- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

BENTON, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky fire department has installed a refrigerator on one of its trucks with the goal of keeping firefighters hydrated.

Palma-Briensburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Todd Devine says the cooler will hold water so firefighters can battle flames while keeping cool.

Devine told WPSD-TV in Paducah (https://bit.ly/W36W11 ) the department plans to install more refrigerators on other trucks in the near future.

“Sometimes it’s the small things that mean the most,” said Devine.

Devine says the heat of summer, when temperatures can reach 100 degrees, and the weight of 35 to 40 pounds of equipment take a toll on the bodies of firefighters. Devine says the water can help drop the body temperature before problems arise.

“All of it has thermal barriers so your body heat doesn’t shed very well,” said Devine. “With the extreme heat we’ve been having this could possibly save a life whether it’s a fireman or someone we are there trying to help.”

The Palma-Briensburg Fire Department covers about 50 square miles in central Marshall County.

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Information from: WPSD-TV, https://www.wpsdlocal6.com


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