Recent hot temperatures have caused concerns and made a difficult job even harder for local firefighters. Gravois Chief Ed Hancock says the heat isn’t the only safety factor they have to worry about. He says just getting to the scene of their calls can be hazardous where they don’t have four lane roads and wide shoulders.
The equipment they wear to protect them from heat or injury inhibits the body’s ability to cool, which causes obvious problems in 90+ degree weather.
Some Mid-County firefighters had to deal with heat stress and exhaustion earlier this week when they responded to back-to-back fires in the same afternoon.