Scottsdale, Phoenix fire crews performing morning mountain rescues

PHOENIX - Fire crews were kept busy today as they rescued several hikers from Valley trails.

A helicopter had to be used to remove a hiker from a trail after he became severely dehydrated.

Scottsdale fire Capt. Danny Ables said the 36-year-old male had been hiking for five hours around the Toms Thumb and Gateway Pass trails in north Scottsdale when he became dizzy, hot, red and nauseated.

Ables said the victim had taken water with him, but not enough for a five-hour hike. The hiker called 911 for help.

Phoenix fire paramedics made it to the patient on foot and treated him on the trail. He was then air-lifted off the trail to a waiting ambulance where treatment continued. Ables said the man refused transport to the hospital and was released.

Scottsdale Fire rescue crews also had to help a 56-year-old man who suffered some sort of an episode on Pinnacle Peak Mountain Saturday morning.

Ables said initial reports indicated the man became unconscious and fell into a cactus.

The man was awake and talking with Scottsdale paramedics, Ables said. He was taken down from the trail on a stretcher with a large wheel.

Phoenix Police performed two mountain rescues at Piestawa Peak Saturday morning.

Phoenix fire Capt. Jonathan Jacobs said a 66-year-old male experienced a medical episode around 6:45 a.m. and became fatigued. The victim had a preexisting medical condition that contributed to the incident.

Fire crews were able to stabilize the victim and transport him to a local hospital for evaluation, Jacobs said.

At 7:20 a.m., a 45-year-old female fractured her ankle while climbing along the main summit trail, according to Jacobs. She was airlifted by Firebird 10 off the mountain due to her location.


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