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Park Staff Treat And Evacuate Injured Firefighter

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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Park rangers and members of a helicopter crew assisted an injured firefighter on the Piute Fire Complex in Sequoia National Forest on August 6th. A firefighter on a Type 1 crew in steep and difficult terrain near active fire sustained a serious foot injury and needed medical evacuation from the fire line. The incident management team accordingly requested a helicopter evacuation. The park responded with its contracted Eurocopter AS350-B3 and a ranger-medic qualified in short-haul. After evaluating the scene and configuring the helicopter for short-haul, the crew successfully extracted the firefighter and transferred him to advanced medical care. “Rangers and helitack crew members train together regularly for short-haul evacuations in the remote wilderness of the parks,” said Kevin Hendricks, the park’s chief ranger. “It is rewarding to use these skills beyond park boundaries to assist a firefighter in need.”



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