FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The one-two combo of heat and humidity the past few days is enough to put people down for the count.
Many people, from construction workers, to the homeless, to EMT’s have to spend time outside in the heat, risking their health.
For those responding to medical calls, like Daniel O’Shaughnessey with Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, the heat is making it a little harder to do their job.
"It’s been a little bit more difficult. The heat makes everything harder, right? It increases the kind of, discomfort and whatnot, but all-in-all, we’re able to kind of make due," O’Shaughnessey said.
He continued by saying their job becomes more difficult when they have increased their layers of PPE when responding to more risky calls.
Doug Staker says he was recently in the hospital for heat-related illness. He and several of his close companions within the homeless community have to find relief any way they can.
Stacker explained" It’s awful, it’s hot, we’re falling down and the only place cold is the park. There is no availability to stay cool, the park is the only availability. I walk everywhere and it’s extremely hot."
Tuesday's relief came in the form of shade at Promenade Park and a quick burst of afternoon rain.
COVID-19 has made it more difficult for homeless people to find relief.
The Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne is open during the day as a cooling center, but only allow five people at a time to allow for social distancing.
Pastor Donovan Coley with the Rescue Mission said in a statement to FOX 55, "Due to COVID-19, we have had to suspend the use of The Rescue Mission as a cooling shelter to meet the needs of program residents. The sooner we move to our new location, the better it will be to address the issues of cooling and warming shelter needs, among the other gaps in service that currently exist in our community."
For O’Shaughnessey and other first responders, they have A/C in their rigs and get some help from local hospitals.
"Luckily all of the hospitals have hydration states and they have water that are free to our crews," O’Shaughnessey said. "So, whenever the crews drop off a patient, they make sure they go grab a bottle of water and they stay well hydrated."
O'Shaughnessy says they’ve only responded to one heat-related call in the past two weeks, but says the calls will increase if people a lot of people have to go without relief, explaining "When we have a large power outage, that increases the likelihood that we often see heat-related emergencies, especially for the very old."
One final option for relief in the City of Fort Wayne.
Splash pads located at some parks throughout the city should be open during the day if you're looking to cool off.