Birmingham firefighters chill out with new cooling unit

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - With the heat index above 100 degrees fighting fires can take a physical toll on firefighters and rescue workers. Birmingham Fire and Rescue has a new rehab unit for when crews get overheated on the job.

Firefighters can sit down under the roofed unit, get their blood pressure and temperature checked and cool down with water and fans. The cooling unit is designed to prevent injuries.

Firefighters say it is a far cry from how it used to be.

"They way it used to be we had to sit on the hot ground without a cooling fan," says firefighter Stan McAdams. "And if rescue workers get too overheated while working they can also pack jackets with ice packs to keep them cool."

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