A female in her mid-teens was located, provided medical treatment and extricated from a hiking trail in the Dishman Hills Natural Area in south Spokane Valley early last Friday evening.
Operators of 9-1-1 and fire dispatch were notified of a teen at an unknown location in the Dishman Hills with ankle and potential knee injuries, said Andy Hail, department spokesman.
With the injured female unable to hike out to a trailhead, two friends attempted to hike out and meet responding Spokane Valley Fire Department units.
Initial responders were unable to obtain the injured teen’s specific location. Coordinating with the Spokane County Combined Communications Center, operated by the Spokane Fire Department, dispatchers were able to obtain a location. She was provided medical treatment, placed into a rescue litter and carried out of the natural area by SVFD firefighters.
American Medical Response personnel continued treatment and transported the teen to Sacred Heart Hospital in stable condition, Hail said.
The initial 9-1-1 call for assistance was received at 6:16 p.m. and the first-responders arrived at one of multiple trailheads at 6:22 p.m. First contact with the injured teen occurred at 7:15 p.m. After carrying the teen to the trailhead via litter as nightfall set in, she was transported by AMR ambulance at 8 p.m.
Two engine companies, one ladder truck, one rescue unit, one ambulance and a battalion chief responded to this incident, with a total of 12 personnel on the initial and subsequent request for assistance.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department strongly recommends all persons hiking local trails carry, at a minimum, a whistle, cell phone, water, compass, multiple layers of clothing and a portable light in the event they are unable to reach the trailhead before darkness.
“This situation is a prime example of the value of hiking with a partner in the event of injury,” Hail said.