Phoenix rescue crews assist in second mountain rescue of the day

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A mule litter like this, also referred to as a big wheel, is one of the tools Valley fire departments use for mountain rescues. (Source: Sure-Line.com) A mule litter like this, also referred to as a big wheel, is one of the tools Valley fire departments use for mountain rescues. (Source: Sure-Line.com)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Phoenix fire and technical rescue crews are working to rescue a 50-year-old woman who fainted while hiking a mountain on 6201 E. Cholla Lane on Monday morning. Responders said the woman fainted after becoming ill while hiking on a day where temperatures are about 20 degrees hotter than normal.

Once the rescue crews found the woman, they began intravenous therapy in hopes to be able to walk the woman down the mountain under her own power, but crews were unable to get that method to work.

Instead, rescue crews are working to bring the woman down via a big wheel and basket, a common rescue mechanism used by technical crews.

This is the second mountain rescue of the day, a hint to stay inside, avoid strenuous activity and drink lots of water on days where temperatures approach the 90’s and especially the triple digits.  

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