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Firefighters at risk as temperatures rise

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Two Tucson firefighters are recovering today after being injured during a house fire Sunday. They were both sent to the hospital. One had suffered burns while the other had signs of heat exhaustion.

"I know one of them had to stay overnight at the hospital but they're both doing good. They're recovered but still a very scary thing for us," Ross Bosworth Tucson Firefighter said.

Firefighters turn out gear can get up to 150 degrees inside which can cause dehydration.

"All of this equipment adds to the heat factor and in addition to that they're working in arduous conditions doing arduous work," Chief John Walka with Rural Metro Fire said.

Walka says Rural Metro Fire has new protocols to prevent his firefighters from getting dehydration.

"We keep a close eye to make sure that they recycle when they need to. Staying hydrated when they need to. Donning off that protective clothing when they need to," Walka said.

He says rotating his crew is key to make sure they refuel properly when battling a fire.

"When temperatures get extremely arduous they have to stay out for awhile we take their vital signs keep them hydrated and even give them food snacks and that will give them the energy to continue to move on," Walka said.

Despite the risk many firefighters we talked to say the reward is worth so much more.

"It's to help people that's the bottom line," Bosworth said.

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