Kentucky department puts coolers on fire trucks

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Associated Press

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

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 (http://bit.ly/W36W11 ) the department plans to install more refrigerators on other trucks in the near future.

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.

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

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

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