Volunteer group helps firefighters beat the heat

A volunteer group is helping firefighters deal with Central Ohio’s blast of heat. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A volunteer group is helping firefighters deal with Central Ohio’s blast of heat.

Box 15 provides rehabilitation to firefighters in extreme weather, cold or hot. Whenever the heat index reaches 95 degrees or above, the group is activated.

Box 15 offers water or Gatorade and a place for firefighters to cool down.

"What we want to try to do is make sure that we're able to get the core temperatures back down,” said Joe O’Brien, president of Box 15.

O’Brien, a former firefighter, explained the work he and other volunteers do is personal.

"We had a group, they were basically part of the Salvation Army, that used to come to the fires we were at and it was a blessing to see these guys come up with a cold bottle of water and this is my way of giving back."

Box 15 relies on help to do their work such as donations and volunteers. People interested in helping can contact the group.

O’Brien said the group will keep an eye on the weather forecast after Monday to see if their services are needed.

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