Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Andrew Freeborn

Trail Incident
DATE: June 9, 2023
TIME: 10:55

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Location: Pacific Crest Trail Near Back Canyon
Closest Community: Twin Oaks
Cause: Undetermined

Incident Narrative

Friday, while a group of four was hiking through Kern County on the Pacific Crest Trail, one hiker was bit by a rattlesnake. The hikers were able to relay the emergency and their location to the Kern County Emergency Communications Center who then dispatched a multi-agency response to locate and render aid to the hiker. The remote area made accessing the patient difficult but with offroad equipment the patient was found. Once located, patient treatment began while a Mercy Air helicopter landed approximately one-half mile away in a clearing. The patient was transported by vehicle to the helicopter and then flown to a hospital for treatment.


Today's rescue was an excellent example of a positive patient outcome due to a prompt coordinated response and the use of specialty equipment such as Scout 8, pictured.


Injuries: 1
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E378
Patrols: P83
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: Crew11, Batt7, Scout8

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Liberty Ambulance, Mercy Air

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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