On Tuesday May 17th, the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 held a basic mountain rescue informational meeting for it’s members and members of the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Due to our geographic location in the Hudson Highlands, and the influx of tourists and hikers seeking to climb the trails of the surrounding peaks, the Cold Spring Fire Company responds on numerous “mountain related” calls. These range from lost hikers who have entered the trail system ill prepared and who become disoriented due to darkness, to injured persons who may trip or fall, to forest fires that spring up during the dry seasons.
The class was well attended by both Companies, as the instructor Cold Spring Assistant Chief Matt Steltz led the group through a brief history of the area, descriptions and maps of the different terrain of the Hudson Highlands and closed by giving a walk through of the different medical and emergency response equipment that is utilized. This class was given with the cooperation of PVAC, since on many occasions they are called upon to climb alongside the Fire Personnel in the case of a medical emergency.
The Hudson Highlands is one of the most popular hiking and outdoor destinations on the East Coast. It is also one of the most difficult hiking/climbing areas in the country. We ask that people please review the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation guidelines and recommendations before you set out on the trail. You may find maps and other info here. Be prepared!