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Firefighters are usually the first ones on scene on a medical or heat-related call

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 07:37:23-04

Firefighters are usually the first ones on scene on a medical or heat-related call, then EMSA transports the patient to the hospital.

According to EMSA, there have been more than 30 heat-related calls in Tulsa in the past two weeks.

These first responders say they're well-equipped to beat the heat and save lives.

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Captain Jeff Johnson from Fire Station 27 said they carry ice-packs, thermometers and IV fluids in their fire trucks to treat patients for heat-related illnesses.

They have to prepared around the clock for any calls. 

"Anytime we get a call once it's dispatched, we're getting in the truck and leaving the door in less than a minute," said Captain Johnson.

Then, it takes less than five minutes to arrive on scene.

Captain Johnson reminds people to stay hydrated in this heat and drink a lot of water. Avoid any drinks with caffeine.