SEDONA - Just before 2 p.m. Thursday, the Sedona Fire District was dispatched to an injured hiker near the end of Bear Mountain Trail.
Units started a Blitz team, hiking 4-5 miles up Bear Mountain Trail to locate the patient. A Blitz team is to quickly locate the patient to provide initial medical treatment. The balance of the emergency crews worked to establish a plan to extricate the patient to a medical facility. Guardian Air Ambulance assisted in transporting two additional firefighters to within a mile of the patient's location.
The patient had fallen about 20 feet, sustaining head and neck injuries. Because of the remote location, the loss of daylight and the patient's potential injuries, a decision was made to short-haul the patient. When DPS Ranger helicopter arrived, the patient and SFD Firefighter Paramedic Tim Armenta were suspended on a rope beneath the helicopter -- to a safe landing zone.
They were flown to the landing zone and transferred to an ambulance for transport to Flagstaff Medical Center. The call was completed at 7:37 p.m., approximately six hours after the initial call.