SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (3TV/CBS 5) – A woman was rescued on a hiking trail near Scottsdale on Saturday.
Scottsdale and Phoenix Fire rescue teams were able to rescue a woman in her 60s off Ringtail Trail in northeast Scottsdale early Saturday morning. Officials said she called 911, saying she had symptoms of heat exhaustion and needed help. A drone from the Scottsdale Fire Department was able to locate her and help crews find her location.
“The most important thing is that it’s about safety for citizens and safety for our firefighters,” a Scottsdale fire official said. The department has six drones, all of which can fly 400 feet and 5 miles from the drone pilot. Due to the live streaming capabilities of drones and their ability to transmit exact coordinates to firefighters, drones could mean the difference between life and death for someone in danger. Water bottles, life jackets, helmets, speakers and flashlights can also be attached to the drone.
The Scottsdale Fire Department encourages everyone to practice the following safe hiking practices, especially in high temperatures.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
- Wear light, loose, sweat-wicking clothing and avoid cotton.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen.
- Start your hike early.
- Plan your hike for shade and water.
- Know the danger signs of heat stroke.
- Be ready.
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