LOS ANGELES - A tequila-toting tree trimmer who was stuck for nearly two hours in a large Eucalyptus tree on a hillside behind a home in Brentwood was safe today, thanks to firefighters who used ladders, ropes and harnesses to get him down.

The tree trimmer's plight was reported at 5:40 p.m. Monday at 11808 W. Kearsarge St., two blocks south of Sunset Boulevard, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The man was freed by 27 firefighters who used 35-foot ladders and ropes and harnesses, Scott said. The rescue proved difficult because of the challenge of putting ladders up on the hillside, he said.

The worker had a half-full bottle of tequila on him when he was rescued, a fire department official told reporters at the scene. The rescued man was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.