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Fire crews take extra precautions in hot, dry weather

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The past three weeks have been dry and sunny, leading to fires popping up around the region. 

Firefighters respond on short notice and work long hours. Sometimes, a firefighter barely has time to catch their breath when battling massive fires, like one recently under the Fremont Bridge

When this happens, the doors to the rehab unit open up.

Lt. Rodney Brown of Portland Fire & Rescue demonstrated protocol when firefighters come out of a fire.

"Your body temp is 98.1 degrees Fahrenheit," he recorded. 
 
Inside a large Portland Fire & Rescue rehab unit truck is everything form water and oxygen to snacks.

"Refilling air bottles if they need it, if there's something else going on as far as medical or if they need water we got lots and lots of water for them," Brown said.
 
He also said ready and willing are two different things, so when his guys tell him they are good to go, he is quick to respond, "No, no you're not, you need to sit down a little bit."
 
Portland Fire & Rescue has two of these units that respond to serious situations. 
 
Firefighters said if you see the large rig on scene, you should know safety is their number one priority for them and for you.

"One of the main reasons we have this is so we can keep our firefighters safe on scene and by doing that we can keep our citizens safe," Brown said.

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