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.
Town of Long Lake, Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue: On Nov. 2, at 9:25 p.m., Ranger Milano responded to the Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract to help extract a camper who reported they were wet, cold, and unable to start a fire. Ranger Milano assisted the camper out of the woods, where they declined medical attention. Resources were clear at 11:10 p.m.
Town of Vienna, Oneida County
Brush Fire Response: On Nov. 3, at 11:46 p.m., Ray Brook Central Dispatch received a call from Oneida County 911 requesting Forest Ranger assistance for a structure fire that escaped and spread into nearby brush. The fire destroyed a shed and burned one quarter of an acre before it was under control and extinguished. An investigation is ongoing.
Town of Erwin, Steuben County
Wilderness Search: On Nov. 5, at 2:45 p.m., Forest Ranger Staples responded to the town of Erwin for a report of a missing 50-year-old female believed to be despondent. Rangers joined responders from New York State Police and Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and completed linear searches of the area until dark. On Monday, Nov. 6 at 6:50 a.m., resources were cleared when it was reported the subject had returned to her home in safe condition.
Read past Forest Ranger search and rescue reports here.