Caliente Incident

Incident Name: Caliente Incident
Incident Time: 10:37:00 p.m.
Incident Date: 2-17-2017
Incident Location: Caliente Bodfish and Bealville Road
Incident Type: Swift Water Rescue
Equipment Assigned:

Engines 11, 12, 13, 45, 345, 51, 78; USAR 61; Patrols 11, 12, 13; Battalions 1 & 6; Helicopter 408

Personnel: 27


Caliente Bodfish,  CA

Just before 11:00 PM tonight, the Kern County Fire Department received a call for two people trapped in a Chevy Crew Cab pickup truck surrounded by fast moving flood waters. First arriving units were faced with two patients in the back of a pick up truck surrounded by rapidly moving water up to the windows of the pickup. Due to the instability of the pickup and the high current of water flowing around the pickup, Helicopter 408 was started to perform a safe rescue. Kern County Firefighters were able to get life vest and helmets to both of the stranded motorist to provide safety in the event the truck was swept away. Additional KCFD personnel were sent down stream with rope bags as a precaution, while other KCFD personnel set up lighting to provide better visibility for the hoist rescue. Helicopter 408 was able to safely remove both patients to dry land. Both patients were checked for possible hypothermia and refused transport to the hospital.

Assisting Agencies:  KCSO, Hall Ambulance, CHP

Additional Information:  KCFD advises to never cross flowing water. Currents can be moving much faster than they appear.

It is always best to "Turn Around And Not Drown."



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