Incident Name: Taft Incident
Incident Time:

9:40:00 a.m.

Incident Date: 01-22-2020
Incident Type: Hazardous Materials Incident
Hazardous Material: Acrolein
Injuries: None
Number Evacuated: 70
Total Personnel: 30

Taft, CA

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Kern County Fire Department responded to reports of a possible Acrolein leak at Taft Manufacturing. In the early phases of the incident spot weather forecasts were requested and hazardous material plume models were created by both Kern County Environmental Health and KCFD HazMat teams. A perimeter was set around the facility with staging locations identified at the north and south side. Employees of the facility were escorted to a KCFD bus and moved away from the facility. San Joaquin Railroad was notified to stop trains on nearby railways.  

A drone was flown in to begin initial reconnaissance while firefighters prepared to make entry. The information gathered confirmed a leak. The decision was made to implement prepared evacuation recommendations while firefighters were in the facility working to stop the leak. A recommended evacuation was announced for all persons within a six mile radius of the leak and a shelter in place recommendation was made for three miles beyond the evacuation boundary. Notices were sent out via ReadyKern, various social media platforms, and Kern County Sheriff’s officers went door to door making notifications.

Firefighters were able to stop the leak and begin operations designed to neutralize the leaked Acrolein. For nearly eight hours highly trained firefighters made entry after entry applying absorbent. The efforts were extremely taxing on personnel and equipment. When air monitors verified that operations had successfully neutralized the Acrolein all evacuation and shelter in place recommendations were lifted.

This incident is another reminder of the importance that all individuals living and working within Kern County should sign up  @ for emergency notifications.   

Partner Agencies: Bakersfield City Fire Department, KCSO, CHP, Kern County Public Health, Hall Ambulance, CalOES, Department of Human Services, Red Cross, Kern County Public Works 



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