The Kanab City Fire Department participated in two emergency incidents during the extended 4th of July weekend.

The first call came just after 5 p.m. on Friday, July 5, when Kanab’s Engine 21 responded to a car fire on the southbound lane of Highway 89A, near the airport. After arriving, firefighters Nick Pratt and Coden Minnear quickly extinguished the flames and then cleared the road so holiday rush hour traffic could resume with only minimal delay.

 The evening of Sunday, July 7, Kanab firefighters joined area EMTs and law enforcement officers assisting with a vehicle that plunged down a steep embankment along Johnson Canyon Road east of Kanab. One firefighter team, led by Captain Gabe Federkeil, extricated three trapped passengers from the wreck and helped package them for transport, while a second team, led by Firefighter Shawn King, established a rope pulley system to raise the injured persons up the 75-foot cliff to waiting ambulance and helicopter transports. The operation took just over an hour.

“This was one of the most complex incidents we’ve seen,” noted Kanab Fire Chief Joe Decker, who commanded the operation. “We had patient care, extrication, rope rescue, traffic control, and helicopter operations all going on at the same time and in the dark.”

Decker praised the nearly two-dozen area first responders who participated in the incident, with particular mention for Firefighter King and the rope system used in the rescue. “All of these people bring something critical to the scene,” Decker said, “but the rope system is what allowed us to safely lift the patients up the steep hill and get them to the advanced medical care they needed.”

The Kanab City Fire Department is a volunteer organization that provides first-class training and modest benefits to its members. We make a difference. If you would like to get involved, contact Chief Decker at (435) 644-2718 for more details.