And not one of his buddies had a comb? I’m sorry, but I can’t believe they called in the fire dept on this one. Somebody out there should have had a clue.
It doesn’t even look like the first responders know what to do.
Here you go: carry a comb, and one of those plier-toolman thingies. Use the comb to flick off the cholla joints (away from your buddies and from anyone someone may be walking in the future). Once the main pieces are gone, go after the spines that remain with your pliers or a pair of tweezers.
Go to ER if you need to, or go home and watch the wounds. Cholla spine wounds can get seriously infected.
But DO NOT all stand around LOOKING at the poor sod covered in cholla. Yeesh!