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Heat related calls keep first responders busy

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First responders have been helping workers who work outdoors among others, according to Rural/Metro Fire Captain and Public Information Officer Grant Cesarek. First responders have been helping workers who work outdoors among others, according to Rural/Metro Fire Captain and Public Information Officer Grant Cesarek.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Paramedics and emergency workers stayed busy around Southern Arizona Monday helping people who had problems coping with the heat.

Rural/Metro Fire, Tucson Fire Department and Northwest Fire Department all reported having responded to several heat related emergency calls. None have been life threatening.

Emergency calls include hikers becoming overwhelmed by the heat, and first responders have also been helping workers who work outdoors, according to Rural/Metro Fire Captain and Public Information Officer Grant Cesarek.

Workers who spend most of their day outside are especially vulnerable to getting dehydrated and sick from the extreme heat, according to Cesarek.

First responders tell us many of the people they helped Monday often stopped sweating because they were so dehydrated and started to feel sick very quickly.

"It comes on very rapid," Cesarek said. "They have seen some of the precursors to it, 'Yeah I knew I was sweaty, I knew that I was fatigued,' but they didn't pay close attention to it. When we get on scene as paramedics and firefighters and we see somebody who has stopped sweating and they have flushed, red and dry skin, we are very concerned."

Emergency responders say be sure to drink plenty of water and stay inside as much as you can. Also, if you or someone around you feels sick from the sun, get help right away.

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