Nov 18 – At 4:26, Headquarters dispatched Company 25 and Rescue 45, along with Yellow Breeches EMS (91), Cumberland-goodwill EMS (40) and a West Shore Medic (M89) to a report of hikers who fell 30-40 feet on the Appalachian Trail, near the White Rock Acres development (Box 25-10).
Due to the complexity of such an incident, Command 25 (Farrell) requested Companies 36 (Citizens’ – Mt Holly Springs) and 23 (Upper Allen) for UTVs and manpower at 04:39. In addition, Command requested to see if a helicopter from the PA State Police was available to assist. As the incident continued, Command requested additional UTVs from EMS Co 40 at 05:04.
Command designated a Recon group, under the direction of Captain 25 (Flickinger) to begin a ground search for the injured subjects. Headquarters remained on the line with one of the patients and relayed coordinates and what the patient was hearing to Command. By 05:26, the Recon group had located the injured hikers. At this time, Command requested Lifelion be placed on standby due to the mechanism of the injuries. The PSP helicopter and additional UTVs from EMS Co. 40 were placed available.
After a patient assessment, Lifelion was requested to the Leidigh ballfield at the bottom of the mountain for the most severely injured subject. At this time, Company 33 (New Kingstown) was also requested for manpower. The first patient was extricated from the mountain at 07:13 and the second at 07:32. Lifelion flew one patient to Hershey Medical Center and the other was transported by ground to Carlisle Regional Medical Center.
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