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First responders gearing up for hot July 4th

Austin first responders are preparing for a hot July 4th, while the Austin Symphony is preparing for a show in front of thousands. (Photo: CBS Austin)

Austin first responders are preparing for a hot July 4th, while the Austin Symphony is preparing for a show in front of thousands.

With temperatures in the 90s, and thousands expected to come out to the Austin fireworks show, the Austin Travis County EMS will have mobile command centers out Tuesday. They’ll be at Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin and at Circuit of the Americas.

ATCEMS said it’ll have ambulances, ATVs and motorcycles to take care of the thousands of people at the show. Many people in the crowds will be there for several hours.

"EMS does a fantastic job of staffing these events, these large crowd events and keeping everybody safe,” Austin Fire Department spokesperson Palmer Buck said.

Buck said they’ll be there to help too, especially because 70 percent of their calls are medical.

"We see a lot of medical issues during the heat of the day,” Buck said.

That’s why Buck said everyone should wear sunscreen, hydrate, find shad and “know your limitations.”

He said they’ll also have 30 firetrucks out in neighborhood parades Tuesday morning.

The Austin Symphony said the weather will also affect them as they play for the fireworks show.

"If it's very hot, it can make the instruments go sharp, sometimes the strings will go sharp, the woodwinds. Well it affects everyone in a slightly different way,” musical director Peter Bay said.

Bay said they just make adjustments as needed. On Monday night they made some more adjustments as they had their final rehearsal before the show.

"To have thousands upon thousands there makes it a very special event,” Bay said.

"Even though it's mostly for fun and for everyone's enjoyment we get to feel patriotic and also thank the people who helped us become independent,” he said.

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