Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Brandon Asher

Kelso Valley Hoist Rescue
DATE: May 18, 2022
TIME: 11:59

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Hoist Rescue
Location: Kelso Valley
Closest Community: South Lake
Cause: Undetermined

Incident Narrative

Wednesday, KCFD Helicopter 408  was dispatched to a remote area of Kelso Valley for a report of four patients who possibly had heat related illnesses. H408 arrived in the area and quickly located the patients. H408 assisted with directing KCSO Search and Rescue to the scene. H408 then lowered a rescuer via hoist to make patient contact and give a report on conditions. It was reported that the patients were experiencing symptoms of dehydration. H408 crew hoisted two patients and transported them to the awaiting ground ambulance near Southfork Middle School. 

This marks the 3rd hoist rescue in three days for Kern County Fire Air Operations. With weather getting warmer we encourage people to bring plenty of food and water while enjoying the outdoors. 


Injuries: 2
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E71, E72
Patrols: P71, P72
Trucks: _None
Specialty Equipment: B7C

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Hall Ambulance, KCSO, Liberty Ambulance, Mercy/Meadows field Air Support

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 661-330-0133

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