Member of the Billings Fire Department talks about safety in extreme heat

  • Source: KULR-TV NBC 8 Billings
  • Published: 07/09/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Monday parts of the Treasure State were under a heat advisory as well as being in fire mode, which means many local fire departments are busy during this year's fire season. Battalion Chief Dan Cottrell for Fire Station 1 in Billings said when the temperatures rise, they will respond to about 40 to 70 calls a day. "There is an uptick in wildland fires, unfortunately, many of those are human caused so just by common sense, no fireworks, no outside fires, things like that...we can greatly reduce the number of wildland fires around this time of year, but also the heat emergencies huge uptick in that. People are recreating on the rims of the river. River and rims rescues, heat-related emergencies all go through the roof this year." He said when heat enters the equation, not only do they face scorching deadly fires, but he must also ensure his crew stays safe and hydrated.


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