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Spring Is Busy Time For Hiking Trails, Phoenix Fire Department

In the past week, Phoenix Fire Department has responded to multiple rescue calls from hikers, including four calls in four hours.

The Phoenix area has many hiking trails that are popular among tourists and Arizona residents.

But those trails also have another frequent visitor — The Phoenix Fire Department. The spring is their busiest time for mountain rescues. Earlier this week, the department responded to four rescues in four hours.

Jake Van Hook with the department says to get to all the rescues; it takes a lot of coordination.

“We also work with multiple agencies, other fire departments, and police departments in the Valley to make sure that we have adequate coverage for all the different trails and mountainous areas that we have around town," he said. 

Van Hook says crews train constantly to be prepared for all forms of rescues, including mountain rescues.

He says the best way to save yourself a call to Phoenix Fire — and stay safe — is to bring plenty of water and stay on the trail.

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."