See how a busy fire station responds to a coronavirus emergency

ABC News joined Cal Fire Station 71 as they rushed a COVID-19 patient to a hospital that was running out of ICU beds.
2:07 | 07/16/20

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Gutman and, of course, not just Florida. There had been so much hope, the summer heat would slow this down. Not so. Across the sun belt and in California tonight in one county we are with first responders, one hospital with just three icu beds left. The first responders answering these calls, some who haven't seen their own families in days say believe the warnings. Take precautions that this is getting worse. ABC's Kaylee Hartung riding along with them in Riverside county, California, tonight. Reporter: Paramedic bill titov is the first one through the door, armed in ppe, when Cal fire station 71 gets a call. You also, you keep in the mind, in the back of your mind that you have a family that you want to go home to and friends you want to go home to. Reporter: He hasn't seen his family in ten days. His station here in palm desert, California, one of the busiest in the country. In the extreme heat fire captain Pete Tierney says the n95 masks make it even harder to breathe. The guys are getting tired, physically tired and mentally tired. And there's no end in sight? Not as of right now, no. Reporter: Every day there are about a dozen scenes like this. We just pulled up to this elderly care facility where a woman has signs and sips of covid. We accompanied their truck rushing the patient here to Eisenhower hospital. Tonight, there are only three icu beds available. If we exceed capacity, something has to give, and the quality starts to suffer. And that breaking point is close. It is very close. Reporter: And covid unit nurse Shannon aschom says the pace is grueling. They come in faster than we're able to discharge, and unfortunately these patients turn very quickly. Do you think there will be a time where you will have to turn covid patients away? That's what we're desperately trying to avoid. Reporter: And tonight a team of 20 active duty military medical personnel are on its way to help at Eisenhower hospital. They're running out of beds and the staff is strained. They need reinforcements. There was nowhere else to turn. Kaylee Hartung, we thank all of those first responders.

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