Summer hiking safety tips

It happens every summer, Chico Firefighters called to Upper Bidwell Park to rescue injured hikers. Action News Now Reporter Amy Lanski spoke to them about how to stay safe this summer.

Posted: May 20, 2019 10:17 PM

CHICO, Calif. -

It happens every summer, Chico Firefighters called to Upper Bidwell Park to rescue injured hikers.

Captain Carlos Munoz from the Chico Fire Department talked about how their thought process during the rescue today. "On foot is it going to be by helicopter? how are we going to do it?"

On Monday afternoon a woman was hiking near Bear Hole when she apparently twisted her ankle and could not hike back down.
Captain Munoz said that’s when they had to figure out how to get her down, "once we determined where the patient was we were able to hike to her and load her up and stabilize her."

For firefighters responding to Upper Park, it’s never an easy or safe rescue. It involves steep and narrow trails. When they find the patients they usually need to be carried back down, in a basket, as was the case Monday.

Captain Munoz said, "We were able to hike her down and put her in the ambulance and now she's transported to Enloe Hospital."
Memorial Day is this weekend, so firefighters have some tips for avoiding their rescue basket and the ambulance.

Captain Munoz suggested, "Stay in groups of people so you have someone who can get help and someone who can assist you with help."

It was a hiking companion who called for Monday’s rescue.

Firefighters also suggest wearing the right clothes. "Don't wear jeans when you're hiking. You want to be able to have clothes that breathe well. You want to be able to have good footing, because the grounds are slippery and it's not pavement out here."

You also cannot underestimate the importance of carrying enough water. This is something experienced hikers talked about. Jose Martinez said, "So I would definitely always stay hydrated especially during the activities and stuff."

Another hiker Rey Medina said, "Stay hydrated because the sun is beating down on you. So yeah, stay hydrated."

If anything does happen, firefighters recommend trying to stay as calm as possible.

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