First responders already busy with heat-related calls - Tucson News Now

First responders already busy with heat-related calls

(Source: Rural Metro Fire Southern Arizona) (Source: Rural Metro Fire Southern Arizona)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As Tucson gears up for another warm week in the 90s, first responders are already busy with heat-related calls. 

A group of hikers were rescued Saturday after they became stranded in Catalina State Park. 

[READ: Rescue crews help stranded hikers to safety in Oro Valley]

The same day, crews rescued a hiker who fell in Sabino Canyon. 

[READ: Injured hiker airlifted out of Sabino Canyon after fall]

Captain  Andy Skaggs with the Tucson Fire Department said so far this year, they have received eight calls; two of them in March.

He said he expects even more calls as temperature continue to increase.

In order to avoid a trip to the emergency room, firefighters encourage people going outside to take plenty of water.

Skaggs said people often underestimate how it is.

He said just because it isn’t triple digits, doesn’t mean people can’t get dehydrated.

He also reminds people to wear sunscreen, wide brim hats, sunglasses, and breathable clothing.

They should also bring a charged cell phone to call for help if necessary.

He added people should also always let someone know where they plan to be and what time they expect to be back.

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