Record-breaking heat made for a busy day for Valley paramedics

The valley reached some of its highest temperatures of the year so far with a record-breaking high of 115. The scorching heat made for a busy day for rescue crews around the valley. In fact, one rescue took close to 40 team members. 
As temperatures soared, paramedics throughout the valley responded to multiple calls of overheated hikers, missing persons, and dehydrated fans, all in need of help and an escape from the blazing temperatures.
The most extreme heat-related rescue took place at a retention basin near 40th Street and I-10. 
Phoenix Fire Technical Rescue crews had to help a man who got stuck in the retention basin after he was overcome by the heat. 
"We have reports that he was with his friend in this area, and that friend realized he was in distress and the friend went and called for help," said Capt. Mark Vanacore with the Phoenix Fire Department.    
Because of the extreme heat, rescuers knew they had to work fast, but there was a steep incline into the retention basin which made the rescue difficult. As the man’s condition started to deteriorate, crews decided to lift him out using a helicopter.
"These technical rescue team members and helicopter pilots have to do load calculations and those helicopters can only fly with so much weight based on the heat index here in the city too," said Vanacore.     
Vanacore said this area is not secure and people don’t usually hike in and around the basin. He also said paramedics aren’t sure how long the man had been down in the basin.
"We don't know why he was down there yet, you know we got him off to the hospital rather quickly and he needs some medical attention."  
The man was taken to the hospital and listed in serious condition. Thankfully, none of the rescuers were injured.
Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories You May Be Interested In – includes Advertiser Stories