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Updated: 7/01/2013 12:10 am
LAS VEGAS(KSNV/MyNews3.com) -- As this excessive heat sticks around those number for heat victims could rise. Emergency responders such as firefighters have to be extra careful too out in this extreme weather.

Sunday we officially peaked at 117. That's really hot for us.

Firefighters are in heavy uniforms and equipment, and then add the additional heat from fire. But they have a plan to keep cool and healthy. Fire can heat things up to 1,000 degrees. But at fire incidents in the valley, rehabs are set up. Think of it as a mobile rest area, specifically for the firefighters to give them a chance to cool down while fighting a fire.

"Every 20 minutes, everyone goes through rehab/recycle, which means they have to take all their gear off; they sit down in seats that sometimes are filled with ice. We have misters that blow cool air on them, we take their blood pressure; we actually hook them up to an EKG and see if their body is being overheated," said Las Vegas Fire and Rescue's Tim Symanski.

This is especially vital during these kind of heat spells.

Meanwhile, when the mercury rises to these dangerous levels, cooling centers open across the valley.

At the Salvation Army, people can get relief with ice cold water and air conditioning. At least 100 people get out of the heat at the location near Owens and Main.

"We’re so thankful to have a place like this to go to come to," said Ron Taylor.  

This place is helping a lot of people in transition, and sometimes heat takes its toll.

"If some of them are overheated because we have had some that have chest pains. We have AMR on our speed dial basically," said Valerie Mitchell, a Salvation Army Attendant.

Instead of swimming, families found ice skating as an alternative to cooling down.

"You come in from the heat. it's nice and cool. You can skate around and watch your kids, have fun and play and listen to music and cool off from the record breaking heat," said mother Susan Gross.

You might want to stay near some ice because the heat isn't going away anytime soon.
For those who need it, there are 15 cooling stations across the valley. 
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