Fire crews use new UTV to rescue injured hiker in San Luis Obispo

Posted at 5:31 PM, May 20, 2018

Fire crews used a newly purchased UTV to rescue an injured hiker from a trail in San Luis Obispo Sunday afternoon.

SLO City Fire says first responders received the call for help at 4:44 p.m. from the Cerro San Luis Trail.

A woman approximately 70 years old tripped and rolled her ankle, according to Battalion Chief Bob Bisson, who said the injury is pretty severe and she cannot walk.

The fire department was working together with CAL FIRE SLO on the rescue, staging at the Fernandez Rd. trailhead.

To help with the rescue, fire officials utilized a county-funded Polaris UTV purchased specifically to cut down on response times to hiking rescues within the city. A $33,000 grant paid for the new Polaris and rescuer training.

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