KCFD Captain Neal is Honored

KCFD Captain Honored  - Kern County Fire Captain Moses Neal was honored at a recent Bakersfield Condors hockey game for his display of heroic actions on an incident in December of 2014.

Just after 6:00 AM on December 22, 2014, the Kern County Fire Department received a call for the smell of smoke in the 6300 block of Victor Street. Fire Captain Moses Neal and crew arrived on scene and encountered a multi-unit apartment complex with light smoke showing from one ground floor apartment. Captain Neal advised the next arriving fire engine to deploy a hose-line. Meanwhile, Captain Neal and a firefighter donned their SCBA and made entry into the apartment with a water can extinguisher. Captain Neal and the firefighter made a search of the structure and discovered one resident on the floor of the bedroom in respiratory distress. Captain Neal removed the 28 year old male from the structure, and assigned an incoming unit to render medical aid. The patient was transported to San Joaquin Community Hospital by a Hall’s Ambulance unit. Crews extinguished the fire in 20 minutes and limited damage to approximately $4,000. The smoke alarm inside the unit had been disabled and the cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental smoking. The Kern County Fire Department warns residents to use extreme caution when smoking indoors. Always use an ash tray and have a working smoke alarm.

This week, the patient was released from the hospital. Due to the quick and decisive actions of Captain Moses Neal, the patient survived and is expected to make a full recovery. Captain Neal has 25 years of service with the Kern County Fire Department. He is currently assigned to Fire Station 61, located on Fruitvale Avenue at Norris Road.

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