Firefighters' jobs can be more dangerous during soaring temps

PHOENIX - It’s a tough job staying cool during a Phoenix summer.

Especially on days like Wednesday, when a record high temperature was tied.

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But some jobs make it even more difficult, including firefighting.

“We know we’re going to have incidents that test our limits,” Captain Kevin Westfall of the Phoenix Fire Department said after he helped put out a house fire on the city’s north side.

“You’ve got to hydrate all the time, and you can’t stop and do that on the way to a fire,” Westfall said.

In extreme heat, firefighters rotate in and out of scenes quicker, to allow for a chance to recover, Captain Troy Caskey said.

Too much time spent firefighting in temperatures like Wednesday's can be “dangerous,” Caskey said.

No one was hurt at the house fire scene, and firefighters were drinking plenty of sports drinks in the aftermath of the situation.

That's in order to be ready for the next emergency.

“We might get another fire [call] tonight,” Westfall said.


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