New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the around New York State. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On November 10th at 4:36 pm, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting an 84-year-old male hiker from Rochester with chest pains on Mt. Jo. Forest Ranger Lt. Burns and Forest Ranger van Laer responded, along with the Lake Placid Fire Department and Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service. The hiker was treated by Lake Placid EMS and assisted to the ambulance. Forest Rangers were clear of the scene at 6 pm.
Town of Ramapo
Wildland Fire: On November 9th, Region 3 Forest Rangers were notified of a wildland fire off Old Route 17 in the village of Hillburn. Forest Ranger Lt. Ashida and Forest Rangers Jahn, Parlier, Cowart, and Rusher responded to assist several Rockland, Orange, and Bergen county fire departments with fire control. The fire was initially reported as five to 30 acres in size by the Rockland County Emergency Coordinator, but later determined by Forest Ranger Jahn to be 43 acres. Precipitation helped with the suppression effort and the fire was declared out on November 10th.
Town of Dresden
Wilderness Rescue: On November 14th at 12:30 pm, Washington County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a hiker with a non-weight bearing knee injury on the trail near the summit of Black Mountain. Forest Rangers Baker, O’Connor, Donegan, Bode, and Hess responded, along with Dresden Fire Department and Skenesborough EMS, to the trailhead. Forest Ranger Donegan was the first on scene with the 46-year-old woman from South Glens Falls and requested the assistance of NYSP Aviation. Forest Ranger DiCintio responded to the Schroon Airfield, and at 4:48 pm, advised that he linked up with NYSP Aviation and was en route to the hiker’s location. At dusk, NYSP Aviation performed a power-on landing at the summit of Black Mountain and the injured woman was loaded into the helicopter. The hiker was flown to a local airport where she was turned over to an ambulance for transport to the hospital for medical treatment.
Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage.