The call came in just after 11am for an injured 27 year old male on the trails behind Temple Mishkan Tefila located at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway in the Chestnut Hill section of the city. Engine 3 with Ambulance 1 responded and upon finding the victim, requested Paramedics and Ladder 2 for manpower to carry him out.
Firefighters and EMS worked to stabilize the victim and then utilized a backboard and a "stokes" basket to carry him from the trails to a waiting ambulance in the parking lot. A total of 8 Firefighters and EMS personnel carried the stokes to maintain optimal safety for the victim and ensure no further injuries while navigating the rough trails.
The Webster Conservation Land and Hammond Pond Reservation, located across the street, are popular for hikers and rock climbing as the areas are known for Roxbury Puddingstone cliffs, Gooch's Caves and challenging trails. Part of the land is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts while the rest is owned by the City of Newton as conservation land.
Firefighters and EMS respond to both reservations a few times a year for injured hikers, runners and rock climbers. Due to the rough terrain, a large contingent of manpower is needed to effect the rescues.
The victim is yesterday's incident was transported to the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with a shoulder injury.