Fighting The Heat At Every Call

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

Just after 4 o'clock Sunday and the Omaha Fire Department is called to this home on Jackson Street.

“It's too hot to be out here,” neighbor Ardith Williams said.

Williams stood across the street, with her dog Dolly at her feet, watching as crews stopped the fire and investigated the cause.

“I feel so sorry for every one of them. I don't know how they survive with all the heat and they do a wonderful job,” Williams said.

But firefighters know extreme conditions are a part of the job.

“Obviously it's a hot day, especially when we're going inside here. Everybody else has got their gear on. It just adds to all the heat and compacts it,” Omaha Fire and Paramedic Nick Charvat said.

But you don't have to be a firefighter to overheat in this weather.

“Make sure that you're getting a lot of fluid, eating regularly, getting a lot of electrolytes in,” Charvat said.

He also recommends taking a break from the heat even the professionals follow that advice.

“We make sure we keep guys on constant rotation and have water available to us,” Charvat said.

In the meantime, neighbors like Williams have a different plan.

“Stay inside with the air conditioning. It's just too hot for anybody to be out,” Williams said.

The cause of that fire is under investigation but it's the second time crews were called to the home in 48 hours.

Experts say if you're outside in this heat it's important to stay hydrated.


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