Emergency crews take precautions during heatwave while responding to calls

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WASHINGTON -- A heat advisory was issued for the Washington, DC metro area, Friday, and temperatures are expected to continue to climb Monday, into the work-week.


With temperatures creeping into the triple digits, officials said they are considering this a heat emergency.


“Usually general weakness, sometimes nausea, vomiting, are the signs you want to watch for,” explained Assistant Chief C.H. Hunt, with Prince George’s Fire Department.


“The worst time is when you stop sweating that’s when you are going in to heat exhaustion and it’s a very very serious thing,” Hunt finished.


We caught up Hunt while his crews were working a house fire in Temple Hills.  He said the family made it out safely, but one of their dogs died in the fire, and three fire fighters suffered minor injuries.


Assistant Fire Chief Hunt was rotating fire fighters every fifteen minutes to keep them from suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.


“If you think of firefighting as going and putting on your heaviest winter out fits, and then running around in this heat with an added 50 pounds on your back, you have the need to rotate and rehabilitate very quickly,” said Hunt.


DC Fire and EMS and crews told DCW50, in a three-hour window, on average they responded to about 21 heat related calls.


They were reminding everyone to stay hydrated and stay indoors if possible.  For more information on pool hours, cooling centers and heat exhaustion visit this website: http://dc.gov/page/heat-emergency-information