TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A four-wheel drive pickup truck donated to Hualien County Fire Department by a businessman has been put to good use during its first month in commission, Central News Agency (CNA) reported on Wednesday (May 1).
Much of Hualien County is mountainous. Therefore, the county has more mountaineering accidents than other municipalities.
Hualien County Fire Department Chief Lin Wen-jui (林文瑞) said 44 of the Taiwan 100 Mountains (百岳) are located in Hualien. Popular hiking routes include: Section 2 of North of Central Mountains (北二段), Chilai mountain range, Nenggao-Andongjun Trail (能高安東軍), Third Section of South of Central Mountains (南三段), Mabolasih Hiking Route (馬博拉斯橫斷), Batongguan Historic Trail (八通關越嶺道), and Sinkang Mountain Hiking Route (新康橫斷).
Lin said these high mountain trails and some Coastal Range attractions on the east attract domestic and foreign visitors. Yet, hiking alone, bad weather, dangerous terrains, unfit physical condition, and not enough food in stock have contributed to mountain climbing disasters and calls for assistance.
Hualien County Fire Department said they received calls to help with four mountaineering accidents from April 24-27. The four-wheel drive pickup truck, which has been in commission at the department’s Yuli Station for less than a month, has been put to good use, carrying out such tasks as transporting rescue personnel, goods and materials, as well as carrying out search and rescue missions.
(Hualien County Fire Department photo)