Santa Barbara authorities rescind multi-casualty incident


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (NewsNation) — The Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBC) has rescinded a multi-casualty incident declaration from earlier Saturday linked to an annual beach party known as Deltopia in Isla Vista, California.

A spokesperson for SBC Fire, Daniel Bertucelli, reported multiple medical emergencies, including multiple severe traumas associated with heavy crowds and overcrowded balconies, in Isla Vista.

Bertucelli says by declaring the multi-casualty incident, first responders and hospitals were able to triage and transport multiple patients to different hospitals more efficiently.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said first responders on Saturday became inundated with medical calls in Isla Vista and shifted to the triage system for medical emergencies at around 3:30 p.m.

Friday, law enforcement in Isla Vista made three arrests, issued 20 citations and responded to one traffic crash. They said this Saturday has been much busier than normal.

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted here.

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