New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout 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.
Village of Lake Placid
Skier Rescue: On March 7 at 11:05 a.m., Forest Ranger Evans heard about a cross country skier who hit a tree near the Penny Glades in Lake Placid. Fifteen minutes later, Ranger Evans reached the 67-year-old from Lake Placid, helped him to his home, and performed a medical evaluation. After noticing a large contusion on the subject’s hip and a laceration and swelling on his face, Ranger Evans called for an ambulance. Lake Placid Ambulance took the subject to the hospital at 11:47 a.m.
Town of Southeast
Wildland Fire: On March 7 at 3:18 p.m., Putnam County requested Forest Ranger assistance with a brushfire that started with leaf burning and spread in the town of Southeast. Rangers Pries and Russo responded, ensured the two-acre fire was out, and issued tickets to the property owner for failure to remove flammable material within three feet of a fire and leaving a fire unattended.
The annual residential brush burning prohibition to prevent wildfires and protect communities during heightened conditions for wildfires starts March 16.