It took two groups of Phoenix Fire paramedics a while to recover after they responded to four mountain rescues in just three hours Saturday.
All but one of the rescues required the paramedics to put patients in a stretcher and carry them down, which was an exhaustive task considering how hot it was today.
The “Big Wheel” stretcher requires rescue crews to lift and maneuver patients over obstacles, which is more manageable than other methods, but still quite labor intensive, said Larry Subervi with the Phoenix Fire Department.
The last rescue call started when a 27-year-old man, who had been on Camelback Mountain since 5:30 a.m., was reported missing by his friends that had come down the mountain earlier.
The patient was found at the lower handrails and was severely dehydrated, according to Subervi. This rescue required a technical rescue with a complex rope system and rescuers tied into the basket.
During this rescue Phoenix Park Rangers reported that they had another patient who was also dehydrated and was approximately 1/8 mile further up the mountain. At that point, the crews split up with half continuing up the mountain.
The equipment bags that the crews carry weigh up to 50 pounds and this equipment was carried up on all rescues today.