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EMS and medical response experience increase in service due to extreme heat in Western Oregon

"We've already seen more calls for heat stroke or heat related injuries and so that's fairly common," said Chad Minter, the chief of Coburg Rural Fire District.

Posted: Jun 27, 2021 7:12 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2021 7:13 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. --- The responses for local emergency medical services are skyrocketing as Western Oregon sees some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded.

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"We've already seen more calls for heat stroke or heat related injuries and so that's fairly common," said Chad Minter, the chief of Coburg Rural Fire District.

He also said there is an increase in water rescues during the heat wave. Mike Caven Battallion chief with Eugene Springfield fire said although they have plenty of units to cater to the area, citizens should do their due diligence before dialing 9-1-1.

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"Sometimes people will drive by something and see somebody having a heat emergency, I would recommend before calling 9-1-1 checking on them," Caven said, "That will relieve a little bit of pressure on the system."

He said if you are experiencing a medical emergency, don't hesistate to call the authorities.

Dozens of Eugene residents were seen crowded around the Willamette River to escape the heat. 

"If you don't have AC in your apartment or house or whatever, you kind of got to come to the river to cool off," Eugene resident Peter Logan said.

EMS officials said that entering cold waters in extremely hot temperatures could cause muscle shock and that community members should take precautions.

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