Activated: 2 PM
Clear of the scene: 5:10 PM
FSAR was requested to respond by CVFD to assist in the rescue & evacuation of a male hiker in his 60s with a possible broken finger and a knee injury as a result of a fall on A.T on Little Bigelow Mtn.
When FSAR arrived, the patient had already begun the litter ride off the mountain. Due to the large amount of responding rescuers, we were able to switch-out littler handlers frequently. This contributed to lower rescuer fatigue and increased safety and also to a relatively quick evacuation. Assisting in the carry-out was: NorthStar Ambulance, New Portland FD, CVFD, MWS, MFS, and FSAR. In addition, the Chewonki School counselors and campers, who encountered the injured hiker soon after his fall, assisted by transporting the patient's dog back to the trailhead and then distributing waters to the rescuers on the trail.
We used the FSAR 'wheel' to move the litter for the second half (more flat and smooth trail) of the carry-out and it worked beautifully. FSAR fielded a respectable 4 rescuers for the call.
Everyone made it back to the trailhead without injury.
Total litter carry was approximately 1.5 miles.