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Scorching heat, crushing physical effort, and heavy gear mean firefighters face a heightened and frequent risk of dehydration and heat-related injuries. We at DripDrop believe dehydration should never impede firefighters’ ability to get the job done or compromise their safety.Shop Now
Why ORS Matters to Firefighters
Active firefighters can lose up to 3.5 liters of sweat per hour.
Firefighters carry an average load of 25kgs of gear and supplies.
Temperatures above 24°C increase the risk of heat illness and wildfires can reach up to 800°C.
Even 2% dehydration impairs physical and cognitive abilities, putting firefighters in peril.
Dehydration is a Safety Hazard
An Orange County Fire Authority study noted, “improper re-hydration can negatively impact performance and decision-making… critical components of the firefighting profession.” At the more extreme end of the risk spectrum, active firefighters face frequent risk of severe Exertional Heat Illness (EHI) which can be life-threatening and require medical attention.
Water Isn’t Enough
Firefighters lose up to a gallon of sweat per hour of active duty. Because firefighters experience substantial electrolyte losses (primarily sodium, but also potassium and magnesium) over prolonged periods of exertion, it’s impossible to rehydrate with water alone. Doctor-developed DripDrop ORS provides medically relevant electrolyte levels that relieve dehydration - fast. And it tastes amazing, which means firefighters will readily gulp it down!
ORS: A Proven Solution
A 2020 study - conducted to evaluate the efficacy of ORS during post-exercise recovery and performance - concluded that DripDrop ORS is significantly more effective than water or sports drinks in rehydrating and retaining fluids after strenuous physical exertion in the heat. Particularly after back-to-back efforts (as is often the case with firefighters).
Science that Serves
Users throughout the joint interagency - which includes Hotshot teams, LACoFD, OCFA, CALFire, NSW, MARSOC, Army Special Forces, and all branches of the US Military - have adopted DripDrop ORS to remedy heat casualties. Efficacy, ease-of-use, portability, and taste make DripDrop ORS ideal for operational use. These frontline users consistently report that DripDrop ORS helps dramatically reduce heat injuries and contributes to optimizing operational readiness.
Reviews From The Field
“Firefighters exert an extraordinary amount of energy responding to wildfires, and dehydration is a very serious threat to their health and safety. We're pleased to partner with DripDrop to provide dehydration relief to our volunteer firefighters so they're able to respond at their best.”
“Love it! I've used DripDrop in the field when I was in the military. Now as a firefighter it's my go-to after a draining call. Nothing else I've tried even compares. I feel like a new man after rehydrating with DripDrop. It really is like getting an IV.”
“DripDrop is awesome! Being a firefighter/paramedic for almost 38 years, I haven’t come across a better product than this. The other drinks I've used after incidents never really gave me relief. DripDrop is great hydration and helps you feel great in a shorter amount of time after an incident.”
Signs of Dehydration that
Threaten the Health and Safety of Firefighters
A drop in blood volume causes your heart to work harder, causing fatigue.
When your blood pressure drops, less blood flow to your head causes dizziness.
Dehydration causes brain cells to shrink, which can impair mental clarity.
Fluid and electrolyte loss can cause muscles to spasm when dehydrated.
HOW IT WORKS
When it comes to dehydration, not all electrolytes are created equal. We've come to think of sodium as bad, but the human body is 60% salt water. Sodium is, in fact, the critical electrolyte for dehydration recovery. It promotes better fluid intake, helps maintain greater fluid volume, and lowers urine output. Problem is, sodium has a tough time getting through the small intestine on its own.
HOW IT WORKS
A Little Glucose
Glucose helps sodium get from the small intestine into the bloodstream through a mechanism called the sodium-glucose cotransport system. While some electrolyte products boast about being sugar-free, without glucose, this natural system simply doesn't work. Instead of adding unnecessary sugar, we include just enough glucose to keep this molecular team running smoothly.
HOW IT WORKS
To be effective, an ORS needs a high concentration of sodium electrolytes and a precise amount of glucose. That’s part of what makes rapid fluid absorption and retention possible. But the more particles in a solution (i.e., higher osmolarity) the slower the absorption. DripDrop ORS uniquely balances these factors for optimal efficacy and speed. Translation: it works, and it works fast.
HOW IT WORKS
It's not easy to make a rehydration solution that works this well taste this good. To improve flavor, many other products skimp on sodium electrolytes and amp up sugar—which greatly diminishes their effectiveness against dehydration. DripDrop ORS works for your body and your tastebuds - a difference rooted in science. It's a powerhouse against dehydration that checks all the boxes.
DripDrop ORS vs Alternatives
Rehydration Requires Sufficient Sodium Electrolytes
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