Poso Creek Incident

Incident Name: Poso Creek  Incident
Incident Time: 10:15:00 a.m.
Incident Date: 2-9-2017
Incident Location: Poso Creek on Round Mountain Road East of Granit
Incident Type: Swift Water Rescue
Equipment Assigned:

Engines 61, 63, 64, 65; Truck

65; Battalions  6, 4; Helicopter

408; PIO; Safety Officer

Personnel: 22


Bakersfield,  CA

At 10:15 this morning, the Kern County Fire Department received a call for a woman stranded in the fast-moving waters of Poso Creek. There were also reports of a vehicle in the water.  Upon arrival, Kern County Firefighters located an adult female standing on debris in the creek and clinging onto the branches of a tree.  They also spotted an overturned vehicle that was completely submerged. The woman was approximately 20 feet from shore. Firefighters quickly cut away brush on the bank of the creek and accessed the stranded woman using an extension ladder.  Rescuers wore personal flotation devices (PFDs) and utilized ropes to carry out the technical swift-water rescue operation.  Additional KCFD personnel were strategically positioned down stream, as well as Helicopter 408 hovering overhead with hoist rescue capabilities. The rescue was completed in under 20 minutes.  The woman was immediately taken to an awaiting gurney and transport to the hospital by Hall Ambulance. 

Kern County Fire Department personnel remained on scene to assist KCSO Search & Rescue with their efforts to check the submerged vehicle for victims.  

Assisting Agencies:  KCSO Search & Rescue, CHP, Hall Ambulance

Additional Information:  Recent rainfall is creating fast-moving water in local creeks that is extremely dangerous.  Landslides, mud and debris flows, and flooded areas should be avoided. 

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