KCFD: Be cautious when home emergency arises

Posted at 11:23 PM, Feb 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-07 21:39:58-05

In light of Saturday morning's rescue after a gas line was hit after a car crashed into a home in Southwest Bakersfield, 23 ABC reached out to the Kern County Fire Department to find out the best way to approach an emergency situation at home.

Anthony Romero, an engineer with KCFD, says that the best thing to do is to get out as quickly as possible and call 911.

"I know it is kind of hard, (if) you have family members in there and you want to get them out of there but for the safety of everybody, don't go back in," said Romero.
The reasoning is that KCFD and other authorities have the training and equipment to handle these extreme situations. 
"Once you walk in, a collapse could happen," said Romero.
"If there is a gas leak somewhere, are you going to be a part of the problem of scraping something and igniting something. A lot of the things that you really have to look out for yourself because you do not have the appropriate personal protective equipment to protect you."
Even though they instruct people not to go back in, it didn't stop Romero from giving Saturday's hero some credit.
"Good job of him to make the appropriate rescue," said Romero. "That's awesome. For somebody to take the time to put his life to rescue somebody else, my hat's off to him. That's pretty brave."