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Prescott Fire Department Comes to Aid of Dehydrated 13-year-old

16 April 2017   Jeff Jones, Firefighter & Paramedic

Watson Lake is lovely this time of year, but don’t forget to stay hydrated as you enjoy the area!

On Saturday, April 15, 2017 at about 4pm, Prescott Fire Dispatch received a 911 call for a 13 year-old male that was hiking with his parents on the Watson Lake Loop Trail when he became dehydrated and was unable to continue.  Prescott Fire Department’s Technical Rescue station responded along with a secondary Prescott fire engine and AMR  Ambulance to assist the teen back to safety.  When initial crews made contact with the patient, it became apparent that he would need to be carried out the remaining ½ mile to the north boat ramp. Advanced life support was initiated and the patient was placed on a backboard for the duration of the extrication.  The patient was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott for evaluation.

Prescott Fire Department wants to remind you that as the summer months are starting to entice people to get out in our BEAUTIFUL city, that it is very important to take proper precautions when venturing out.  Food, water, sunscreen and a cell phone are important items that are just a start to the things that you should consider bringing when hiking up in the mountains or adventuring around one of our lakes.  If you are ever lost or otherwise think that you might not be able to make it back out, calling 911 sooner rather than later will help crews be able to find you and assist you back to safety.