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Rim Country - Arizona's Favorite Playground

We work hard to keep it safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Explore this site and learn about what we do. We are volunteers who do this because we love the outdoors and wish to give something back.

Please consider a donation to help support our efforts. We 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!

If you have an emergency, we can't be 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 curve.

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 was responding.

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 condition.

The accident occurred on a curve at mile post 273; a location with a long history of a number of past serious crashes.
Photo’s courteously of the Pine Strawberry Fire District

NOTE: Firefighters are wearing pink uniform shirt in support of Breast Cancer Prevention Month




The metal basket jerked side to side then suddenly fell free, sliding down the rocky 300-foot cliff in a remote canyon north of Roosevelt Lake. I clutched the camera to my chest. Strapped in like a mummy, I was helpless to do anything but take a picture......More Here

By Alexis Bechman



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