AFD on scene top of The Notch
A young woman hiking with family about two-thirds of the way to the top of Bare Mountain (the trail that leads from West Street up to the first summit) fell and injured her ankle.
The first responder to reach her realized motorized gator units could not make it to the remote location, so the Amherst Fire Department mobilized its "technical rescue team" which includes Northampton Fire Department personnel.
AFD packing up after successful rescue. Chief Tim Nelson 2nd from right
With Chief Nelson directing from a makeshift command off the parking lot to the Notch visitors center, the entire rescue was successfully completed in just over two hours.
Chief Nelson at improvised command
With this weekend at high risk for brush fires and the college town of Amherst party season at peak bloom, safe bet AFD will not be able to relax for the rest of the weekend.
Lots of rescue hardware on scene Notch Visitors Center