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Phoenix fire crews rescue four off mountains

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Sep 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-13 18:09:01-04

Saturday was a busy day for Phoenix fire crews who conducted four rescues on three different mountains. 

Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department's Squad 8 and Ladder 24 performed all the rescues. Of those rescues, three required a stokes basket stretcher for hikers who had to be carried down the mountains. 

A 63-year-old man who was half way up the Piestewa Peak summit had to be rescued off in a "Big Wheel" stretcher after his legs began to cramp up. 

Two of the four total rescues were unrelated but happened on Camelback Mountain consecutively.

A 27-year-old man was reported missing by friends since 5:30 a.m. He was found towards the lower handrails on the trail and was severely dehydrated, according to officials. The man was rescued via a rope system tied to a basket. 

During that rescue, park rangers told Phoenix Fire crews that there was another individual who was also dehydrated located about one-eighth of a mile away from the original rescue. Crews broke off into two teams, with one group responding to the newest rescue. 

Fire officials said during the rescues, crews carried about 50 additional pounds of equipment which was used during all performed rescues.