan’s role will be effective starting July 19th.

Duncan also says fire season never ends so the department is ready to be there for the community and he wants residents to have a safe Fourth of July.