Kern Heavy Rescue, Inc., which was formed in 1988, is a local non-profit organization developed to help the emergency response community of Kern County by providing a safe and efficient incident response. Through support from local community donations, we have been able to continue our mission of assisting local firefighters and other first responders with the training and equipment purchases needed for technical rescues and to provide public education programs for earthquake preparedness and other collapsed structure emergencies.
Kern Heavy Rescue Incorporated has provided over $100,000 for individual Kern County Fire Department fire fighters to attend out of County Rescue Systems classes. During fiscal year 2002, KHR, Inc. provided approximately $20,000 for advanced training and equipment to local rescuers and first responders through the purchase of heavy rescue equipment required for class instruction criteria. Because of this assistance, the local Joint Fire Training Facility was recently qualified as a California Regional Training Center for Rope Rescue Systems and Confined Space instruction. The facility trains both government and private sector rescue personnel.
Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. The effort each individual exhibits in preparing for problems associated with disasters will have a major impact on surviving an emergency situation. Emergency response personnel help by providing public education, participant training, and equipment development.
With cumulative donated funds of approximately $90,000, Kern Heavy Rescue, Inc. purchased a technical rescue truck and trailer equipped with the proper equipment to perform complicated rescue and search operations. Locally, specialized rescue teams respond with other fire department personnel to situations in both the oil industry and private sectors including confined space, trench, high angle rope and mine rescues as well as wilderness search episodes which have occurred throughout the county.