Most of us are trying to avoid the heat
any way we can, but others can't help but work outside.
When Wausau firefighters head to a
call, heat can be a big problem.
"The heat compounds all the stress on
our bodies and all the work we have to do," said Wausau Fire
Department Lt. Ted Tautges.
That's especially true when
temperatures soar above 90 degrees.
type of weather, by the time we actually start firefighting
operations, our bodies have undergone a lot more stress just from
carrying around the extra gear in the heat," said Tautges.
That extra gear weighs more than
"When it's this hot, we'll adjust
our training to the more didactic training than the physical
training," said Tautges.
Firefighters aren't the only ones
braving the heat.
"On a 70 degree day it's
uncomfortable. On a 95 degree day, it's unbearable," said Wausau
Police Officer Max LaPorte.
LaPorte says on really hot days, it's
all about drinking water and staying as cool as possible.
Police officers aren't the only ones
who need to stay cool when it's this hot outside. K-9 officers also
have ways to stay safe in the heat.
"Just like any other officer, they
need to be able to do their job. If they're too hot or have issues
because of the heat, then they're not able to do their job,"
Police say K-9s like Pluto are given
water regularly and stay in air conditioned cars. If the air conditioner fails,
the back windows roll down automatically.
All these steps are used to help the
people who have to work outside stay a little cooler.
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