Heroes of the Valley: Brian Baskin

By: Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun

Photo by: Julie Giyer

Brian Baskin has been part of the KVSAR for 19 years. He is a Paramedic with Liberty Ambulance and spends many hours of his free time saving lives in the Kern Valley. Baskin was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions and share his experiences with the community. When asked what he enjoyed most about SAR he replied with a smile, “I want to make a difference in the community and I get to work with others who are interested in making a difference.” He said the hardest part about being involved in SAR was dealing with the negative aspects including death, injury, and missing people. He explained how heartbreaking it is to have to tell people that they have lost a loved one or that their loved one is missing. In his opinion, the positive most rewarding part of the job is bringing people back to their families.

Thank you Brian Baskin and every member of KVSAR for keeping the valley safe. And a special thanks to the businesses and individuals funding the KVSAR.Your service would be welcomed if you are interested in being a part of the KVSAR team. You must attend one meeting and one training a month as well as passing a background check. The community can help support the KVSAR by donating goods/funds or volunteering for fundraiser events. The next event is the Beer Fest, which will be held at Rivernook Campground. For more information visit KVSAR.org or go to their Facebook page at Kern Valley Search and Rescue.