Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Brandon Asher

Two patients hoisted from Kern River Trail
DATE: April 28, 2023
TIME: 13:57

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Hoist Rescue
Location: Kern River Trail in the Kern River Canyon
Closest Community: Lake Isabella
Cause: Undetermined

Incident Narrative

Helicopter 407 was dispatched to the Lake Isabella area to assist in locating hikers suffering from dehydration. On the way, our pilots were able to obtain GPS coordinates of the hikers’ cell phones, which helped to quickly locate them. A KCFD rescuer was hoisted down to evaluate the hikers, and advised they would need to be hoisted from the scene. Both hikers were hoisted and transferred to an ambulance from the Democrat landing zone. 


Injuries: 2
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

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

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E72, E76
Patrols: P72 , P76, P79
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: B7, H407, Crew 79

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Liberty Ambulance

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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