By Wes Houx, Weekend Meteorologist/ Video Journalist - email
The recent extreme heat wave affects everyone and the emergency personnel that take care of us in times of need are no exception. Wes Houx explains how this weather has impacted local paramedics. Paramedic Jennifer pierce has seen an increase in emergency calls she says the recent extreme heat has played a major role. With the increased call volume of heat related issues the paramedics are concerned with taking care of their own.
Paramedic Justin Cloud says with this heat some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion are hot flush skin, reduced sweating, vomiting and sometimes an altered level of consciousness. To avoid being in this situation cloud recommends. Typically a heat wave is described as 3 or more days with daytime highs above 90 degrees. And here we are on day 9 already making this some of the hottest weather we have experienced in years.