El Paso Fire Department

01/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2018 23:13

ComSAR - EPFD Respond to an Injured Hiker at Ron Coleman Trail

DEE MARGO

MAYOR

TOMMY GONZALEZ

CITY MANAGER

CITY COUNCIL

PETER SVARZBEIN, DISTRICT 1

ALEXSANDRA ANNELLO DISTRICT 2

CASSANDRA H. BROWN, DISTRICT 3

SAM MORGAN, DISTRICT 4

MICHIEL R. NOE, DISTRICT 5

CLAUDIA ORDAZ PEREZ, DISTRICT 6

HENRY RIVERA, DISTRICT 7

CISSY LIZARRAGA, DISTRICT 8

January 13, 2018 | NEWS RELEASE

Firefighters Respond to an Injured Hiker at Ron Coleman Trail

El Paso, Texas - At approximately 12:58 p.m. on Saturday January 13, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to the Ron Coleman Trail in the Franklin Mountain State Park when witness called 9-1-1. They reported a hiker was struck on the head by a rock while hiking. The first unit arrived on the scene at 1:10 p.m. and sent a rescue party up the trail to locate and assess the hiker. The Combined Search and Rescue team was immediately dispatched to rescue the injured hiker. The injured hiker was treated for their injuries and secured to a litter rescue basket for transport. Customs Border Protection then transported the patient and one firefighter to UMC. Everyone was safely off the mountain at 3:50 p.m.

There were no injuries to ComSAR personnel. A total of 6 units and 10 personnel from the El Paso Fire Department, El Paso Police, Customs Border Protection and Texas Parks and Wildlife responded to this incident.

The El Paso Fire Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife would like to remind the public to practice these safety recommendations when planning outdoor hiking/climbing activities.

  • • Plan before you go. Know rules and regulations. Also, do not hike beyond your capabilities.

  • • Stay on the trail always. Walking off-trail increases your chance of suffering an injury, getting lost, or encountering dangerous wildlife. In addition, desert soils are fragile. Cutting across switchbacks tramples vegetation, erodes the soil and eventually destroys the trail.

  • • Have a cell or mobile phone for emergencies, but do not rely on them only. Carry with you a whistle, mirror, flag, flashlight, flare or other means to signal your location.

  • • Check weather conditions and wear proper clothing accordingly. Avoid doing activities during extreme temperatures. Seek shelter in the event of strong winds and thunderstorms.

For a list of more detailed hiking, biking and camping tips, the public is encouraged to visit: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/fire-department/divisions/fire-prevention.

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