Chief Charles Burger
37 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Great Barrington Fire Department Rescue Hiker from Monument Reservation
GREAT BARRINGTON — Chief Charles Burger reports that the Great Barrington Fire Department rescued an injured hiker on Monument Reservation last Friday.
At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, members of the fire department’s technical rescue team responded to Monument Reservation for reports of a 22-year-old woman with an injured ankle.
Upon arrival, rescuers determined that the hiker was stuck on a steep hill, and the Western Mass Technical Rescue team, along with the Sheffield Fire Department’s ATV and Rescue Sled, were called to assist.
Rescuers hiked for approximately 45 minutes to reach the victim, carrying extensive medical and rescue equipment. The victim, who had slipped while hiking with her dog, was found in stable condition but in severe pain due to a broken ankle. Medics from South Berkshire Ambulance treated her injuries.
Firefighters rigged rope systems to lower the victim in a Stokes Basket (rescue stretcher) down a steep, rocky section of trail. She was then carried a half mile to a Sheffield Fire Department ATV specifically designed to carry the rescue stretcher.
Firefighters and rescue officials completed the rescue around 1:30 p.m. The hiker was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for further evaluation.
“These operations always take an extended period of time to ensure that the victim and all crew members get out of the situation safely,” Chief Burger said. “I would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make this a successful rescue, including the incredible help from other responding agencies.” Chief Burger added.
Southern Berkshire Ambulance, Sheffield Fire Department, the Western Mass Technical Rescue Team, and a County Fire Coordinator were on scene to assist.
The Western Mass Technical Rescue Team is run by Western Mass Fire Chiefs and covers Berkshire, Hamden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties. Firefighters from Great Barrington, Lenox, Pittsfield, Dalton, and North Adams staff the Berkshire County Division.