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Brimhall selected as Kern 2008 Firefighter of the Year

The Kern Valley Exchange Club honored three local firefighters and their families during the Second Annual Interagency Firefighter of the Year Awards dinner on Monday night November 17, 2008.  The Bakersfield Field Office fire program selected South Fork Fire Captain 3133, Burns Brimhall, for this outstanding award. (text continues below)

BLM South Fork Captain Burns Brimhall, (left to right), BLM Bakersfield Field Office Manager Tim Smith , Kern Valley Exchange Club Chair Dave Freeland, presenting plaque
BLM South Fork Captain Burns Brimhall, (left to right), BLM Bakersfield Field Office Manager Tim Smith , Kern Valley Exchange Club Chair Dave Freeland who presented the plaque

Burns stood proudly with two other firefighters from the Forest Service and Kern County Fire Department as they were acknowledged by many for their dedication and commitment to the wildland fire program.  Representatives from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office, Assemblywoman Jean Fuller, Kern County Board of Supervisors Jon McQuiston, and Senator Roy Ashburn’s office.  Burn’s mom Sue Brimhall flew in from Wyoming to watch her son receive this award.  Several department chiefs and fire management officers spent timetogether celebrating with good food, lots of laughter, and outstanding community support.

Captain Brimhall’s selection for this award was based on his solid performance throughout the fire season of 2008.  Burns came to Bakersfield from Nevada with 13 years of fire

experience and he represents the desired core values of the Bakersfield BLM fire program.  Burns consistently shows commitment, teamwork, and initiative. 

As a new captain to the BLM South Fork Fire Station, he quickly had to familiarize himself with the communities in the Kern River Valley area and complex interagencyresponsibilities.  He immersed himself to manage a new fire station and new employees, and worked with new management.  His input, fire experience, and willingness to help othersmake him a valuable member of our fire organization. Burns seldom turns down any assignments whether it is fire suppression, prescribed fire, resource project work, prevention, orcommunity chipping days; Burns is a can-do firefighter.

We are proud to have a strong mature individual like Burns Brimhall to represent the BLM Bakersfield Fire program and our mission to manage public lands.

- Debbie Santiago, 11/08


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Last updated: 11-25-2008