Heat exhaustion major concern for firefighters during summer - WKRN News 2

Heat exhaustion major concern for firefighters during summer

Posted: Updated: Jun 19, 2014 06:18 PM
Firefighters say heat exhaustion is common during the summer. Firefighters say heat exhaustion is common during the summer.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -

Heat exhaustion is a major concern for firefighters during the summer months.

The Hendersonville Fire department told News 2 that being overcome by the heat is almost expected.

“I've been transported for heat exhaustion. Fortunately, I haven't had heat stroke yet, but I have been transported and all of our guys have had it at some point and time,” said Hendersonville Fire Captain Randy Porter.

When high temperatures outside combine with the heat from flames, it can become a dangerous situation.

The firefighters' suits weigh between 60 and 65 pounds and can pose an additional risk.

“When we put all of our gear on, especially in the event of a house fire where it's 1,300 plus degrees, we lose a lot of fluids,” explained Porter.

The firefighters have drinking water on hand and they use mist fans to stay cool.

Firefighting departments across Tennessee also keep backup firefighters on standby in case anyone is ever overcome by the heat.

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