Northwest Fire District firefighters were dispatched to the area of Sweetwater Dr. and Camino De Oeste, in the Tucson Mountains after receiving a 9-1-1 call for woman who had fallen from a horse. The call came in at 1349 hours.
The first engine arrived minutes later and hiked approximately ¾ of a mile to locate the 50-year-old victim. The victim suffered serious, but non-life threatening after she was thrown from the horse. A friend that was riding along with the victim was able to ride back to a house and called 9-1-1.
Northwest Fire’s technical rescue team was brought to the scene to assist in removing the victim from the wash. Based on her condition, the decision was made not to take the time to hike her back to the nearest roadway, but bring her up the bank of a wash using a haul system and stokes basket.
The rescue team raised the victim approximately 30 feet up the walls of the wash from where the victim was located. The rescue took 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. There were no injuries reported to the horse. The victim’s family arrived at the scene and was able to bring the horse back home.
A medical helicopter was called to the scene as the rescue began. The helicopter was on the ground and waiting for the patient as she was brought out of the wash. This expedited the patients transport time and arrival at University of Arizona’s Medical Center Trauma Unit.
Northwest Fire reminds you to always have a cell phone, or a “buddy” with you during outside activities such as hiking, biking, or riding a horse