LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock Fire and Rescue is excited to welcome two new "Mobile Rehab Units" to help their crews battle extreme temperatures while on the job.
The units will provide an air-conditioned refuge where firefighters can lower their internal body temperature while working an emergency for a prolonged period of time. Inside will be cold drinks, cooling vests, and an EMT to monitor vital signs. Captain Nick Wilson says these will be crucial in preventing heat-related injuries -- the number one culprit for sending their firefighters to the hospital.
"In fact, this past weekend we send one of our firefighters to the hospital from a structure fire here in the city," Wilson says.
Prior to these new units, Lubbock Fire occasionally had to call in Citibus to provide them a vehicle where firefighters could escape the heat.
Wilson says the two new units are currently undergoing training with their crews, and they hope to have them in service within the next month.
Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.