Sedgwick County EMS: A lot more calls during hot weather


KSN did a ride along with a Sedgwick County EMS Captain to see what he tells people at heat related emergencies.

He says from about one in the afternoon to four, can be the most dangerous times for heat exhaustion.

Captain Thomas Bodwell says on hot days like Saturday, it gets busy, as soon as his shift starts.

“A lot more calls, people outside working and enjoying the nice, hot weather,” said Capt. Thomas Bodwell, Sedgwick County EMS.

Like this call for a woman who didn’t drink enough water when she was outside.

“Just drank some soda, one can, and started feeling weak and having some heat cramps,” said Bodwell.

Bodwell says heat exhaustion can sneak up you, and it’s important to know the signs, and call 911 if it’s an emergency.

“Start sweating, quite a bit, and then you start getting light headed and dizzy and you can faint,” said Bodwell.

He says a person experiencing heat exhaustion can also stop sweating and go into a coma if not treated right away. He has advice to avoid these situations.

“Drink plenty of water, have a sports drink, one a day, wear light clothes, sunscreen, a hat,” said Bodwell.

And take sometime away from the sunshine, to have a fun, safe summer.

If you notice someone struggling in the heat, Bodwell says never ignore it, take he or she to a shaded area, give them water and if it’s an emergency, always call 911.

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