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Tulsa Fire Department using rehab trailer during high heat

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 19:21:47-04

TULSA -- Nearly every day this week, the heat index has been over 100 degrees. Tulsa Fire Department is using a rehab trailer to ensure their firefighters stay hydrated while they help others in the heat.

"I feel for them, I can’t imagine having all that armor on, I’m always in shorts and a shirt and they have all that protective wear on," said Channing Harris, Tulsa resident.

Not only are our first responders working near intense flames, but they're carrying about 50 pounds of equipment.

"It’s almost like a giant oven mitt, if you imagine you put your hand in an oven mitt and went outside for four hours it would probably be soaking through," said Andrew Little, Public Information Officer for the Tulsa Fire Department.

The Tulsa Fire Department rolled out a rehab trailer back in June, equipped with sports drinks, water, and misting fans.

"It just allows you to lower the body temperature of these firefighters and keep them from having to be potentially transported to the hospital," said Little.

One of the most important ways to prevent heat exhaustion is staying hydrated.

"Something we always ask firefighters do before their shift is hydrate, make sure they’re drinking water the night before. If you’re thirsty, it’s too late you’re already dehydrated," said Little.

The rehab trailer is in service 24/7 and comes to every fire call, which keeps firefighters alert and cool so they can keep you safe.

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