Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Andrew Freeborn

Injured Motorcyclist Hoist Rescue
DATE: March 30, 2023
TIME: 10:51

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Hoist Rescue
Location: Bean Canyon east of Oak Creek
Closest Community: Tehachapi
Cause: Undetermined

Incident Narrative

TEHACHAPI, Calif., At approximately 10:54 a.m. Thursday morning, KCFD Helicopter 407 was requested to respond to a reported off-road vehicle accident near the Pacific Crest Trail, southeast of Tehachapi. GPS coordinates received from persons with the injured motorcycle rider confirmed the patient was in a remote area with limited vehicle access. Once over the reported area, Helicopter 407 was able to quickly locate the injured rider on a steep hillside at the top of Bean Canyon, east of Oak Creek. A rescuer onboard Helicopter 407 was lowered down to the remote scene via hoist and assessed the patient. It was determined the patient would need to be extracted via hoist, utilizing a stokes basket, due to patient injuries. The patient was secured in the basket and lifted into the helicopter hovering overhead with the hoist. The patient was then flown to a landing zone on Backus Road, transferred to Mercy Air 14, and transported to a local area hospital for treatment.


Photos by Mojave CHP


Injuries: 1
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

Estimated Value LOSS: $0
Estimated Value SAVED: $0

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: 13
Patrols: None
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: H407, B1

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

CHP, Mercy Air, Hall Ambulance

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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