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POSTED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 5:34pm

UPDATED: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 11:09am

We are starting to hit the triple digit heat.

And this time of year, is very dangerous for outside workers.

Try wearing 65 pounds of fire gear or working on top of hot concrete in 100 plus degree weather.

"Once you hit a 100 degrees it's hot out there," said Tyler Fire Marshal Paul Findley  

"We just ask all our crews and subcontractors to look out for one another," said Project Manager for SCI Construction, Andrew Bellefeuille.

Both firefighters and construction workers have to brave through the summer heat.

Findley said they have a rehab type of program for their firefighters.

"That's just an area typically that's set aside designated for them to sit down get some of that gear off cool off get hydrated."

They rotate or their commander will pull them off the line if they are experiencing any sort of heat exhaustion.

"U.S., law enforcement, maybe standing out in the heat for a long period of time in gear of some sort, it's a serious issue that we need to take into account," said Findley. 

And with three layers of protection, it can get pretty toasty in their gear.

"For firefighters they are in this super heated environment that is a structure fire and their removing themselves from it and their walking out into a 100 degree day," said Findley.  

Bellefeuille said they make sure they have a shaded area set up and water available for their workers.

"Keep an eye on the guy next to you because when heat exhaustion happens, you don't even realize it's an issue until its too late," said Bellefeuille.

Bellefeuille also said, during the summer they start earlier in the day and encourage their workers to stay hydrated and take breaks when needed.

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Prior to 1968 the hot jobs were inside.

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