Sedona fire crews rescue injured hiker from Wilson Mountain


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 11:19 AM

SEDONA, Ariz. -- Sedona Fire District crews rescued an injured hiker from Wilson Mountain Saturday afternoon.

Video of the rescue was released on Wednesday.

It took crews a little more than two hours to reach the hiker on the Wilson Mountain Trail.

Due to the remote location, the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue was requested to assist.

The helicopter lifted the hiker along with firefighter paramedic Johnny Sedillo to a landing zone on Highway 89A then an ambulance transported the victim to Sedona Emergency Center.

Fire officials did not release details about the hiker's injuries.

The Sedona Fire District has responded to 15 hiking-related rescues since March 1, according to spokesman Gary Johnson. He said these types of incidents are very labor intensive and time consuming. SFD committed 12 firefighters for more than six hours during the course of this incident.

Here are a few tips you can follow to help make your hike a safe and fun trip:

1. Always wear proper foot wear.

2. Bring food, water and appropriate clothing.

3. Carry a cellphone.

4. Let someone know where you are going and the expected time you will return.

5. Never hike alone.