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It’s a technique the Sedona Fire District uses only when necessary but one they’re glad to have.Firefighter Brent Johnson

A short haul, which is defined as the transporting of one or more individuals beneath a helicopter, has been used for years by various first responders. It’s proven very effective in the Sedona area to not only transport injured victims but also to rescue them from atop mountains.

“We try and use short hauls only when necessary,” firefighter Brent Johnson said. “This is by far the most dangerous thing we do. I realize that every time we go off the ground we may not come back as we intended.”


For the full story, see the Wednesday, Oct. 23, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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  • I'm Confused

    Search and Rescue is clearly the responsibility of the Sheriff's Dept. Why is Sedona Fire paying for specialized training and equipment to handle search and rescue's?

  • pat

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    To I'm Confused:
    As a family member of a First Responder (Fire Dept), I think it is very crucial that both departments should have the same kind of Search and Rescue training; especially in an area such as Sedona. These men and women put their lives on the line and are sometimes put in dangerous situations. Beyond carrying firearms the training should be extensive for the fire departments. If one of my family members were lost or in harms way, I would want all available resources to be there.

  • Jeff

    If the person is lost or not hurt, you are right it is the responsibility of Yavapai or Coconino Search and Rescue. Bad part is neither is located locally. One out of Prescott and the other out of Flagstaff. There are times when they call Sedona Fire because the person is not hurt but in imminent danger of falling or getting hurt. Unfortunately, because of their delayed time getting here in the summer they often wait and then all of a sudden the person is "dehydrated" and then it becomes a medical rescue. Neither counties search and rescue are medically trained so any rescue involving a sick or injured person is the fire district's responsibility.

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