BCFD Districts 46 and 40 crews were dispatched to the Sandia Mountains for a young female hiker who suffered an injury while hiking the Tree Springs Trail. After a small trek, the firefighters were able to locate the patient about half a mile up. After assessing the hiker, BCFD Personnel determined that a medevac was the most viable solution to quickly and safely get her off the mountain. Bernalillo County's MASU unit was activated and launched from its Double Eagle Airport hanger. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office and Albuquerque Police Department ground units also responded to assist BCFD firefighters with the scene.
An Albuquerque Ambulance unit arrived and was staged at the bottom of the trail in the event any ground transportation was needed.
The patient was packaged for the flight, and care was turned over to the BCFD Paramedic Rescue Specialist aboard the Metro 2. Metro 2 landed at Bernalillo County Fire Station 40, where the patient was transferred to the ground transport unit and taken to the hospital for further treatment.
This successful operation took communication and cooperation between 5 separate agencies and was a great example of how well all agencies in the Metro Area work together when necessary.
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