Little River Canyon in Fort Payne sees spike in deaths, rescues in 2020; Responders demonstrate a rescue

  • Source: WZDX-TV Fox 54 Huntsville
  • Published: 04/06/2021 06:39 PM

VIDEO: One National Reserve in Fort Payne has gotten a lot of attention recently-- and not in a good way. The number of deaths at the park is up. Forbes actually named Little River Canyon as one of the deadliest parks in America. Our Sydney Stallworth spent the day at the park to talk about safety with rescuers. Little River Canyon had a record-breaking year last year in visitation. But, with more people-- unfortunately-- comes more accidents. Rangers don’t see things slowing down anytime soon. So, they're trying to remind you how to stay safe. Rescuers from ALEA, Fischer Rescue Squad and Fort Payne Fire Department, three of the 18 departments the park calls on for rescues, came to show some safety equipment. Fort Payne Fire Department says rescues can be much more intense than you may know. We spoke with Chief Ron Saferite, the Fire Chief of Fort Payne Fire Department.


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