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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 

                                                                                              

Press Release

Kern County Fire Department
Office of Public Information
5642 Victor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308

  

 

 

 

 

To:  All Media, Fire Personnel

Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133

Subject: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Shortly before 5:30 a.m. this morning firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department’s station 41 were dispatched for a medical aid call. After dispatch our Emergency Communication Center received updated information that three patients at the location were feeling ill. The call was upgraded to include additional firefighters and a second ambulance. Emergency dispatchers directed all occupants of the home to move outside to fresh air while waiting for firefighters to arrive.

Upon arrival firefighters found one adult and two minors with signs and symptoms consistent with Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Firefighters checked the house with a 4-gas monitor and confirmed the presence of Carbon Monoxide in the home. PG&E was requested to assist. All three patients were transported by Hall ambulance for suspected Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

The house did not have a Carbon Monoxide alarm installed to alert occupants. We would like to remind our community of the importance of installing and regularly testing Carbon Monoxide alarms in the home. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that can be created from household appliances, such as water heaters, wall heaters, ovens, gas ranges, and open fires. Additionally, never leave a vehicle or generator running in an enclosed space.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning Signs and Symptoms can include:

-Dizziness
-Headache
-Fatigue
-Nausea
-Confusion
-Shortness of Breath
-Unconsciousness

If experiencing a combination of these and your Carbon Monoxide alarm sounds move outside to fresh air and call 9-1-1.

 

                                                     

                                              

 

Today the Kern County Fire Department announces the use of Smart911, which enables its users to create a free, private, and secure Safety Profile. When someone creates a Safety Profile they are planning ahead for potential emergencies. This proactive planning provides Emergency Dispatchers and Firefighters with information that helps them locate and help individuals requiring assistance during an emergency

When creating a Safety Profile users choose how much and what information to provide. Some examples include:

- Address
- Medical History
- Medications
- Allergies
- Pets
- Emergency Contacts

Smart911 is a national service meaning the Safety Profile travels with the user and is accessible by any participating 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center nationwide. 

Register today at smart911.com or download the Mobile App from the App Store or Google Play.

Open Burning December 10, 2019

 

                                                                                              

Press Release

Kern County Fire Department
Office of Public Information
5642 Victor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308

  

 

 

 

 

The Kern County Fire Department’s Chief David Witt has announced that Open Burning has been reinstated. This decision was made after a thorough review of multiple factors including, but not limited to: moisture accumulation, long rang weather forecasts, and fuel moisture levels.

All persons burning hazard reduction fuels must complete the appropriate permit in advance. Burn permits are only valid on “Permissive Burn Days” as determined by the APCD. Station Captains, at their discretion, may suspend burn operations in their districts.

Violations of any Burn Permit Terms are a Violation of State Law (Public Resources Code 4421, 4422, 4423, and 4425) 

          

                                              

 

 

 Bakersfield, Calif.- The Kern County Fire Department has been awarded a $40,200.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for the purchase of new extrication equipment that will be used to rescue crash victims. Known as the “jaws of life,” first responders use these rescue tools to break apart a wrecked vehicle with the victims trapped inside. The tools help reduce the time it takes to rescue and treat victims.

So far this year, the Kern County Fire Department has responded to 3,419 vehicle accidents, of those 1,317 would be considered major impact rescues. To date 100 separate accidents in 2019 have required extrication.

“These new ‘eDRAULIC’ tools are lighter and easier to maneuver, allowing us to remove a trapped person more quickly, this directly improves the patient’s chances of survival,” said Kern County Fire Chief, David Witt. “When every second counts, having reliable equipment becomes a crucial element for our firefighters to provide life saving care.”

Delays in extrication can negatively impact the patient’s critical “golden hour” of trauma survivability. The “golden hour” for Emergency Medical Services is the core principle of rapid intervention in trauma cases: 1) get to the patient quickly, 2) treat what can be treated on scene, and 3) quickly get the patient to the right hospital. Anything that can be done to reduce each of these time periods aids in patient survival and recovery.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

 

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Cal Fire has provided a data viewer to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA).  SRA boundaries are those adopted by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in January, 2011, updated to reflect changes as of July 1, 2016. They are the official boundaries recognized by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to define the areas where CAL FIRE has financial responsibility for fire suppression and prevention. 

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Past Incident Info

    Incident Name: Edgewood Incident Incident Time: 9:35:00 p.m. Incident Date: 02-10-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: OliveIncident Incident Time: 4:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 02-03-2020 Incident Type: HazMat...
    Incident Name: Hughes Incident Incident Time: 6:20:00 a.m. Incident Date: 01-26-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Taft Incident Incident Time: 9:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 01-22-2020 Incident Type: Hazardous Materials...
    Incident Name: Meyer Incident Incident Time: 1:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 01-12-2020 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Panama Incident Incident Time: 7:19:00 p.m. Incident Date: 01-10-2020 Incident Type: Rescue...
    Incident Name: McCutchen Incident Incident Time: 7:20:00 p.m. Incident Date: 01-04-2020 Incident Type: Technical...
    Incident Name: South Williams Incident Incident Time: 2:14:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-31-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Moneta Incident Incident Time: 05:03:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-31-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Pioneer Incident Incident Time: 01:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-30-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Kernville Incident Incident Time: 02:15:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-29-2019 Incident Type: River...
    Incident Name: Earl Incident Incident Time: 04:41:00 p.m. Incident Date: 12-17-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Tehachapi Incident Incident Time: 09:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-08-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Abbott Incident Incident Time: 04:40:00 a.m. Incident Date: 12-01-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Wildwood Incident Incident Time: 12:12:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-28-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Esther Incident Incident Time: 4:54:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-26-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Woodrow Incident Incident Time: 11:02:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-25-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Franklin Incident Incident Time: 4:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-25-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Woodrow Incident Incident Time: 7:12:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-21-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Pacific Crest Incident Incident Time: 2:27:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-15-2019 Incident Type: Hoist...
    Incident Name: Pegasus Incident Incident Time: 7:55:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-15-2019 Incident Type: Hazardous...
    Incident Name: High Street Incident Incident Time: 7:54:00 a.m. Incident Date: 11-15-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Line Incident Incident Time: 4:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 11-3-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Carl Lane Incident Incident Time: 10:12:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-28-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Horse Rescue Incident Incident Time: 16:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 10-12-2019 Incident Type: Animal...
    Incident Name: Cattle Fire Incident Incident Time: 12:53:00 a.m. Incident Date: 10-05-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Cattle Fire Incident Incident Time: 12:53:00 a.m. Incident Date: 10-05-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Comanche Incident Incident Time: 2:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-29-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Lookout Incident Incident Time: 12:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-22-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Piute Incident Incident Time: 3:45:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-14-2019 Incident Type: Vehicle...

News

01/31/2020
carbon-monoxid  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Carbon Monoxide...
07/26/2019
suspectarrest  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn - Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Arson Suspect Arrest July 26,...
07/09/2019
fireworksstatistics  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Captain Nate Perkins, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: July 4th Fireworks Statistics July...
03/04/2019
paramedicrevivedlife  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: KCFD Paramedic revived life March  1, 2019 At...
01/14/2019
firefighter-injury-2  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Injury January ...
11/27/2018
burning-restrictions  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Open Burning Restrictions and...
09/13/2018
firefighter-injury  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Injury September...
09/12/2018
digierevacadvisory    STATUS UPDATE:  Evacuation Order Has Been Lifted To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information...
07/09/2018
heatrelatedinjuries  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Tom Ellison, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Heat Related Injuries   This...
06/29/2018
kern-county-fire-assists-in-northern-californiaKern County Fire has sent three fire engines and a total of 18 people Sunday night to help battle fires in Northern California, where the governor has...
03/20/2018
fraudulentextinguishercoCONSUMER ALERT: WATCH OUT FOR FRAUDULENT FIRE EXTINGUISHER/EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS SERVICE COMPANIES   Office of the Fire MarshalKern County Fire...
12/08/2017
resource-updateKCFD Out-of-County Resource Update December 8, 2017  Firefighters, Fire Crews, Fire Dozers, and even Fire Mechanics from the Kern County Fire Department...
11/16/2017
helicopter-articleKern Helicopter In High Demand    This article features helicopters out fitted for night flying in high demand.    Follow the link to a great article...
10/17/2017
helitack-herosFirefighters Tackle California Wildfires October 17, 2017    This article features the Helitack Heroes of H408 and includes some quotes and several...
09/27/2017
puertorico-deploymentsKCFD Deploys Personnel to Puerto Rico and Throughout California September 27, 2017  The Kern County Fire Department has 60 firefighters battling wildfires...

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Incident Name: Edgewood Incident
Incident Time:

9:35:00 p.m.

Incident Date: 02-10-2020
Incident Type: Structure Fire
Injuries: None
Cause: Under Investigation
Equipment Assigned:

Engines 41, 42, 45; Truck 41; Safety 5; KPIO; Arson Units 3, 5; Battalion 4

 

BKFD Truck 7; Battalion1

Total Personnel: 22

Bakersfield, CA

At about 9:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10, a call was received reporting a fire in the backyard of a residential home by neighbors. Upon arrival, fire was observed in the backyard and flames were issuing from the attic. The fire from the attic was threatening additional structures. As firefighters began operations to extinguish the fire they found downed power lines behind the residence. No one could confirm if any residents were home so firefighters began a search inside the residence. No one was found inside. The fire was extinguished and firefighters continued to work at salvaging property for the residents. The residents arrived and Kern County Fire personnel were told 8 people lived in the home, 1 adult and 7 children. Contact with Red Cross was arranged for the family and a California Fire Foundation Save Card was activated for the family. No injuries were reported. 

Assisting Agencies: Red Cross, BKFD, PG&E

 

 
Incident Name: OliveIncident
Incident Time:

4:00:00 p.m.

Incident Date: 02-03-2020
Incident Type: HazMat Incident
Injuries: None
Cause: Accidental
Equipment Assigned: Engines 65; Truck 65; HazMat 66; PIO; Battalion 6
Total Personnel: 10+

Bakersfield, CA

The Kern County Fire Department received a report of a gas leak at the corner of Olive Drive and Jewetta in Bakersfield around 4:00 p.m. First arriving crews discovered a 6 inch natural gas line had been ruptured by utility work being done in the intersection. Haz Mat 66 modeled the materials involved and the wind direction and was able to determine a evacuation zone based on that information.  Twelve homes were evacuated in the area. All other residence are advised to shelter in place at this time.  Power to homes and businesses in the area has been shut off and will remain off for at least another 5 hour. Nearby schools were also notified of the detour.   Citizens are advised to avoid the area as traffic is currently being diverted.  There are no injuries to report at this time.  This is an ongoing incident.

The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind everyone to call before you dig. 

Assisting Agencies: Kern County Environmental Health Department, Bakersfield Police Dept, Southern Cal Edison, PG&E

     

    

    

 

          

          

 

 
Incident Name: Taft Incident
Incident Time:

9:40:00 a.m.

Incident Date: 01-22-2020
Incident Type: Hazardous Materials Incident
Hazardous Material: Acrolein
Injuries: None
Number Evacuated: 70
Total Personnel: 30

Taft, CA

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Kern County Fire Department responded to reports of a possible Acrolein leak at Taft Manufacturing. In the early phases of the incident spot weather forecasts were requested and hazardous material plume models were created by both Kern County Environmental Health and KCFD HazMat teams. A perimeter was set around the facility with staging locations identified at the north and south side. Employees of the facility were escorted to a KCFD bus and moved away from the facility. San Joaquin Railroad was notified to stop trains on nearby railways.  

A drone was flown in to begin initial reconnaissance while firefighters prepared to make entry. The information gathered confirmed a leak. The decision was made to implement prepared evacuation recommendations while firefighters were in the facility working to stop the leak. A recommended evacuation was announced for all persons within a six mile radius of the leak and a shelter in place recommendation was made for three miles beyond the evacuation boundary. Notices were sent out via ReadyKern, various social media platforms, and Kern County Sheriff’s officers went door to door making notifications.

Firefighters were able to stop the leak and begin operations designed to neutralize the leaked Acrolein. For nearly eight hours highly trained firefighters made entry after entry applying absorbent. The efforts were extremely taxing on personnel and equipment. When air monitors verified that operations had successfully neutralized the Acrolein all evacuation and shelter in place recommendations were lifted.

This incident is another reminder of the importance that all individuals living and working within Kern County should sign up  @ ReadyKern.com for emergency notifications.   

Partner Agencies: Bakersfield City Fire Department, KCSO, CHP, Kern County Public Health, Hall Ambulance, CalOES, Department of Human Services, Red Cross, Kern County Public Works 

          

          

 

 
Incident Name: Hughes Incident
Incident Time:

6:20:00 a.m.

Incident Date: 01-26-2020
Incident Type: Structure Fire
Injuries: None
Cause: Undetermined
Equipment Assigned:

Engines 63, 64; Truck 41; Safety 3; Battalion 6

 

BFD Engine 3; Truck 1; Battalion 1

Structure Value Saved: $350,000
Structure Value Lost $15,000
Total Personnel: 18

Bakersfield, CA

At approximately 6:20 a.m. this morning Kern County Fire De-partment received multiple calls for a structure on fire with smoke and flames showing. As a result of the reported flames showing, a reinforced structure fire was started, which adds two additional fire engines to assist. The first on scene crew confirmed that a garage was fully involved in fire and that there was a house and small apartment complex threatened as a result of the fire. Crews did an excellent job containing the fire to the original detached garage and there was no damage to any of the nearby structures. There were no injuries as a result of this fire. The garage was a total loss of approximately $15,000. But, quick action by fire crews saved approximately $350,000 of property value to the threatened structures. 

The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind all residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors in the house.    

Partner Agencies: Bakersfield City Fire Department

    

          

          

 

 
Incident Name: Meyer Incident
Incident Time:

1:30:00 a.m.

Incident Date: 01-12-2020
Incident Type: Structure Incident
Equipment Assigned: Engines 54, 51, 52, 55,42, 45; Trucks 55, 41; Safety Officer; Battalions 1, 4, 5; PIO; Breathing Support 66
Total Personnel: 30

Arvin, CA

At 23:50 1/11/2020, the Kern County Fire Department received reports of a structure fire in an apartment complex located at 909 Meyer Street, Arvin. Crews arrived on scene to find smoke and fire from a four-plex apartment building. A second alarm was ordered to increase equipment and personnel.

All occupants were alerted by smoke detectors and safely self extricated. Fire crews made entry and aggressively started an interior attack and a search for potential victims. The fire was contained to one unit receiving extensive damage. Fire crews were able to protect surrounding exposures limiting damage to the rest of the building.

A family of six living in the apartment received a SAVE Card from the Kern County Fire Department in the amount of $250 for immediate needs and temporary housing. Six other residents were displaced while power is disconnected to the other three apartments.

Assisting Agencies: Arvin Police Department, Arvin building Department and PG&E

          

          

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