On September 11, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 3:45 p.m. for a hiker in distress on the Koko Head Trail. Five resource units, staffed with 16 personnel, responded to the call. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 3:56 p.m. and ascended the trail on foot. Additional fire fighters arrived to secure a landing zone and provide fire protection for Air 1 at the Koko Head Elementary School.
The fire fighters, who ascended the trail, made contact with a 47-year-old male approximately half-way up the trail at 4:13 p.m. They performed an initial medical assessment and obtained vital signs. The shirtless male wearing pants stated that he was experiencing abdominal cramps and dizziness while hiking alone and could not continue. The fire fighters moved the hiker about 25 yards up the trail to an area that was clear of overhead power lines. Air 1 inserted a rescue specialist to package the hiker for extraction and airlifted him shortly after to the landing zone where patient care was transferred to an Emergency Medical Services unit at 4:39 p.m.
All HFD personnel were accounted for with no reports of injuries.
Hiking Safety Tips:
Bring a cell phone, which can be a lifesaver during an emergency. Ensure that your battery is full prior to your hike. 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.