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Mission Report September 18, 2012

posted Apr 19, 2016, 9:42 AM by RCSAR Team Account

A 69 year old male hunter from Pennsylvania had slipped on a damp root and fractured his right tibia at approximately 06:45. We were paged at 07:00 and were in route with 6 members by 07:25. We had quite a long drive time of 55 minutes to get to CR 95 in Rio Blanco County for staging. We deployed into the field with 2 teams, one on foot and one on ATVs. We made initial contact by yelling the RP's name and he responded back on our first try. As the foot team made visual contact with the party, the ATV team was just making their way to almost the exact same location via an old access road. The patient and his hunting partner had done a great job of self splinting the injury, so when we arrived on scene we did a quick assessment of the patient and determined with his OK that we would transport him out via sitting on the back of the ATV. The patient and his partner drove to YVMC where it was confirmed that he had fractured his right tibia and did have surgery that afternoon.

Mission Report September 15, 2012

posted Apr 19, 2016, 9:30 AM by RCSAR Team Account   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 9:52 AM ]

A call came in for a 30ish year old female runner doing the Run Rabbit Run 50 mile race from the base of the ski area to Rabbit Ears monument and back. She was reported to be about 3 miles from the Long Lake aid station on the return trip. The initial report was that she was just exhausted and could no longer continue. As we left the barn and in route to staging at Dry Lake parking area, the report changed to having chest pain and a previous episode of similar complaint 3 weeks earlier at the Leadville 100. With the patient now adding the symptom of chest pain we decided to have a Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue ambulance start moving in our direction and to stage at the Summit Lake parking lot at the top of Buffalo Pass. As our team arrived at the Long Lake aid station, we were told that a "Good Samaritan" on a motorcycle had picked up our patient and went down a different trail (1101) to the Summit Lake parking lot to a personally owned vehicle. We retraced our steps and never made contact with the patient, but did confirm that she was taken down via a personally owned vehicle back to the ski base area. Even though we were not needed it was a beautiful ATV ride up Buffalo Pass road. The autumn colors were simply breathtaking.

Mission Report September 7, 2012

posted Apr 19, 2016, 9:29 AM by RCSAR Team Account

Just at the lunch hour on a sunny summer afternoon, the page went off for a 51 year old female mountain biker on the Ridge Trail on Emerald Mountain, which literally is out the back door of the barn. 5 team members quickly arrived and after talking with another rider who came across our patient, it was decided that she was only about a 10 minutes ride down the trail from the top of the Ridge Trail. So with that confirmed information we staged at Blackmere Drive and headed in on ATVs with the wheeled litter just in case our ATVs would be too wide to go down the first part of the trail. It worked out just fine with taking the ATVs right to the patient, and yes it was almost spot on a 10 minute ride. She had taken a hard enough fall that her helmet had significant damage and she was complaining of a very bad headache. It was suspected and later confirmed that she did have a concussion. We were able to sit her upright on the ATV between two members and take her down to the awaiting ambulance.

Mission Report September 5, 2012

posted Apr 19, 2016, 9:25 AM by RCSAR Team Account   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 9:26 AM ]

We will call this mission the "Jason and John Show." Without going into all the details, this is a bit of a strange one. We were called for a possible missing 69 year old male fisherman and 3 llamas. This is where the story gets weird, and just keep in mind that these 2 men had just met hours earlier for the first time. Jason left his 3 llamas and John as he went to go look for Lake Albert, and when he returned he could not find John or the 3 llamas. Concerned that we might have a 69 year old subject out in the wildness somewhere it was decided that we at least go look. Jason had told us that John rode a motorcycle and that he stashed it in the bushes. When the team arrived the entire area was searched for the motorcycle and it was never located. The group was split into two teams with one going up the well defined Continental Divide trail and the other taking the RP (Jason) on the trail in the direction he felt was how the two men and llamas had gone in earlier. Team 1 was successful in finding the 3 llamas and left them with their owner and Jason to continue on his way to Lake Albert. Neither team ever came across our "so called" missing 69 year old fisherman. We concluded the mission a total success because we found the 3 lost llamas that didn't deserve to be left alone in the dark up in the wildness tied to a tree with bears and mountain lions around. As for John our missing fisherman, it was concluded in one of two ways:
  1. There was no John in the first place and Jason just needed our help to find his 3 llamas, or
  2. There was a John and he got tired of waiting for Jason to return and left the llamas and came back to the parking area and got on his motorcycle and went home and was watching the football game and drinking a cold one.
We will leave it up to you to decide. 

Mission Report September 2, 2012

posted Apr 19, 2016, 9:05 AM by RCSAR Team Account

Holiday weekend, Sunday night and a rain storm. A 14 year old young man was riding up the Beall Trail with his parents when he got ahead of them and was not at the car when they returned. It was now dark and had been raining - your typical Colorado rain storm. For any of you who ride Emerald you know how greasy the trails can get when we get those downpours. The parents returned home to see if the young man had made it home but he was not there. The mother called 911 and the father got his headlamp and went back out and started walking up the trail again. We launched a team on the front side and a team on the back side but luckily the young man had finally made his way back to Cow Creek Road and was walking along it when he was picked up. He was cold, wet, muddy, and had left his bike somewhere up on the mountain as it was too muddy to ride with all the rain that had come down. The father was picked up by the front side team and brought down just in time before the next round of extremely heavy rain began to fall. The young rider and his parents all learned a few good lessons that night: don't go out for a 3 plus hour ride with only 2 hours of daylight, no rain jacket and dressed in cotton. And take your cell phone with you fully charged.

Mission Report August 21, 2012

posted Apr 19, 2016, 9:01 AM by RCSAR Team Account

A group was deployed but not needed for a male subject who had been thrown from his horse. He was able to ride out with the assistance of North Routt Fire Protection District.

Mission Report August 13, 2012

posted Apr 19, 2016, 9:00 AM by RCSAR Team Account

13-032, Aug 13th; Tourist at the Alpine Slide. We were called to assist SSFR with a CPR in progress.

Mission Report July 29, 2012 (2)

posted Apr 19, 2016, 8:58 AM by RCSAR Team Account

We were called to help a young female hiker about 2 miles up Fish Creek Falls trail who had twisted her ankle. Upon scene we splinted the ankle and brought her out in the wheeled litter with the assistance of 6 members. She was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center by friends.

Mission Report July 29, 2012 (1)

posted Apr 19, 2016, 8:54 AM by RCSAR Team Account   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 8:56 AM ]

Fish Creek Falls Incident Commander page for a young male local runner who had not returned from a run. The call came in at midnight and while getting the information from both the parents and police, the young man was picked up by police patrolling Fish Creek Falls road from his house up to the parking lot. This could have been a needle in a hay stack as the parents just assumed he was up Fish Creek Trail but not 100% sure.

Mission Report July 21, 2012

posted Apr 19, 2016, 8:47 AM by RCSAR Team Account   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 8:52 AM ]

RCSAR was paged out to the Heart Lake Area for a individual in need of medical attention. Call came in for an ATV/fisherman up at Heart Lake near the Flattops with an unknown medical condition, but with a chief complaint of a severe headache. After it was confirmed that the group was 7 miles from the trailhead on the Stillwater side, the team decided that it would be safer to come in from the Yampa side. With coordination from the Yampa Fire Protection District, we were able to get permission from the ranch owners to go in via their private property. Not only did they let us come in, they provided one of their sons to lead us in. We found out the medical condition was spinal meningitis and that the patient was having one of his episodes. The weather was cloudy and it was raining earlier but we got lucky and the rain stayed away while we transported the patient out via ATV. He was transported via Yampa Fire Protection District ambulance to YVMC.

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