Phoenix Firefighters have been experimenting with a device to cool them down when they are working large fires in the summer heat. But now there could be another use for the cooling gloves that could help a little girl.
It is a simple concept of portable cooling for the body. The company initially was helping athletes recover after intense workouts and during games. It is now being used experimentally by Phoenix firefighters.
Can it help an active little girl who has a rare skin disease?
4-year-old Cali Ransom has something in common with Phoenix firefighters, who may become overheated on the job. Her parents are hoping that this device that helps firefighters cool their core temperature can also help their daughter who has a rare disease called Ichthyosis.
"Her symptoms are she has extremely dry skin. The easiest way to describe it is her body produces skin much faster than you or I and then she sheds much more slowly," says mom Donna Ransom.
Which means Cali is itchy all of the time, but that's not the biggest challenge. Because her skin doesn't shed, she can't sweat normally, which causes her to overheat easily.
"The first time you just want to put regular tap water…"
Today Phoenix firefighter Luke Anderson showed Cali and her family how to use the cooling glove in hopes that running cool water over her hand will cool her core temperature as it does for firefighters on scene.
"Tell me when you feel some cold water, when you feel it cold on your hand," says Luke Anderson, Phoenix Fire.
If this works, it would be life changer for this active little girl who often passes on field trips and adventures with friends and other adventures because the overheating risk is too great.
"This is a chance for her enjoy a few of those activities with her friends and put the glove on and bring the core temperature down. Maybe not as long, for two hours outside she might only be able to go out for 15 minutes, but that's something for her and to be able to go out and enjoy time with her friends."
Phoenix Fire say the cooling glove helps them to stop sweating and feel results within 3 to 5 minutes.
The Ransoms will be trying the cooling glove for 60 days to see if it's something that can help make life easier for their daughter.