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Training held to help firefighters, EMS battle blazes in extreme heat

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The summer months are extremely hard on firefighters who have to battle the high temperatures as well as the blaze, but Wednesday a different kind of training was held for area firefighters to help with that.

The drill is designed to help save firefighters lives after they leave the fire.

"We deal with heat stroke, heat cramps, things of that nature so we just need to be cognizant - one of our environment and two, how our firefighter are holding up in the extreme conditions," said Kansas City, MO, Battalion Chief James Garrett.

With temperatures well over 1,000 degrees, battling a blaze in the summer is hard on the human body, which is why firefighters as well as emergency medical services crews spent the morning training on cooling down.

"It just conditions the firefighter, do they know what to expect on the real thing," said Division Chief Michael Latta with a Kansas City, MO, medical unit.

Training included plenty of water and cooling areas.

"They are going to sweat more, they are just going to burn off more energy trying to fight that fire," Latta said.

Wednesday's training was also about more than just battling the heat. It was about knowing where crews are in a fire and where fellow firefighters are. With the recent events in Arizona and the passing of those firefighters, departments all over the country are training even harder.

"We just have to make sure that we monitor our firefighters all the time," Garrett said.

"It's pretty hot, real smoky, you can't see anything, you can barely see the hand in front of your face," said firefighter Steve Ragusa.

While a burning building is not where the participants probably want to be, the exercises will help them better battle the heat inside and outside.

"Even though it's hot, even though the conditions aren't prime, you are working together as a team and that's important," Latta said.

Both Kansas City and Raytown, MO, firefighters participated in the training. The course continues for more firefighters on Thursday.

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