The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:42 this morning for an injured hiker on the Makapuʻu Lighthouse Trail. Initially, five HFD units, staffed with16 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 11:52 a.m., established command and deployed an engine company to secure a landing zone at Sea Life Park’s parking lot.
A 35-year-old-female was hiking with her military husband, baby and family members, when she fell and fractured her right arm. Four fire fighters drove the HFD’s Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) up the paved trail to the top where they made patient contact at 11:59 a.m. After assessing her injury, the HFD personnel determined that it would be faster and better for the patient to transport her via the RRV down to the trailhead. The services of three HFD units including Air 1, were no longer needed. Patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services at 12:20 p.m. No other injuries were reported. The husband and rest of the patient’s family hiked down on their own.
Hiking Safety Tips
● Bring a cell phone with a full battery. We recommend packing an external back-up battery.
● Pack Food (Snacks) and Water.
● Stay hydrated and prepare for the unexpected.
● Know your physical abilities and limitations; select trails that can be enjoyed safely.
● Most accidents happen when hikers leave the established trail and disregard warning signs. Staying on the trail greatly reduces your chances of getting injured or lost.