Hot Jobs: Fighting a blaze gets even harder when temperatures climb

Hot Jobs: Fighting a blaze gets even harder when temperatures climb
Updated: Jun. 19, 2018 at 6:49 PM CDT
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JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - We all try to stay cool when the dog days of summer arrive, but imagine if your job was to go into a burning building a day when feels like temperatures are more than 100 degrees.

"Unfortunately fires do not pick the ideal conditions for our guys to work in," said Jackson Fire Rescue Chief Jason Mouser.

Dealing with heat is something firefighters are used to, but when temperature reach feels like temps of more than a hundred their job gets even more dangerous.

On June 15, six Poplar Bluff firefighters were treated for heat-related illnesses after taking on this blaze.

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Chief Mouser said they try to be proactive instead of reactive when the dog days of summer arrive.

"Staying hydrated is the biggest thing," said Mouser. "We make sure our water coolers are fresh every morning we keep paramedics on standby for medical monitoring as our guys exit the building."

Even for smaller fires, they call for backup.

"We'll call resources in hoping that we don't need them but we'll get those resources in very quickly to keep guys rotated out," said Mouser.

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