Fighting Fires and Summer Heat

The News Crew!Firefighter Suit

There is always a level of respect for firefighters who risk their lives daily to save others. However, sometimes you don’t really realize what they actually do from day to day. At my internship today, among many other tasks, we shot a story at the Toledo Fire Station #25. I quickly learned that this group of courageous men and women are a tight-knit, semi-dysfunctional-in-the-best-way type of family. They work in 24 hour shifts which would be the death of most of us normal people. Now sure I say “us normal peopel” but lets be honest, these men and women are heroes. They were some of the nicest people I have met covering a story so far. While we were in the middle of our interviews the alarm went off and several firefighters rushed to the truck and headed out to the scene.
The most exciting part for me was when they¬†coerced me into trying on all of their gear. Firefighters have to put on six pieces of gear before they even leave the station. Let me tell you, this is not an easy task. The boots are like moon boots but with the opposite super-gravitational sluggish effect. The only way my pants stayed up were the bright red suspenders. The fire retardant head mask will really make you sweat. The jacket and pants are very heavy almost like a giant ski suit. The helmet is the final touch, until they need their face mask at the actual fire that is. These suits can get to more than 100 degrees inside! This makes it difficult to perform in crucial situations. However these firefighters said that they don’t realize how hot they are until after they are done and out of the fire. The rush of adrenaline overpowers the dangerous heat inside the suits. These firefighters know exactly how important it is to stay hydrated since they have seen first hand the effects of sweltering summer heat combined with fighting a fire. They also say that Staying hydrated and being smart about the rising temperatures this summer is something that everyone should take into consideration.

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