After a firefighter suffered a heat-related injury responding to a house fire in Weaver Ridge, the Peoria Fire Department is making sure their crews know how to stay cool on the job.
“We’re putting on head-to-toe coverings, throwing a pack on our back, that’s about another 40 pounds or so, and you know, doing physical work outside in the heat, and it doesn’t take much and they really have to be careful,” says Peoria Fire Chief Ed Olehy.
With highs in the 90s and heat indices well into the triple digits, firefighters are making sure to follow proper safety precautions.
“We always have cold water and stuff like that at the fire scene,” says Olehy. “We try to get them out faster and rotate them better to get them out of the hot gear.”
But when all is said and done, their main priority is making sure you are safe.
“They don’t want to come out when they’re still actively fighting that fire, and we don’t want them to, because their main job is making sure you get out safely,” says Olehy.