Safety is important at Noble View 


Handling Emergencies

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 413-862-3312. 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.  

In the event that a person is lost or missing and cannot be accounted for, contact the State Police.

Injury Or Medical Emergency:

If someone requires urgent medical attention, call 911. 

Injury/Medical Emergency:

  • Determine severity of situation (i.e. cardiac arrest, profuse bleeding, and severe trauma) and call 911 to arrange for EMTs to come to premises. Have a guest meet and direct the emergency responders.
  • Identify individuals qualified to assist (Dr., Nurse, EMT).
  • Be prepared to provide identify, age, known medical problems, medications and circumstances of injury.
  • If minor injury, provide first aid from the first aid kit located in the building.
  • An Accident Report must be filed with the Noble View Committee for all injuries no mater how small.
Noble Hospital Directions

Return to Westfield by the way of General Knox Road crossing Northwest Road while staying on Western Avenue, passing by Westfield State College and Stanley Park. At the second intersection with a light (Western Ave. turns into Court Street) the HOSPITAL Emergency Room will be diagonally across the street on the right.

State Police Directions

Follow South Quarter Road back to the intersection of General Knox Road. At the intersection turn left. You will pass Russell Pond on your left (1/2 mile). You will go 1.2 miles to the intersection of Route 23. At the intersection, turn right. Continue to the intersection of Route 20, 1.7 miles from intersection of General Knox Road and turn onto ROUTE 20 WEST. State Police barracks is 2.4 miles on the left.


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Hike Safe - The Hiker Responsibility Code

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 slowest person.
  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 others.

The Ten Essentials

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:

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Rain/wind gear and extra clothing
  4. Extra food and water
  5. Flashlight or headlamp, with extra bulbs and batteries
  6. Waterproof matches/firestarters
  7. First aid kit (including SOAP notes, pencil, gloves, bandaids, moleskin)
  8. Signalling devices: whistle, signal mirror, cell phone
  9. Rain/wind jacket and pants
  10. Pocket knife/multipurpose tool
Other items to consider bringing:
  • Sunglasses
  • Water filter/purification tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • 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
© Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved. The Appalachian Mountain Club • Noble View Outdoor Center • 635 South Quarter Road, Russell, Massachusetts 01071 :: Updated 6.10.16