Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

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Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail
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Update by Montecito Fire Department
February 18, 2019

This morning Montecito firefighters responded to the Romero Canyon trail for an injured runner. Due to the poor trail conditions, the decision was made to hoist the patient into Santa Barbara Fire helicopter 308 for transport to the hospital.

Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue also hiked up to the patient with our personnel to help with packaging and transporting the patient back down the hill, if necessary. Another safe and efficient rescue coordinated between the three agencies. Be careful when out on the trails, at this time of year the conditions change almost daily. 


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
11:45 a.m., February 18, 2019

Injured hiker on the Romero Canyon Trailhead, one and a half miles back.

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a-1553573481 Feb 20, 2019 08:21 AM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

So glad to hear that your wife is recovering. We have such a wonderful community in a time of crisis as you know. Wishing you both the best and thankful once again for our first responders.

benwprice Feb 19, 2019 01:29 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

I'm grateful to report that my wife was able to get outstanding on-scene medical support and urgently needed to be transported to Cottage. Her accident was very frightening and the damage severe and critical. Helicopter support was the only option and it's comforting to know that all of us who enjoy the outdoors and trails have such an option when someone's life is on the line. There were great community of fellow trail lovers who assisted us while we waited for Montecito Fire to arrive and they know how intense it was for all. Our deepest thanks to you all! My wife is now home in horrible pain after an intensive afternoon at Cottage, but has a favorable recovery outlook ahead . And will be back on the trails that we too love and share with everyone. Now, for those that want answers to the rants about taxes, insurance, etc... -Yes, we are California (SB) residents paying full city, state, and co taxes, property taxes, .... -Yes, we are fully insured (HealthNet) and are fortunate to only have a $75 copay for yesterday

mm1970 Feb 20, 2019 09:07 AM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

Best of luck, and speedy recovery. I had to be carried off a trail last year while running ... so I feel your wife's pain AND am very appreciative of the fire department for their rescues.

mm1970 Feb 20, 2019 09:08 AM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

Best of luck, and speedy recovery. I had to be carried off a trail last year while running ... so I feel your wife's pain AND am very appreciative of the fire department for their rescues.

andrewbaker77 Feb 19, 2019 01:58 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

Hey Ben Best luck to your wife!!! And thanks for the perspective on insurance with regard to the accident. Really helpful. And really fortunate you're paying almost nothing. Great to hear that part of the story. As a rider (mountain bike) I know that feeling of being at home suffering (third degree separated shoulder) but quite often with injury, every day it lessens, and soon enough, it's just a crazy story to tell. Best luck!!! - AB

andrewbaker77 Feb 19, 2019 01:28 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

It's stunning and sad how angry people get over everything. I was just curious what the heli costs, and how the insurance side of it worked, and next thing I know it's a witch burning party. That said, thank you to those who offered up some insight. One other question - can you turn down the help? Let's assume you're out there, twist your ankle etc, someone sees you, calls search and rescue, they come, non-fire helicopter comes, (big costs) can you say "thanks but no thanks" and crawl your way out, or will they forcibly take you and the charge you?

a-1553573481 Feb 19, 2019 11:45 AM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

To clarify things ..... if a hiker / runner / outdoors person gets injured on the trails and a sheriff/fire helicopter is used to transport to the hospital , there is NO charge to the injured person (until they reach the hospital). This is part of the County’s response system that your taxes pay for. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with employment and/or insurance status, period.

a-1553573481 Feb 19, 2019 08:54 AM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

Wow - hope the runner was okay. Gee - What a bunch of judgy people! Hopefully when you have a heart attack from just sitting in your armchair criticizing others, you will have insurance so the comments board won't have anything to worry about.

mm1970 Feb 19, 2019 12:12 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

I hope they have insurance too, so my taxpayer dollars aren't paying for their triple bypass from their foolish lifestyle decisions - to have their recreational activities be watching Netlix and eating pizza.

a-1553573481 Feb 18, 2019 10:58 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

Why are people wondering if the person had health insurance? I thought Obamacare was going to take care of all that - make sure everyone has it to reduce costs relating to the uninsured? oh wait.

mm1970 Feb 19, 2019 10:04 AM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

Prob because you can still choose to be uninsured... The ACA has been fantastic for my friends who are on it. Cheaper and better coverage for some...coverage at all for the others (pre-existing conditions, ya know).

tagdes Feb 18, 2019 09:07 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

Maybe you should read the post before going into your tirades. This was SB Co. Fire copter 308.... no charge, thank you.

tagdes Feb 19, 2019 12:02 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

Only if it's for minor injuries and there is a reasonably close LZ. In other words not usually. We live in the direct flight path to cottage from all 3 of the common rescue trails and 308 has taken more than a half dozen in the last year. First of all Calstar north County calls are mostly auto accidents. We're talking hoist rescues which they don't do and it's often just easier for 308 to spend the 5 minutes to go on to Cottage.

CoastWatch Feb 18, 2019 10:34 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

308 usually lands where there is an ambulance waiting for transport ... In the North County, all airlifts are with CAL$TAR ...

a-1553573481 Feb 18, 2019 07:05 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

They will run on the "broken" trails. They will pay the price for being foolish. I know a guy who ran trails for years. He's not even 70 years of age and now he can barely walk. Such impact-engendering athleticism has its price. And . . . not just the price of a rescue.

Factotum Feb 18, 2019 06:16 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

Another "safe and efficient" .......... but very costly rescue. Tay payers should not be asked to subsidize other people's recreational activities.

andrewbaker77 Feb 18, 2019 03:50 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

I have a couple questions - Who pays for the airlift? Is that out of the runners pocket? If they have health insurance, would it pay? Or in emergencies is there no charge to the injured person? (ie - firefighters don't bill you to put out the fire in your house) And, lastly, any idea of the cost? - AB

mm1970 Feb 19, 2019 10:03 AM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

COASTWATCH's numbers are a bit off. Airlift - insurance may pay, depends on the insurance. Some don't cover this. ER bill estimate is high. Ask me how I know! With X-ray, before any adjustments, bill was $2500. Ambulance bill was a hair under $2500.

CoastWatch Feb 18, 2019 05:25 PM
Injured Runner on Romero Canyon Trail

@ANDREWBAKER77- IF the runner had no insurance, the Ambulance Company, (AMR) charges approximately $2500 Min. to transport a patient. The ER will bill for at least $3000, assuming there were x-rays taken... Both "companies" will attempt to collect IF the runner has a "legal" job (vs an illegal- paid under the table job). If the runner is a legal resident of the State of California, those two companies will do everything they can to collect, even refer the billing to a collection company and garnish wages... IF the "runner" or any "patient" is an illegal alien, NO attempt to bill or go after ANY payment will take place. They will pursue a minimum payment from THE COUNTY / TAXPAYERS. That being said, THAT is the reason many are in favor of "The Wall"... It has nothing to do with race, or a closed border- It has to do with the FACT that California simply can not AFFORD to pay for all the entitlements that are provided by taxpayer funds...

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