OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (KFOR) – Oklahoma’s Logan County wildfire is taking a toll on firefighters.
More than 100 firefighters have been re-hydrated or treated for smoke inhalation.
Now Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedics are trying out a brand new tool to help those men and women fighting the fire.
It looks like a normal lawn chair, but the Kore Kooler is the latest gadget to rehab our firefighters.
A plastic bag full of water sits on both arms of the chair and the firefighters simply sit down and immerse their hands and forearms.
“It uses your forearms where there’s lots of blood vessels that are close to the surface. So when you immerse your forearms, it helps to cool that and then the cool blood goes toward your heart and helps to cool the body down,” explains paramedic Richelle Treece.
Sooner Volunteer Department Firefighter Jeff Ware said, “Oh it’s cool. It’s definitely cooling me off.”
Ware pulled a 12 hour day Sunday and was back at it 8:00 a.m. Monday morning.
“It’s hot. It’s intense,” said Ware.
Ware’s normal cool down routine involves dumping water over his head.
He says the Kore Kooler is much better.
“This chair right here, this be perfect. I mean this chair’s doing the trick,” said Ware.
“Firefighters are stubborn. A lot of times they don’t want to sit down and rest. So it’s also a good tool to give them a chance to sit,” said Treece.
A simple idea giving them the recharge they need to get back on the front lines battling those intense flames.
Paramedics say they prefer the firefighters sit in the chair for at least 10 minutes.
They check their vitals before and after and if they still need some help cooling down, they put them in the back of an ambulance and give them an IV.