NYS DEC Forest Rangers highlights recent rescue missions


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers have highlighted its recent rescue missions.

The agency works with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups to locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from across New York State.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “DEC celebrates our 50th anniversary this year, but our Forest Rangers have been on the front lines for even longer, protecting New York’s wildlife, natural resources, residents, and visitors for more than a century.”

“The State’s brave Forest Rangers have a vast knowledge of first aid, land navigation, and technical rescue techniques that are critical to the success of their missions in remote wilderness areas, rugged mountainous peaks, white water rivers, frozen lakes, and forested areas statewide,” he added

“We are proud of the work our Forest Rangers perform and look forward to another 50 years and beyond of highly trained service.” He added.

Basil Seggos in a press release highlighted some of their successes.

He mentioned that in the town of Shandaken, Ulster County, a wilderness rescue was done on October 14, 2020 at 10:22 p.m.

According to him, Ulster County 911 contacted DEC’s Central Office Dispatch with a report of an overdue hiker who was unprepared for an overnight stay.

“The hiker lost daylight on his descent and planned on using a cell phone light to get out of the woods, but quickly lost the trail. He also fell over a five-foot ledge due to darkness, injuring his left knee,” Segos said.

Rangers provided him with food, water, and a light source and escorted the hiker back down the trail, arriving at the trailhead at 5:15 a.m.

The others includes a wilderness rescue in a village of Saranac Lake on October 15, another wilderness rescue in town of Keene in Essex County on October 15 and a wilderness search in Hamilton County on October 17.

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