Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department
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Sheep's Trail Incident - Technical Rescue
DATE: September 2, 2023
TIME: 10:58

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Reinforced Rescue
Location: Commanche Point Road Between East Arvin and Stallion Springs
Closest Community: Commanche Point Road between East Arvin and Stallion Springs
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

At 10:58 AM, September 2nd, a call to the Kern County Emergency Communications Center reported a vehicle at the bottom of a ravine off Comanche Point Road between the communities of Arvin and Stallion Springs. When KCFD Engine 48 and Patrol 48 arrived on scene they found a badly damaged pickup truck and one occupant at the bottom of a 100' cliff. Additional personnel and equipment would clearly be needed; 4 Engines, 6 Patrols, and 1 USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) from KCFD arrived on scene to support incident needs. Kern County firefighters utilized their USAR training and built a rope rescue system to quickly lower one firefighter down to make patient contact. The patient was injured and had been immobilized at the bottom of the ravine since Tuesday, August 29th. Three more firefighters were then lowered, by a team of firefighters and equipment from KCFD's USAR 47, to secure the patient in a stokes basket before raising the patient to safety. The patient was transported by Hall ground ambulance to a landing zone, who was then flown by Mercy Air 15 to a local area hospital. CHP and Stallion Springs PD also assisted with on scene operations. 


Injuries: 1
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: 4
Patrols: 5
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: USAR 47

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

HALL Ambulance, CHP, Stallion Springs PD, Mercy Air 15

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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