Incident Name: Delano Rescue Incident
Incident Time:

9:25:00 a.m.

Incident Date: 8-14-2018
Incident Type: Technical Rescue
Equipment Assigned: Engines 34, 37, 33, 937; Battalion 3; USAR 52; TCU T-28
Injuries: None

Delano, CA

At 09:25 a.m., Kern County Firefighters were dispatched to reports of a man stuck in a palm tree, 40 feet above the ground. The man was trimming the tree when his climbing gear failed--he was hanging onto the tree with his arms and legs. The first fire engine arrived on scene within 3 minutes and reported that the tree trimmer was not injured, however his arms and legs were becoming numb and he was exhausted from clinging to the tree. The ground ladders used from the fire engines at the scene did not provide the necessary reach to perform a safe rescue operation. A ladder truck from Kern County Fire Station 65 in Bakersfield, an Urban Search and Rescue unit (USAR) from KCFD Station 52 in Greenfield, and a ladder truck from Tulare County Fire Department were responding to scene but were still approximately 20 minutes away.

A Good Samaritan, who happened to be towing an articulating boom lift, heard about the man stuck in the tree and arrived at the scene and offered to help.  A firefighter outfitted in rescue gear was raised to the tree trimmer.  Within four minutes, the firefighter was able to secure a rescue harness on the exhausted tree trimmer and safely free him from the tree.  The boom was lowered to the ground where additional firefighters and Delano Ambulance personnel evaluated the exhausted man.  He was uninjured and refused treatment/transport by ambulance. 






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