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Staying Cool

Discussion in 'HEMS and Air Medical Transport' started by VFlutter, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. VFlutter

    VFlutter Flight Nurse

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    It is a lovely humid 100 degree day today. Aside from the basics of staying hydrated and such does anyone have any tips/tricks to staying cool in the summer heat?

    For me a good headband is a must to keep the sweat out of my eyes. I like "Junk" brand. Great material, cool designs, and thin enough fit under under my helmet with the Oregon Aero Zetaliner.

    It is always a risk vs reward with undershirts trying to find something that keeps you cool but won't melt to your skin in a fire. Currently wearing Under Armour Charged Cotton which are pretty good.

    I have a cooling towel but really haven't used it much. Always seem to forget about it.
     
  2. VentMonkey

    VentMonkey Es La Verdad Premium Member

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    I just stick a water in the freezer at the start of each shift, put it in my helmet/ ball cap and let the ice melt throughout the call; drink as needed.

    In-flight I like to put my arms up to A/C vents and allow the air conditioning to trickle down my shirt/ sleeves. I do the same by leaning forward, and allowing the cool air to run down the back of my neck.

    Our water delivery service doles out electrolyte freezer pops which is also helpful. Other than that I simply wear a skullcap underneath my hat, nothing more; no fancy breathable undergarments.
     
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  3. NysEms2117

    NysEms2117 Parole officer/EMT

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    Idk if you guys can fit this under your gear but for warrants in the summer with all my gear on i have something called "the absorber". I tuck it into my undershirt after letting it cool in the fridge/freezer. It starts by cooling you. Then it does what its name says and absorbs the sweat.
    I know its synthetic, but it doesn't aggravate my skin.
    https://www.amazon.com/Absorber-Synthetic-Drying-Chamois-Natural/dp/B0000AY69V
     
  4. Summit

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  5. EpiEMS

    EpiEMS Forum Deputy Chief

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    Have you tried any of the flame resistant Cordura products? I have one that I really like.
     
  6. CANMAN

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    Attempted to wear an ice cooling vest my second year flying and sold it to some other joker about a week after I bought it. It was good, but bulky, and leaked/sweated so in turn you were just as soaked as just sweating. It was a very expensive vest as well that promised not to have those issues.

    I also wear under amour charged cotton shirts and typically just wear that and boxer's under my flight suit year round and change out halfway through the shift during the summer. I am also full-time nights by choice so that has certainly helped at my new program vs. when I was working 24's during the summer last year. Used to work with a pilot who would take a short section of vent tubing and run it from the circular vent in the front and down the back of his neck/flight suit and claimed that worked very well. I just tough it out. Our normal "long flight" is an hour, and flying in high heat vs. turnout gear and working house fire during the same day anytime...
     
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  7. TransportJockey

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    I guess I lucked out flying fixed wing. By the time we got to altitude and got halfway to our destination, I was anxious to get back down into the heat.
     
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  8. RocketMedic

    RocketMedic Just Like Otters!

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    The whole "clothes might melt to you" sounds really unpleasant
     
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  9. VentMonkey

    VentMonkey Es La Verdad Premium Member

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    HEMS rule number 1- don't die.

    HEMS rule number 2- ref. Fight Club rule #1.
     
  10. CWATT

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  12. CWATT

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    Accidentally sent the Canadian link. Here's the US link:

    http://www.icebreaker.com/en/web-sp...ewe/103608_WS.html?dwvar_103608__WS_color=401

    I'll also note, they make the same shirt in a 150g/m2 weight which is more like your 'standard' cotton t-shirt weight if the Cool Lite is too thin for you or you're wearing it under your bunker gear and want some more abrasion resistance. US link here (also on-sale): http://www.icebreaker.com/en/mens-l...ewe/100898_WS.html?dwvar_100898__WS_color=009
     
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  13. VFlutter

    VFlutter Flight Nurse

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    There is a local company, First Spear, that has an awesome line of Merino wool products I've been wanting to try.
     
  14. Summit

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    If you are with an EMS agency, you can apply here:

    http://www.promotive.com/fireandrescue

    Many discounts, including icebreaker.
     
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  15. CWATT

    CWATT Forum Lieutenant

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    Icebreaker UPDATE:

    Just got my shirt in the mail. Looks like it's 13% nylon, 85% merino. Does nylon qualify as an FR undershirt???

    Also, it's kind of a 'square' cut. I prefer slim / long t-shirts, but I'll still keep it.
     
  16. JW5974

    JW5974 Forum Ride Along

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    I just deal with the heat and shower after the flight. Of course drinking lots of water is a must as I sweat like a ***** in church.
     

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