Firefighters Battle the Heat

A house fire can burn at several hundred degrees Fahrenheit. To protect themselves from the heat, firefighters wear fire retardant gear from head to toe, but this same gear that keeps them safe from the heat of the fire also doesn't allow their body heat to escape.

When the mercury rises into the 90s or even higher, extra precautions are taken.

"We try to cycle them in and out and try not to overwork them in this kind of weather," said Fire Chief Dennis Hall.

As the extra weight and incredible heat makes their already physically demanding job tougher, firefighters can dehydrate extremely quickly. They require multiple ways of staying hydrated and cool.

Plenty of cool water is the best weapon against oppressive heat. When the hard work is over firefighters are even willing to give up their own water to help a fellow fireman.

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