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									                                                 City of Titusville                                                                                                 Issue:

                                                        Newswatch                                                                                                     July

                 “Jorge Martinez”                                                                                        Heat & Sun
                                                                                                                  Fire & Emergency Services
           Honored as Officer of the Year                                                             With summer upon us, more and more people in the Titusville
                                                                                                      area will be enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, sun and heat
                                                                                                      present their share of hazards. To ensure everyone in the commu-
Titusville Police Officer Jorge Martinez acceopted his officer of the year award at the Florida
                                                                                                      nity enjoys a safe summer, the members of Titusville Fire and
Police Chief’s Association Summer Conference on Wednesday, June 30th. The ceromony took
                                                                                                      Emergency Services Department offer the following tips.
place at the Fountainbleau Resort in Miami Beach. Several members of our agency attended as
well to support Officer Martinez in the presitgous award.
                                                                                                      Many people love the heat of summer—the hotter the better—but
                                                                                                      if you are working outdoors, or inside without air-conditioning,
Also taking place at the event, Titusville Police Chief Anthony C. Bollinger was sworn in as a
                                                                                                      too much heat can be deadly. The combination of heat, humid-
board member of the Florida Chief’s Association.
                                                                                                      ity and physical labor can be fatal. The two most serious forms
                                                                                                      of heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion resulting primarily
                                                                                                      from dehydration, and heat stroke, a medical emergency.

                                                                                                      Overheating can cause muscle cramps, chills, nausea and diz-
                                                                                                      ziness, among other symptoms. At its worst, it can lead to heat
                                                                                                      stroke, a medical emergency. Don’t do too much, too soon. After
                                                                                                      long periods of inactivity during the winter the body is not ready
                                                                                                      for strenuous exertion—especially in hot temperatures. Drink
                                                                                                      plenty of water before and during hard or strenuous work in the
                                                                                                      heat. You’ll need to drink more water than your thirst indicates.
                                                                                                      Take frequent small drinks, which are more effective than gulp-
                                                                                                      ing down large amounts at once. When possible, schedule heavy
                                                                                                      work for the cooler hours of the day, such as early morning or
                                                                                                      late evening. Take frequent rests, lower the workload as the heat
                                                                                                      increases. When possible, start with less strenuous work and
                                                                                                      gradually build up the intensity so you can acclimatize your self
                                                                                                      to the heat. Never leave children alone in a car during the sum-
                                                                                                      mer—even for a few minutes with the windows rolled down.

                                                                                                      Protect yourself from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Over ex-
                        Office of the Year Jorge Martinez                                             posure can lead to eye problems, sunburn and even skin cancer.
                                                                                                      Use UV protective sunscreens with a protection factor of at least
TOfficer Jorge Martinez was also recognized this year as the Titusville Police Department’s “Of-      15 or higher whenever you are in the sun for long periods. Even
ficer of the Year”, and Brevard County Chief’s Association “Officer of the Year” - 2009. Titusville   on cloudy days UV rays can get through. Minimize your expo-
competed against large agencies in Florida such as Orlando and Jacksonville in hte large depart-      sure when the sun’s rays are the strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ment category. In 2002, Titusville K-9 Corporal Kevin Hickey was also honored with this presti-       Wear wide-brimmed hats in the sun; baseball caps don’t cover
gous award when he was also chosen from a field of officers across the state as the Police Chief’s    enough of your face and neck. Choose sunglasses that block 99
Association Officer of the Year. For more informaiton on the Association visit:          to 100 percent of UV light. Wraparound glasses are best.Babies
                                                                                                      under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.

                                 Gateway to Nature and space
                                           For more information on city services, contact Community Advocate Jim Thomas
                                                           ph. 321-383-5718,

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