Fresno Firefighters battle extreme heat

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It can be hard to keep cool during triple-digit weather, but it’s even harder for people who have to work outside, like firefighters.

The Fresno Fire Department take extra precautions when fighting flames to keep their crews safe.

“With the increased temperatures everything is just pre-heated,” said Fresno Fire Batallion Chief Devin McGuire.

McGuire says the heat takes a toll on the crew. The big challenge for them is staying hydrated.

“We can lose pounds of water weight, so the challenge for us is not just that initial fire whether it be vegetation or structure fire but it’s the subsequent ones after the fact where our body doesn’t have enough time to rehydrate fast enough to deal with those challenges,” said McGuire.

Their equipment, though needed, also puts them at a disadvantage weighing more than 60 pounds.

“Our chiefs are really good they try to put us somewhere in the shade or we have our CERT team that comes out with ice-cold towels, shade, extra fans, so we have measures in place,” said Firefighter Josh Henry.

The Community Emergency Response Team or CERT, is made up of volunteers who help on scenes by setting up rehab areas to help cool down the crews.

“We are fortunate to have them, they are a huge benefit for us especially on these hotter days,” said McGuire.

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