Incident Name: Gosford Incident
Incident Time: 7:00:00 a.m.
Incident Date: 8-2-2017
Incident Type: Hazardous Materials
Incident Location: Gosford Road south of Highway 119
Equipment Assigned: Engines 33, 51, 52, 53; Truck 55; Battalion 4; HAZMAT 66; DECON 33, 51; Safety Officers; PIO
Hazardous Material: Under investigation by Kern County Department of Agriculture
Personnel:  30


Bakersfield, CA

At 7:00 this morning, the Kern County Fire Department received a call for farm workers experiencing eye irritation and nausea while working in a garlic field. The initial reports indicated that as many as 100 employees may be affected.  The response was upgraded to include additional units that specialize in decontamination.  Firefighters from the communities of Old River and Greenfield arrived on scene first and located the farm workers experiencing  symptoms.  Firefighters estimated that 60 to 70 people were working in the area, but most declined having any symptoms.

The employees with symptoms were evaluated and determined to not require immediate medical assistance.  Symptoms were classified as minor, and included varying reports of eye and skin irritation, headache, and dizziness.  Thirteen individuals went through a precautionary decontamination.  The decontamination process requires individuals to pass through a series of spray nozzles.  Kern County Fire Department “decon units” provide privacy as well as effectively rinsing and washing away contaminants that may be harmful. All 13 individuals were medically monitored after decontamination and refused any medical treatment or transport.  Two individuals later complained of feeling ill and were transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

BPD and CHP assisted by closing Gosford Road between Highway 119 and Houghton Road.

Assisting Agencies: Environmental Health, Department of Agriculture, Hall Ambulance, CHP, BPD


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