The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 2:57 p.m. for an injured hiker on the Upper Waimano Trail in Pearl City. Five resource units staffed with 16 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived at the trailhead on Waimano Home Road at 3:06 p.m. Because the geolocation of the 911 caller placed them about 2.8 miles on the trail, rescue specialists were inserted by air who then made contact with the 65-year-old male patient at 3:34 p.m. After hiking for 6.5 hours on the trail with his 27-year-old son, the father accidentally slid about 30 feet down a steep embankment sustaining lacerations to his face and could not move. After providing basic life support treatment and packaging for extraction, Air 1 airlifted the injured father and uninjured son individually to the landing zone located nearby at the Waimano Home Road where patient care was transferred to the awaiting Emergency Medical Services unit at 3:53 p.m. All HFD personnel were accounted for with no reports of injuries.
The HFD urges the public to hike safely and provides the following safety tips:
• Hike with a Partner
Don’t hike alone. Frequently, people who get into trouble are alone. In case of an emergency, your partner’s help can be invaluable. Don’t separate from your group.
• Assess Your Capabilities
Compare your level of fitness, ability, and experience with the trail description. Be practical and realistic. There are a wide variety of trails in Hawaii, so pick one that suits your level.
For more information, visit www.fire.honolulu.gov