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EMTs Battle the Heat, Too

Filed by KOSU News in Local News.
August 4, 2011

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Wednesday marked another day of temperatures topping a hundred, and another day for Oklahomans to figure out ways to stay cool. Even those who take care of people suffering from heat related problems have to figure out how to deal with the dangerous conditions. Emergency Medical Technicians still have to be able to respond to calls, and make sure they don’t end up becoming part of the problem.

“I think you can tolerate the heat…get used to it, I don’t think so. Even the people that’s what they do is work out in the heat, they’re dropping like flies too,” said Michael Authement, Operations Director for ambulance service LifeNet in Stillwater.

One might think it’s easy to sit in climate controlled ambulance, but temperatures can climb quickly in them too.

“Because even though it has a fairly good air conditioning, it’s a big metal box, under the big sun. So it’s kind of almost like a microwave. It gets hot in there too,” said Authement.

To counter the heat, Authement says LifeNet tries to encourage its EMTs to stay physically fit by paying for their gym memberships. But with triple digit heat, Authement says staying hydrated is just as important.

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