First responders battling against excessive summer heat

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Avery Lake

This summer has been relentless, as yet another heat wave boils the South this week.

Worldwide, we’ve already seen the three hottest days ever recorded on Earth and 2023 is on track to be the hottest year on record.

These extra-high temperatures have firefighters and other first responders taking special precautions.

Northport Fire Rescue Capt. Roger Potter said he had his crew prepare days in advance to get acclimated to the heat so they can do their jobs accurately.

“We try to prepare for the weather a couple of days before we come on shift,” said Potter. “Drinking plenty of fluids. As far as actually getting out and doing the work, we still have to get out and do our jobs. We just try to remind everybody to keep an eye on their partner.”

Heat-related medical emergencies are common during high temperatures, so remember to stay indoors as much as possible and drink plenty of water.

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