Fire crews and rescue units had a busy Saturday afternoon, rescuing two mountain bikers from a Northeast El Paso trail.
At approximately 4:09 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 26, the El Paso Fire Department was dispatched to Chuck Heinrich Park when two mountain bicyclists felt ill and called. The first unit arrived on the scene at 4:11 p.m. and immediately requested the Combined Search and Rescue team, who was able to reach the two cyclists at 5:43 p.m.
Firefighters gave medical treatment to one 25-year-old male at the scene and then transported the two cyclist down from the trail in an off-road ComSAR vehicle. The two cyclists and the ComSAR team were able to make it safely down from the trail at 6:45 p.m.
There were no injuries to cyclists or ComSAR personnel. A total of 4 units and 12 personnel from the El Paso Fire Department responded to this incident. El Paso Police and Texas Parks and Wildlife assisted in this incident.
The El Paso Fire Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife would like to remind the public to practice these safety recommendations when planning outdoor hiking/biking activities.
- Plan before you go. Know rules and regulations. Also, do not hike beyond your capabilities.
- Stay on the trail always. Walking off-trail increases your chance of suffering an injury, getting lost, or encountering dangerous wildlife. In addition, desert soils are fragile. Cutting across switchbacks tramples vegetation, erodes the soil and eventually destroys the trail.
- Have a cell or mobile phone for emergencies, but do not rely on them only. Carry with you a whistle, mirror, flag, flashlight, flare or other means to signal your location.
- Be aware of the types of wildlife in the area by searching the web or calling the ranger station.
- Take plenty of drinking water (more than you may think you will need) and light snacks.
- Check weather conditions and wear proper clothing accordingly. Avoid doing activities during extreme temperatures. Seek shelter in the event of strong winds and thunderstorms.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Use sunblock lotion, wear a long sleeve shirt and long pants, and use a cap or hat.
For a list of more detailed hiking, biking and camping tips, the public is encouraged to visit: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/fire-department/divisions/fire-prevention.
Author: El Paso Fire Department