Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department
Battalion Chief Ostrinski

Kevin Ostrinski

Mine Incident
DATE: April 30, 2023
TIME: 13:50

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Incident tYPE

Location: Silver Queen and 20th street
Closest Community: Mojave
Cause: Undetermined

Incident Narrative

MOJAVE, Calif., Sunday just before 2:00 p.m. Kern County firefighters were dispatched to reports of a person trapped in a mineshaft. Upon arrival, a single person was located down a mineshaft, approximately 30 feet, in full climbing gear and tied off with ropes. After entering the mineshaft the person had become too tired to climb back to the surface.

Firefighters first worked to secure the person with a safety line, which was lowered to the person to attach to their harness. With the person secured to a safety line firefighters constructed a rope rescue system to carefully lift the person out. Once lifted out of the mineshaft, ambulance personnel on scene completed a patient assessment.


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E15,E14,E12,E13,E87
Patrols: None
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: USAR 47

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Cal City

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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