Russell Fire Department : 911 or 800-936-3919
State Police (Russell Barracks): 911 or 413-862-3312
Safety is everyone's concern.
For all backcountry medical emergencies, contact the State Police (phone
number above). Medical or search and rescue are accomplished only through
the State Police. A backcountry emergency is defined as one where
the victim is an hour or more from medical attention.
If it will take more than an hour for EMTs to reach the
victim, contact the State Police.
In the event that a person is lost or missing and cannot be accounted
for, contact the State Police.
• If someone requires urgent medical attention, call
• Ask a guest to meet and direct EMTs.
• Ask those present whether they have medical training or first aid training
and are willing to render care while awaiting arrival of EMTs.
• If possible, gather information EMTs will need upon arrival (name, age,
known medical problems, medications and time taken, and circumstances of
injury or symptoms of illness).
• If injury is minor, a first aid kit is located in the south wing closet
of the Double Cottage.
• Alert all guests: "Fire! Evacuate the building."
• Pull the fire alarm located to the right of the west (kitchen) door
of the Double Cottage.
• Ask a guest to meet and direct the fire trucks.
• If possible, attempt to extinguish the fire using the fire extinguishers
on premises. Do not endanger yourself!
• Assemble occupants outside and account for all. Advise authorities of
any missing person.
• If someone requires urgent medical attention, call 911.
Directions To State Police
Barracks In Russell:
• Go down the Noble View driveway and turn right on South Quarter Road.
• Turn left at the stop sign on General Knox Road.
• Turn right at the stop sign on Route 23.
• Turn left at the stop sign to go west on Route 20.
• State Police barracks is on the left in 2.4 miles.
Directions To Noble Hospital
• Go down the Noble View driveway and turn right on South
• Turn right at the stop sign on General Knox Road, which becomes Western
• Immediately after the first intersection with a traffic light (Mill
St. and High St. are the cross streets at this intersection) turn right
into the Emergency Room entrance.
Please understand that guests may decide not to lock buildings.
When you are not in the building you have rented, leave
all valuables in your locked vehicle. Please lock vehicles at all times.
HIKE SAFE--THE HIKER RESPONSIBILITY
We strongly encourage everyone who participates in outdoor
recreation to take responsibility for themselves, to plan ahead, and to
be prepared for the unexpected.
The Hiker Responsibility
Code was developed and is endorsed by the White Mountain National
Forest and New Hampshire Fish and Game. See hikeSafe’s website for excellent planning
and safety information. Although conditions in the White Mountains differ
from those in Western Massachusetts, the Hiker Responsibility Code establishes
an excellent benchmark for hiker safety.
You are responsible for yourself,
so be prepared:
1. With knowledge and gear.
Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather
and your equipment before you start.
2. To leave your plans.
Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will
return and your emergency plans.
3. To stay together. When
you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the
4. To turn back. Weather
changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also
affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The
mountains will be there another day.
5. For emergencies. Even
if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong
turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know
how to rescue yourself.
6. To share the hiker code with
When on the trail, a variety of tools and accessories
can help to keep you safe, warm and comfortable.
However, ten items are an absolute must on each and every
hike you take--whether it's an afternoon jaunt or a three-day tour. They
are the Ten Essentials:
- Rain/wind gear and extra clothing
- Extra food and water
- Flashlight or headlamp, with extra bulbs and batteries
- Waterproof matches/firestarters
- First aid kit (including SOAP notes, pencil, gloves, bandaids, moleskin)
- Signalling devices: whistle, signal mirror, cell phone
- Rain/wind jacket and pants
- Pocket knife/multipurpose tool
Other items to consider bringing:
- Water filter/purification tablets
- Insect repellent
- Shelter (space blanket, 33-gal heavy duty plastic bags, emergency bivy,
10’ x 10’ 6mil plastic sheet)
- Sleeping pad
- Sleeping bag
- Nylon line
- Toilet paper, trowel
- Pencil and waterproof paper
- Spare boot laces