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Prescott firefighters trek several miles to help injured hiker
Rescue takes almost three hours to complete

Prescott Fire Department personnel carry a woman using a Stokes basket along Salida Gulch trail near Lynx Lake Sunday, Dec. 16.
Conrad Jackson, Prescott Fire Department/Courtesy

Prescott Fire Department personnel carry a woman using a Stokes basket along Salida Gulch trail near Lynx Lake Sunday, Dec. 16.

A woman in her 70s was carried by firefighters about two miles after injuring her ankle along Salida Gulch trail near Lynx Lake Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16.

The woman had been hiking with a group when she suffered a possible broken ankle and could not walk out on her own, said Prescott Fire Department paramedic engineer Conrad Jackson.

“One engine company began hiking immediately to help stabilize and treat the patient while the remaining crews tried to determine the best way to retrieve the patient,” Jackson said. “Ultimately, the only way to get to the patient was to hike in two miles on foot with a Stokes basket.”

The crews were able to load the woman on the Stokes (a form of stretcher) and bring her out without any issues.

The woman was then transferred to a Lifeline ambulance for transport to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment. The rescue took almost three hours to complete.

“Prescott Fire would like to acknowledge the efforts of several folks who assisted with this event,” Jackson said. “One member of the hiking group was willing to guide firefighters from the trailhead back up to the patient’s location, effectively making the hike a second time.”

The Yavapai County Backcountry Team, which is comprised entirely of volunteers, was also a great help, Jackson said.

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