Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I Don't Have To Tell You It's Hot Outside

How are you holding up with this heat? It has been rough on everyone it seems. This is true even with police officers and fire personnel. Officers are used to working in all Mother Nature throws at them, but to say this summer has been a challenge might be an understatement. Sometimes the officers get so caught up in helping others that they don’t see the warning signs their own bodies are throwing out.

Within the past few weeks two Overland Park officers have been treated for heat related issues. While many people are coping with the heat by wearing shorts and t-shirts, officers are daily donning their uniforms. Most departments select a dark uniform for their officers. Ours is a dark blue, almost black. In addition to the dark uniform, the officers wear their duty belts and bullet proof vests. If you include the radios they carry and the military style boot most wear, that add a total of about 21 pounds of gear. And in regards to that bullet proof vest, well, let’s just say it doesn’t breathe very well.

I have told the officers to watch out for themselves as much as they are watching out for others during this intense heat. I encourage you to do the same. And look on the bright side, it’s only forecasted to be in the mid 90’s tomorrow and Friday.