Kern County Fire Copter 408 Rescues Baby (video)

Flash flooding near Lake Isabella in Kern County stranded people on their roofs as water slammed against homes last Sunday, July 13. In the video below the crew of Kern County Fire Department Helicopter 408 hover over a home where a family of three await rescue. The crew successfully rescues a baby before returning for the mother and father.


It’s hard to tell if the flash flooding was exacerbated by the Piute Fire in the Piute Mountains above Lake Isabella.

That same day a mud slide damaged dozens of homes in Independence California. The damage is attributed to a major fire in the hills above the town last year.

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  • Pennie aka: pendoodles says:

    Amazing video and viewpiont. Thanks to our firefighting teams yet again. Thank you and HUGE KUDOS to the team!

  • Anonymous says:

    Mike,My comment is unrelated to this post, but don’t know where else to leave it.The question of “Who pays?” for fire protection in rural areas on private land is a provocative one. If you are interested, there is a relevant article at: enjoy reading your blog. Found it after my own recent fire-driven evacuation. Thanks for the good work.

  • sheila says:

    Triple wow! Gave me goosebumps. Incredible what they do in the course of a day. And so interesting to hear/see their communication and teamwork. Thank you for sharing.

  • Tony says:

    Wow.Never seen that perspective before nor appreciated all the teamwork involved…

  • scott says:

    Kid saves are the most rewarding and the most nerve racking.