PHOENIX - Phoenix Fire crews held three back-to-back rescues on Camelback Mountain as hikers braved the extreme heat to kick off Labor Day weekend.
Crews responded to hikers suffering from heat-related ailments on different areas of the mountain.
- One 30-year-old woman had heat-related issues on Echo Canyon Trail, and crews were able to safely take her down to the trail. She was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
- Another 30-year-old woman overheated on top of the mountain, and was eventually flown down to safety. She was also taken to the hospital, fire officials said.
- Crews responded to another report of a 49-year-old man who had heat-related problems on a trail. He was flown by helicopter down the mountain and refused to be taken to the hospital.
The Phoenix Fire Department is asking for hikers to remember to take all the necessary safety precautions while out during the holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, the city broke another temperature record for Sept. 5 with a high of 115°. This is the second day in a row that Phoenix has broken a heat record.
"Going out here at this time of day is for people who are slightly insane and I think that's why I do it. I like the challenge," said Nic Myer, hiker.
Every Saturday, Myer comes to Echo Canyon trailhead, no matter the weather. "I wouldn't recommend this in general until it's cooler, but I just do it for a challenge to myself," he said.
"As soon as those guys came down, another call came, another dispatch came in. So what they did was they reloaded, put water in their system and went back up the mountain," said Tod Keller with the Captain with the Phoenix Fire Department.
No matter what the temperatures are, Keller says first responders are prepared to rescue hikers who have either injured themselves on trails or became overheated.
"I can tell you that our firemen and woman are mentally and physically ready. They have spent summers in Arizona before so they know it's not uncommon to go up one, two, three times the mountain," Keller said.
Preventing heat exhaustion/heat stroke
The Arizona Department of Health Services stated the following precautions can be taken to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings
- Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day (mid-day)
- Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day
- Drink water before, during, and after working or exercising outside