The Midway Fire Station is a two engine fire station geographically located in the heart of Taft, California. Primary responsibilities include the direct protection of BLM lands located in western Kern County and several other bordering counties, encompassing many BLM managed oil and gas production lease properties, the area of the Carrizo National Monument, and many other protected public lands. Many of these public lands contain diverse communities of plants, animals and culturally important areas. Some of these special areas that we protect contain threatened and endangered species of animals such as the Giant Kangaroo Rat and the San Joaquin Kit Fox. Midway Fire Station personnel are often involved with prescribed fire and other resource related projects within the Carrizo National Monument, as well as other BLM public land across the state.
Midway Fire Station Engine 3134
Engine 3134 is a 500 gallon Type 3 “Heavy” fire engine that when fully staffed, carries 5 firefighters throughout the fire season, which typically starts early in the month of April and ends mid to late November. Engine 3147 is a 280 gallon Type 6 “light” fire engine which carries 2-3 firefighters and is also staffed throughout the fire season. Both of these engine crews are highly trained, motivated and capable of exercising what they have been taught, to safely and effectively suppress wildfires in a wide range of fuel types (vegetation) and environmental conditions anywhere in the Western United States. Both fire engines located here in Taft, CA are national firefighting resources, ready to respond to fires at any given time, in a moment’s notice. The Midway Fire Station is in a unique place which typically has a high annual fire occurrence frequency depending on fire conditions brought about by natural, environmental conditions, and human factors.
Photo from May 15, 2009 dedication ceremony.