Firefighter Fatigue In Extreme Heat

9:52 PM, Jun 8, 2011   |    comments
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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- With Wednesday's temperature almost reaching the triple digits, firefighters are taking extra precautions to stay cool.

Fairfax Fire & EMS Battalion Chief Ty Harrington said, "The heat concerns us on a day like this. We start by preparing before we ever get here."

Chief Harrington says firefighters are constantly drinking water and checking their heart rates on extreme heat days, and they get cycled out of fires as soon as their air bottles go empty.

Failure to do so he says will cause exhaustion, and heat stroke, and that could ultimately end in death.

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