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Paramedics Busy with Heat-Related Calls

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Health, Local News, News.
July 14, 2011

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The extreme temperatures are putting a strain on Oklahoma City’s paramedic service.

EMSA issued a heat alert with at least five heat related calls a day back on June 17th and it has yet to be lifted.

Paramedic John Graham says the warning for anyone in the triple digit high temperatures is if you have to go out, be prepared.

“People go out for five minutes and they’re stuck all day. Have provisions in your vehicle: sunscreen, hats, light colored clothing, and of course, lots and lots of clear fluids: water, Gatorade, things like that.”

The 18-year-emergency veteran says this is the longest a heat alert has ever stayed active.

He says even the paramedics he works with are keeping hydrated to avoid collapsing from the heat.

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