Fresno Firefighter at Tuesday, June 3, fire at Bairos Recycling Plant. (Courtesy: Carla Glazebrook)
A group of volunteers called the Community Emergency Response Team or CERT responds to fires to help prevent firefighters from getting heat related illnesses.
"It's a lot of stress on our bodies wearing the equipment that we do we lose a lot of calories we lose a lot of fluids," says Koby Johns, Public Information Officer with Fresno Fire Department.
CERT's program coordinator Carla Glazebrook says they have 400 volunteers on call 24/7 waiting to respond.
"They leave their jobs, they leave their families; they do it day and nights, weekends and holidays," Glazebrook says.
CERT brings with them a truck packed full of supplies. They have snacks, water, Gatorade, misters, cooling chairs, misters; anything they might need to keep firefighters healthy. The volunteers also bring with them a smile.
Fresno Fire says CERT is vital for their operation. Without CERT a team of firefighters would have to step back from firefighting to monitor firefighter health.
"The guys really look forward when they see that cert vehicle show up," Johns says.
Clovis Fire also has a CERT team that works with them.
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