Phoenix Fire crews helped four injured hikers off Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak on Sunday as cool weather drew hikers to the local climbing hot spots.
The weather in the 70s was a 36-degree departure from Friday’s high of 108 degrees.
Crews first went to action at around 10:44 a.m. when a 27-year-old woman fell and hurt her ankle while hiking on the Cholla Trailon Camelback Mountain, officials said.
The victim was taken off the trail via helicopter after firefighters carried her to the helipad, where the helicopter can land and rescuers can load the victim into the helicopter, Phoenix Captain Reda Bigler said.
Bigler said the victim’s friends had attempted to carry her off the mountain but were unable to do so, so they called 911.
A second rescue occurred around 11:30 a.m. when fire crews from Peoria and Phoenix responded to a call involving a 29-year-old woman at Piestewa Peak who was suffering from a medical condition and was unable to make it back down, Bigler said.
Bigler said initially the plan was to hoist the victim off the mountain using a helicopter and a screamer suit, which looks like a big diaper.
But crews had to change plans, and they carried the injured female approximately 200 yards up the trail to the helipad where she was loaded into the helicopter.
The 29-year-old hiker was transported in stable condition.
Crews were called back to action at Camelback Mountain just around noon when a 37-year-old woman fell and injured her leg Bigler said.
Approximately 30 minutes later, crews were called for a fourth rescue. It involved a woman in her 70s on Camelback Mountain who suffered an ankle injury while hiking on the Cholla trail, Bigler said.
Crews used a stretcher with oversized tires called a big wheel to carry the victim down the trail where a family member was waiting to take her home, Bigler said.
“Her injury didn’t require a ride to the emergency room with an ambulance,” Bigler said.
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