Hastings Fire and Rescue stays cool amidst high heat

Hastings Fire and Rescue is making sure their firefighters and paramedics are ready for the high heat.
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 9:35 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings Fire and Rescue is making sure their firefighters and paramedics are ready for the high heat.

According to Hastings Fire and Rescue Captain Jason Vorderstrasse, all the gear a firefighter has to wear for safety purposes can certainly crank up the heat. Their priority as a department is to stay hydrated on and off the clock.

They also have vests available that can help them stay cool in their gear. But, Vorderstrasse says they’re also being smart about how they stay in shape.

“During the shift we’ll conduct training every shift, so any training that we’re going to do that is strenuous or we have to do outside, we try to do that early in the morning when it’s a little bit cooler,” Vorderstrasse said. “Then in the afternoons we’ll try to stay inside, stay cool cause we may get called out and have to throw on our bunker gear and things where it gets very hot so we just try to stay cool, as cool as we can before we have to go out and handle calls.”

Vorderstrasse said the cooling vest can relieve some of the stress and allows them to fight fires.

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