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8:14 PM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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Chesterfield, MO (KSDK) - The hot weather is going to keep emergency workers all over the St. Louis metro area busy.

With the heat wave expected to last for another seven to 10 days, paramedics with the Monarch Fire Protection District say they're prepared to take on additional emergency calls. 

Friday was another record breaking day.

"I think it's ridiculous. It's a little too warm for me," said Ann Coleman of St. Peters. So Ann and her family headed to a lake to cool down.

"I think it's going to be along summer if it stays like this," said Coleman. "It is definitely crazy," said Mike Underwood, a paramedic with the Monarch Fire Protection District.

Underwood says he's expecting he'll be busy for the next few days.

"We are anticipating a slight increase in call volume due to the heat. Usually we don't see temperatures like this in June," said Underwood.

NewsChannel5 rode along with Underwood and his co-worker Steve Hahn, but it was a slow day.

"With this being the second day of the forecasted extended heat wave we haven't had too many calls as of yet for heat related emergencies," said Underwood.

They do anticipate more calls as we get into the thick of the heat wave.

Underwood and Hahn say the key to staying safe is staying hydrated. They also recommend staying indoors with air conditioning as much as possible and don't over exert yourself when working out outdoors.

Paramedics don't only offer tips so you can stay safe they also take precautions themselves. For example, they drive around with a cooler filled with ice water everywhere they go.

"I want to make sure that I'm equipped to respond to calls so I'm making sure that I'm staying hydrated, taking care of myself," said Hahn.

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