The Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team assisted the Great Barrington Fire Department during a rescue of a 71-year-old man at Monument Mountain Reservation who could not make his way back down the mountain.
According to a news report in the Berkshire Edge, on Wednesday, July 12, shortly before noon, the Great Barrington department responded to Monument Mountain Reservation for a report of an ill elderly man at the summit. Upon arrival, first responders learned that the elderly man, who was hiking with his son, had collapsed at the top of the Squaw Peak Trail.
Great Barrington firefighters, accessed the area using a UTV. Also assisting in the effort was the Egremont Fire Department, Sheffield Fire Department, Monterey Fire Department.
The newspaper reported that crews reached the hiker within 45 minutes. The man was treated by medics and stabilized. Due to his location on the mountain, he had to be carried across boulders and lowered down steep embankments using rope systems before reaching an area of the trail accessible to UTVs, which were used to bring him down the rest of the way.
Firefighters reached the bottom of the mountain by 2:30 p.m. The man was transported by Southern Berkshire Ambulance to an area hospital in stable condition. All rescue crews cleared the scene by 3 p.m.
WMTRT assisted with three separate rescues during August of 2016 in the same area.