EMS Calls on the Rise During Southside Heat Wave - WSET.com - ABC13

EMS Calls on the Rise During Southside Heat Wave

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 Videojournalist: Angela Fowler

Danville, VA- Heat related illnesses and calls to Emergency personnel on the Southside are higher than normal due to the extreme temperatures.

People tried to find different means to stay cool, like going to Church, the mall or their local movie theatre to get some relief.

Most County Fire Departments are offering cooling centers, and Brosville Fire Chief Chris Keys says they have plenty of Gatorade and water to give out to folks in need, or you can just come in to get cool.

Local emergency personnel has received numerous calls for help. One Medic who just returned from treating a teenager that passed out says things that people can do to help until they arrive.

"Remove that patient from the environment that they are in, try to get them in a home or an neighbors home or in a business a car or anywhere you can get them that's cooler than where they are, start removing their clothes, just down to their underwear or whatever is comfortable, you know try to get them away from people "said Jenifer Hyatt, paramedic lieutenant.

Hyatt also says it's a good idea to make ice packs with zip lock bags and place them around their neck or underneath their arms until help can arrive.

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