Local organization helping firefighters stay cool during high temps

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A local organization is hoping to help fire departments keep firefighters cool and hydrated when things start to heat up.

With temperatures expected to reach the 90’s this week, firefighters can often find themselves battling the flames and the high heat.

“You got to think that they’re wearing 50 to 75 pounds of equipment and the gear that they wear is not very breathable,” said Nick Magoteaux, Founder of Brothers Helping Brothers, a organization aimed at helping fire departments across the Miami Valley.

The high temperatures combined with all of the gear can increase the risk to firefighters.

Over the weekend, a firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion while battling flames at this apartment complex in Washington Township.

“These guys get drained really quick,” said Capt. Joel Holbrook with the Washington Township Fire Department. “It zaps their energy. They get dehydrated.”

To help those who protect us, a Miami Valley organization is hoping to get these firefighters the hydration they need to keep battling the flames.

Brothers Helping Brothers, with the help of other organizations like AAA, is collecting bottles of water.

Every donation can go a long way to help smaller departments which may be strapped for cash.

“A lot of our volunteer fire departments have a budget of a couple thousand dollars and that’s all they have,” said Magoteaux. “It’s important that we try to support those communities.”

It can be support firefighters need to keep putting out the flames.

“You’re going to come out of the fire. You’re going to have to take a break,’ said Magoteaux. “You’re going to have to cool down, drink some water, and make sure that you’re properly hydrated so you can go back in and do the tasks that are assigned.”

There are several locations people can drop off packages of bottled water or Gatorade.

People who would like to help can take donations to:

  • Bethel Township Fire Department (Miami County) – 8735 South Second Street, Tipp City, Ohio 45371
  • Coldwell Banker Heritage – 19 S. Weston Rd., Troy, Ohio 45373
  • Downtown Dayton AAA Office – 825 S. Ludlow St., Dayton, Ohio 45402
  • North Dayton AAA Office – 6580 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio 45415
  • South Dayton AAA Office – 14 W. Whipp Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45459
  • Huber Heights AAA Office – 8381 Old Troy Pk., Huber Heights, Ohio 45425
  • Troy AAA Office – 1041 S. Dorset Rd., Troy, Ohio 45373
  • Piqua AAA Office – 115 E. High St., Piqua, Ohio 45356
  • Springfield AAA Office – 755 N. Bechtle Ave., Springfield, Ohio 45504
  • Beavercreek AAA Office – 2372 Lakeview Dr., Suite 1A, Beavercreek, Ohio 45431

For more information, you can find more details at the Project: Hero Hydration web page.

The campaign officially ends August 31. Organizers said if the campaign gets a good response, it may keep going.

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