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 v.— «Topsfield Fire Chief Ronald Giovannacci said firefighting in the summer requires added safeguards. Regardless of temperature, firefighters go through a process known as “rehab.” After a certain amount of time fighting a fire they are replaced by a fresher firefighter. Then they are re-hydrated and evaluated by paramedics on the scene. In the winter time firefighters are “rehabbed” after 40 minutes. During the summer, rehab takes place after 20 minutes. Extra precautions in the summer include disrobing the resting firefighter and cooling them off as best as possible with misting fans.» —“Too hot or too cold?” by David Rogers Tri-Town Transcript (Norwood, Massachusetts) July 21, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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