Red Cross watches for overheating at Neyland

(WBIR-University of Tennessee) with more than 80,000 fans in Neyland Stadium this Saturday for the second Tennessee game of the season, there was another group of people that was in the stands -- for another reason.

"We typically take the heat and the weather seriously. At the beginning of the season, it is hot, it's very humid for most of the games," said John Whitton, the supervisor of the American Red Cross' FAST team.

FAST means 'First Aid Station Team."

More than 20 mobile groups of people were used in this week's UT match, as temperatures were expected to get reach past 80 degrees.

Whitton said this is common for these kinds of ailments to take place early in the season.

"We will increase our staffing numbers usually at the beginning of the season, to accommodate not only the crowds, but the also additional calls at due to patients inundated from heat stress," Whitton added.

Last week during the season opener against Austin Peay, 61 people were treated for various ailments -- many involving the heat.

However, the overheating was not as bad this week during the start of the game.

"This is a good day so far," said FAST member Mark Walker. He toured through most of Neyland Saturday.

"It goes from early in the season like this, to where potentially snow storms or whatever. It''s an interesting experience," Walker added.

Between 50 to 80 people take part weekly in the Red Cross' Neyland efforts. All of them work on a volunteer basis.


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