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LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. - The Logan County blaze is taking a toll on our firefighters.

More than 100 firefighters have had to be rehydrated or treated for smoke inhalation.

EMSA paramedics tried out a brand new tool Monday to help those men and women fighting the fire.

It looks like a normal lawn chair but the Kore Kooler is the latest gadget to rehab our firefighters.

EMSA paramedic, Richelle Treece said, "The first firefighter we sat in the chair thought that the water was to cool his drinks and put his Gatorade in the water."

A plastic bag full of water sits on both arms of the chair and the firefighters simply sit down and immerse their hands and forearms.

"It uses your forearms where there's lots of blood vessels that are close to the surface. So when you immerse your forearms, it helps to cool that and then the cool blood goes toward your heart and helps to cool the body down," said Treece.

Sooner Volunteer Department Firefighter Jeff Ware said, "Oh it's cool. It's definitely cooling me off."

Ware pulled a 12 hour day Sunday and was back at it 8:00 a.m. Monday morning.

"It's hot. It's intense," said Ware.

Ware's normal cool down routine involves dumping water over his head.

He says the Kore Kooler is much better.

"This chair right here, this be perfect. I mean this chair's doing the trick," said Ware.

"Firefighters are stubborn. A lot of times they don't want to sit down and rest. So it's also a good tool to give them a chance to sit," said Treece.

A simple idea giving them the recharge they need to get back on the front lines battling those intense flames.

Paramedics say they prefer the firefighters sit in the chair for at least 10 minutes.

They check their vitals before and after and if they still need some help cooling down, they put them in the back of an ambulance and give them an iv.