JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) - When things are burning up outside, it's guys like Andy Lake who have to keep a cool head.
"Absolutely love it," Lake says of firefighting.
But the burden on firefighters gets heavier in the high temperatures and it also weighs on taxpayers.
"You need twice or more the number of people," says New Lebanon Fire Chief George Markus.
Markus says his department was one of about a dozen called to help Jefferson Township put out a house fire Sunday on Snyder Road.
"You probably could have done with half that personnel if we'd have had a difference in our weather," Markus says.
2 NEWS called Jefferson Township's fire chief to ask about the cost of the extra crews needed to fight the fire but have yet to hear back.
Even with the added help and extra breaks, the sweltering conditions still took their toll.
Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.
"It saps your personnel more," Markus says. "Their stamina goes more quickly. They feel the heat, they feel the humidity more."
And their departments feel the challenge of getting crews from other communities to the fire.
"How quickly can you get your personnel to the scene?," Markus asks. "How far away are they coming?"
Because even though the first department will already be there, they'll need others to rotate in so they don't fall victim to the heat.
"As the time goes you just get used to it," Lake says.
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