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Firefighters take extra precautions in heat

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FAIRFIELD TWP, OH (FOX19) - Two Fairfield Township firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion fighting a blaze at vacant home on Pater Ave Tuesday night -- when they arrived the temperature was nearly 95 degrees.

"We were able to relocate them to our rehab sector to do some active cooling and some re-hydration," said Capt. Jim Coggin of the Fairfield Twp. Fire Department.

It's a reminder for firemen that  staying cool and hydrated is essential on days of excessive heat, even before they're in the field.

"We try to minimize our outdoor activities as much as possible, we move our training inside to hydrate and to be as prepared as possible,"Coggin said.

Fairfield Township firefighters showed Fox19 the nearly 30 pounds of gear that protects them during a fire, add to that a hose and other equipment and they're carrying close to 75 extra pounds.
 
"When it gets wet it gets heavier, and it does have an impact on your body, carrying the extra weight," Coggin said.
 
That's why each fire truck is stocked with ice water before each shift, ready and waiting at moment's notice.
 
"Replenish the electrolytes, and the calories that we've burned," Coggin said.
 
Coggin says the also rotate fire fighters more often when battling a blaze under hot conditions.
 
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