Tonto Rim Search And Rescue
Rim Country - Arizona's Favorite
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volunteers who do this because we love the outdoors and wish
to give something back.
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volunteer our time, skills, and considerable personal
equipment. However, specialized rescue equipment, medical
equipment, and specialized training take significant amounts
of our annual budget. We are not publicly funded, and rely on
the goodness of those who live in and visit
this wonderful area.
Our General Membership meeting is held once a month on the 2nd
Thursday of the month and is held at the Payson Library
Meeting room in Rumsey Park at 7:00 PM. Everyone welcome!
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dispatched until the Gila County Sheriff's Office dispatches
us. The fastest way to make that happen is to call 911.
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Crash Victims Rescued by
Firefighters and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad
At 11:44 AM on Thursday morning, the Pine Strawberry
Fire District was dispatched to a report of a vehicle
accident on Route 87 with a SUV down a ravine at a
location 3 miles north of Strawberry, above the hairpin
Crews arrived to discover a south bound vehicle had
drifted across the center line in a curve, and the
driver had over corrected, causing the SUV to skid back
across the road, where it went airborne, crashing nearly
150 ft down slope.
A couple in their 70’s was in the vehicle with the
husband driving. The wife had climbed out of the car via
the open sun roof and crawled part way up the steep
embankment by the time fire crews arrived.
The slope was so steep firefighters had to use ropes to
safely descend to the car containing the husband.
The Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad was called to
assist and firefighters continued treating both patients
and extricating the husband from the car while Tonto Rim
Once the rescue squad established a rope haul system
both patients were placed into an extrication basket and
individually pulled up to the road where they were
transported to a helicopter landing zone.
Both patients were flown to the Scottsdale Osborne
Hospital trauma center by helicopter in serious
The accident occurred on a curve at mile post 273; a
location with a long history of a number of past serious
Photo’s courteously of the Pine Strawberry Fire District
NOTE: Firefighters are wearing pink uniform shirt in
support of Breast Cancer Prevention Month