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Firefighters talk about keeping cool in hot temps

Lt. Jason Cupps, with Montgomery Fire/Rescue, said the department sees an increase in...
Lt. Jason Cupps, with Montgomery Fire/Rescue, said the department sees an increase in heat-related calls this time of year. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Jul. 5, 2018 at 3:13 PM CDT
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Firefighters are always ready to respond and have methods in place to help treat people who are...
Firefighters are always ready to respond and have methods in place to help treat people who are suffering from overheating. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Lt. Jason Cupps, with Montgomery Fire/Rescue, said the department sees an increase in heat-related calls this time of year.

"With kids out of school and people doing so much physical activity, the heat can drain you," Cupps said. "I'd definitely say we get about four to five calls a week."

He said firefighters are always ready to respond and have methods in place to help treat people who are suffering from overheating.

"From cool pace to getting them out in the shade and hydrated," Cupps said. "We make sure they have water, maybe some sports drinks and, if necessary, an IV to replenish fluids."

However, firefighters themselves can experience extreme heat as well. Not only are they in the same elements as the victims they're treating, they also have to wear layers of equipment that Cupps said can weigh anywhere from 65 to 70 pounds.

Sgt. Cody Johnson said he has to drink tons of water regularly to be prepared for a call and even more to recover once he's finished.

"You can lose four or five pounds quick," Johnson said. "I mean, it's just straight water weight because you're sweating so bad. When you're out there doing the job, you don't think about how hot it is. It hits you after."

Cupps said MFR also provides an air conditioned rehab truck on many response sites to provide firefighters with some relief.

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