Release date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Recent Statewide Forest Ranger Actions
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forest rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers find and rescue missing, injured, or distressed people throughout New York State.
In 2021, DEC Forest Rangers will complete 426 search and rescue missions, extinguish wildfires, participate in prescribed fires that help revitalize hundreds of acres of land, and save thousands of tickets and arrests. I worked on a related incident.
“Over the past decade, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, DEC has witnessed an increase in the number of people visiting state lands to experience New York City’s abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said: “DEC Forest Rangers continue to be at the forefront of helping visitors get out responsibly and get home safely, and to protect the state’s irreplaceable natural resources. For more than a century, their knowledge of first aid, land navigation, and technical rescue techniques has taken them from remote wilderness with craggy peaks to rushing rivers and across vast forests across the state. success in their mission.”
Franklin County, Massachusetts
Whitewater training: On October 15, forest rangers Romnitzer, Martin, Perryman, and Scott attended the American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor Development Training at Zoa Outdoor Adventure Resort in Massachusetts. All four rangers successfully completed the clinic and were recertified as his ACA Whitewater instructors for the next four years.
ACA instructor training
ACA instructor training
Wilderness Rescue: At 6:10 PM on October 19, Forest Rangers Fox and Franceschina answered a call from a hiker with leg problems on the Warner Creek trail. At 7 p.m., the ranger’s girlfriend Franceschina arrived on the scene and walked down the road to find his 62-year-old man from Pennsylvania in excruciating pain and unable to bend his leg. Ranger Franceschina gave the hikers ibuprofen and electrolytes and helped them back to the trailhead. Ranger Fox assisted the hiker until his EMS in Greene County arrived. EMS determined the hiker was over-exercising and dehydrated. Resources cleared at 8:10 p.m.
Town of Arietta
Wilderness Exploration: At 7:30 PM on October 19, Forest Rangers Carr, Nally, Scott and Thompson answered the call of a missing hunter at Otter Lake Campground. The 68-year-old man from Belmore was last seen at 11:00 a.m. and was due to be back by 1:00 p.m. The subject did not have his navigation tools, lights, or weather-appropriate clothing. Rangers and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy searched all night without success. The next morning, eleven rangers and his five sheriff’s deputies searched the trails, streams and drains. At 9:00 a.m., Ranger his Scott positioned the subject about three miles (3 miles) southwest of Spruce Lake.Search parties brought the matter to waiting family and friends. He was evaluated by EMS and released, with resources cleared at 10:15 am.
Rangers and Agents Find Missing Hunter in Arietta
Publicity activities: On October 20, Forest Ranger Jackson spoke to 4th graders at Castleton Elementary School. As the students recently learned about geography, Ranger Jackson explained how geography plays a role in a ranger’s daily work. Ranger He Jackson taught children how to read maps and demonstrated how different geographic features affect search and rescue operations and wildfire response. Some students told their teachers that they wanted to be forest rangers when they grew up.
Ranger Jackson of Castleton Elementary School
Ranger Jackson of Castleton Elementary School
Town of Owego
Airboat training: On October 20th, five Forest Rangers conducted airboat training on the Susquehanna River. This allowed the rangers to retain the ability to operate the airboat in low light or low light conditions.
ranger flying boat training
North Elba town
Wilderness Rescue: At 3:52 PM on October 21, Forest Ranger Evans was alerted by a hiker that an injured hiker was slowly walking off Algonquin Peak. The hiker was not wearing a traction device and fell about 15 feet onto the ice. Ranger Evans approached the 63-year-old man from West Falls, administered first aid, and walked the subject back to the campsite, where in the fall and winter he would hike more than 3,000 feet. Micro He highly recommends spikes or other traction devices.
Wilderness Rescue: At 2:20 pm on October 22nd, Forest Ranger Dawson and Ranger Lieutenant Pachan were working in the Laurel House parking lot. Ranger Dawson checked the observatory, but he could not find the subject. Ranger Dawson continued down to the lower falls, at which point Greene County 911 reported that the subject was near the top of the falls. Lt. Pachan found his 63-year-old man from Brooklyn near a wooden fence at the top of a waterfall. Subject was calm but weak and slowly returned to the trailhead with the help of friends. I was. Moments later, Greene County paramedics arrived with Ranger Dawson and another paramedic, walking from under the falls. After some rest, subject decided to seek further medical care on her own.Resources cleared by 4pm
Wilderness Rescue: At 2:22 pm on October 22, New York State Police called in forest rangers for assistance at Minnewaska State Park, who pulled the subject, who had fallen approximately 50 feet, into a gap near Gertrude’s nose. New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation staff and local counterparts hoisted his 54-year-old man with a high-angle rope rescue. Subject from New York City suffered severe head injuries and was unconscious and unconscious. A rescue party carried him half a mile (800 m) away to Gertrude’s Nose, where they encountered Ranger Lieutenant Slade and Ranger His Jarn. Rangers loaded subject into air debris. At 4:00 p.m., Ranger his Stratton loaded the patient into the helicopter as New York State Police pilots Bow and Leader flew in. The patient was then transferred to his helicopter on his flight and taken to the hospital.Resources cleared by 6pm
After the patient was lifted, Lieutenant Slade was lifted into the helicopter.
Hoist Rescue at Minnewaska State Park
Crevice in Minnewaska State Park
Make sure you have proper preparation and planning before entering the backcountry. For more information, visit DEC’s Hike Smart NY, Adirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information web pages.
You should call 833-NYS-RANGERS if you need a Forest Ranger for search and rescue, wildfire reporting, or reporting illegal activity on state land or easements. If you need urgent help, you can call 911. To contact a forest ranger for information about a specific location, DEC’s website has phone numbers for all rangers listed by region.