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Kern County Fire Department

 Attached is my response to Application G09-03-31-501. [Mary Noh - 3/27/10]



 I am writing to voice my support for the Kern County Fire Departments attempts to secure a grant for rescue equipment etc. for the Jawbone Canyon, and Dove Springs Off Highway Riding areas. As a retired Captain with the Kern County Fire Department I worked at the fire station with primary responsibility for OHV rescues in this area. I responded to many hundreds of rescues in this area during my career. Though each was different there were always challenges to these rescues. Some of these challenges were response times due to distance, remote locations, mechanisms of injuries, distance to trauma centers, use of air ambulances, terrain, extreme weather which could include excessive heat, winds, flashfloods, thunderstorms, extreme cold, etc. I have responded to fatalities, lost riders, numerous wrecks involving all types of injuries. These injuries included head injuries ( including comas ), Femur fractures, paralyzed victims, massive hemorrhaging, fractures of all body parts. Most recues in this area require immediate medical care at trauma centers because of the critical nature of the injuries involved. Helicopter air ambulances are usually used for transport. As the captain on scene I was responsible for all patient care and securing a landing site for the air ambulance. This area experiences many tens of thousands of riders and this grant would greatly assist in the effective scene management that will undoubtedly save lives and lessen the severity of some injuries.  Thanks for considering my input in this matter and I hope you approve this grant because I assure you there is a real need. [Don Clark - 3/24/10]

 As a local citizen in Kern County, I highly support the Kern County Fire Departments decision in applying for an OHV Grant request number 95-6000925.  I am a public servant in these highly used Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation areas, such as the Jawbone Canyon and Dove Spring OHV Open Areas for approximately 8 years now.  Working these locations, it is obvious to me that we need medical response units to be staged in these areas and with the right rescue equipment.  In my opinion, this is a well overdue request by the Kern County Fire Department because of all the past financial costs absorbed by staging their Emergency Medical Service (EMS) units so far away from their home base stations and all the possible over time staffing.  I see this grant accomplishing at least three major purposes.  First, it will enhance the OHV experience by having emergency medical responders logistically positioned in these remote areas and during the high OHV use periods.  This gives assurance and a good sense of security to all the numerous amounts of OHV visitors that come out to ride.  Second, it will provide the emergency medical teams with the ability to reach the patient quickly and safely.  From what I have read, the equipment in this grant request highly surpasses the justification to be used in these far off areas.  Time is of the essence in off road emergencies and especially in remote areas like these.  Many times the common work truck cannot access the narrow trails and rugged terrain found in the Jawbone Butterbredt Management Area.  Having units responding from 30 to 40 miles away does not make a lot of sense especially, when we know they are most likely to be in the same area.  Traveling to each call multiplied by the long distance (possibly 30 to 40 miles) brings up my next point.  Thirdly, having the (EMS) units there will cut down on emissions making this request excellent in reducing emissions and fuels from all of the miles saved by each 911 off road rescue response.  Severe accidents are very common over these major holiday OHV weekends.  Again, the location described in their project description has an extremely high recreational visitor use count and has extremely high volumes of emergency calls.  Five to six major weekends should have couple of EMS units staged and command posts set up and units ready to respond in the Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs OHV Open areas.  These areas in the past and in the present have many EMS volunteers that help out like, such as, the Kern County Sheriff's off-road desert team.  However, that is still not enough on these major holiday OHV weekends.  Implementing the California State Parks OHV Grant Process; makes this a highly productive way insure that the Kern County Fire Department will provide better, smarter, and safety-faster service to all of the patients that are in dire need of emergency medical care.  It is a satisfying feeling to know that the California States Parks OHV Division is helping to sustain Human Life and responsibly helping to enhance OHV lands and improving the experience through their grant process.  Last, I want to say thank you Kern County for all the support and all the public safety response that you offer on our public lands and throughout our county.  Thanks once again.  [Eduardo Duque - 3/16/10]


 # G09-03-31-S01.  This is the application number for a program aided to help protect peoples lives while riding in the OHV of kern County.  Hundreds of miles go unprotected and far distances make treatment of critical injuries impossible without close first responders.  The Kern Co. Fire Dept is the agency who can do this and make that difference.  With help of the grant I know that when I go out riding with my family, I will feel better protected.  Thanks for your consideration. [David Whitman - 3/15/10]


 The article Fire department seeks OHV grant (09 Mar 10) written by John V. Ciani in Ridgecrest CA, The Daily Independent proposal requesting support appears solid, well written and most importantly reasonable.
 
The moneys requested for equipment and training materials KCFD would receive to respond "to numerous calls for rescue and medical aid due to accidents" concerning "hundreds of thousands of visitors" from several CA counties and possibly other states would not be solely burdening to the tax payers of Kern County and/or Ridgecrest.
 
This grant seems logical and FAIR.  This would no doubt benefit far more people than I could possibly imagine. 
 
Safety for all is priceless--but not at the expense of the few. [Mrs. Frank L. Roberto - 3/9/10]


 I am in full support of this grant request. This area is a huge draw for the economically challenged portion of eastern Kern County. Having advanced life support assistance position more locally will do nothing but increase the number of recreation enthusiasts that come to this area. This is not just for the dirt bikers, but hikers and all out doors enthusiasts. If there in money available this is a very worth while case for a grant.  [Rory Worster - 3/5/10]


 I fully support the Kern County Fire Department's application #G09-03-31-S01 for rescue equipment to cover the Jawbone and Dove Springs area's. I am an avid offroader and racer who enjoys our off highway parks/lands. The off-highway community is enjoyed by families and friends alike who respects and explore our public lands. Unfortunately sometimes there is accidents and users of these lands need professional medical and or rescue aid. With no emergency facilities close by I feel it is a must to have emergencey response readily available to help avoid more serious or fatal injuries. Every minute counts in an emergency. I ask for all the families and friends that use these areas to grant the funds to keep our recreation safe!
 
Thank you for allowing me to voice my feelings on this matter. [Greg Johnston - 3/4/10]


 As a California Taxpayer I would like to express a nod of approval for the request to grant funds to the KCFD to purchase rescue equipment for OHV areas. From what I understand Kern County has one of the highest, if not the highest, number of registered off-highway vehicles per capita of any county in CA. I believe that using state funding for this purpose would be a justified choice in spending due to such a large portion of Kern Co. taxpayers enjoying the OHV areas of Eastern Kern Co. and generating such a large portion of OHV funds through registration fees.

From my experience being employed by for the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter in an area that sees heavy use from OHVs and occasionally enjoying off road activities myself, I know the frustration a medical emergency can present in remote locations. Lengthy response times off-highway are understandable but considering the revenue generated by the OHV crowd providing them with some extra piece of mind and quicker medical care seems like a justified use of funding.

Thank you for your consideration.  [Nicholas L. Bollier - 3/3/10]


 As a firefighter with the Kern County Fire Department and a avid off road enthusiast I implore you to make a wise expenditure under this grant. Even before I was with the KCFD I had visited and ridden in the Dove Springs/Jaw Bone area many times. Without exception, on each trip I have seen people that desperately needed emergency medical care on each of those trips. Sometimes, help was near by. Others times it took an extended period of time for emergency medical crews to respond on scene as the nearest fire station is located some 30 miles away.
 
More recently, I had the pleasure of working the off road task force posted in the area over the Thanksgiving holiday. In the 48 hours that I was posted, my crew and the other crew responded to no fewer then 10 medical aid and rescue responses. While we always provide the highest level of service to our customers. There were, at times, lengthy responses due to the fact that we were posting in 1 ton off-road vehicles and could only respond as fast as was safe for a vehicle of that size. Even worse, with the lack of suitable quarters to "overnight" in the area. We were forced to "overnight" at a near by station once again creating a lengthy response time. I implore you to approve this grant so that we may continue to maintain and in fact provide an even  higher level of emergency care and customer service.  [Matthew Rodriguez - 3/3/10]


This e-mail is in support of Application #G09-03-31-501 which has been requested by the Kern County Fire Department, to purchase rescue equipment for use in the Jawbone Canyon Area.

It is very important to have coverage of this kind due to the heavy use of the area by motorcyclists, hikers, and other off-road vehicles.  Many lives could be saved and injuries lessened if there was KCFD crew in close proximity to this area.    It would also be a good idea on heavy traffic weekends to have this equipment on hand, as there is no closer fire/ambulance service to this stretch of Hwy 14 than Mojave or Ridgecrest/Inyo Kern in case of an automobile accident. 

Your positive response to this e-mail is most appreciated. [Dennis & Betsy Lutge - 3/3/10]


 With reference to application # G09-03-31-S01 I would like to show my support of this application. I ride in this area frequently and although I have not had the miss fortune to need the Fire Department if I did, having to wait an extended period of time while they travel the long distance to get there is not acceptable if there is an alternative. That alternative is in having temporary and transportable equipment that can be put closer to the main riding areas thereby providing assistance and medical treatment sooner. [Sean Collins - 3/3/10]


 Re:  G09-03-312-S01
 
I would like to support the KCFD grant application for rescue equipment to be staged in the Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs area.  Living remote from emergency services is common in Eastern Kern County, and in addition to the miles the terrain is often limiting for other emergency equipment.  On-site emergency services can be more timely and less expensive.  Dispatching ground equipment or helicopters from the surrounding communities impacts those communities and the surrounding area that is less used the Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs areas. [Lloyd Smith - 3/29/10]