New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks.
Town of St. Armand
Wildland Rescue: On April 7 at 4 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Franklin County 911 reporting a 30-year-old female from Baldwinsville near the summit of Baker Mountain. The subject had an unstable ankle injury. Four Forest Rangers responded and reached the injured hiker by 5 pm. After assessing the injury and splinting the ankle, Rangers assisted the subject down the trail about a quarter of a mile. She was packaged into a rescue litter and carried to the trailhead. By 6:23 pm, the woman was transferred to the Saranac Lake Rescue squad and transported to the Adirondack Medical Center for follow-up care.
Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage and Adirondack Trail Information webpage for more information about where you intend to travel. The Adirondack Almanack reports weekly Outdoor Conditions each Thursday afternoon.