Firefighters take special care to stay safe in extreme heat

Firefighters are taking special care not to overheat while keeping the community safe during Sunday's extreme heat.

News 12 Staff

Jul 21, 2019, 4:47 PM

Updated 1,773 days ago

Share:

Firefighters are taking special care not to overheat while keeping the community safe during Sunday's extreme heat.
Firefighters at Bridgeport Fire Department Headquarters say the gear they wear makes it even harder to fight fires, totaling up to about 55 pounds.
Nine years ago this week, two firefighters, Mitch Baik and Lt. Steven Valesquez, died while battling flames in the intense heat.
Lt. Michael Raffalo knew both men, and says the extreme weather conditions on July 24, 2010 complicated the fire, showing just how dangerous hot weather can be for firefighters.
That is why firefighters are making sure to stay hydrated and guard against the heat in other important ways.
To offset the extreme physical exertion associated with hauling that much weight around in a fire during a heat-wave, firefighters say they must drink a lot of liquids.
A mass will be held on July 24th at 9 a.m. to commemorate the fallen heroes.
 


More from News 12
0:26
Suspect in deadly shooting at illegal Bridgeport gambling club turns himself in

Suspect in deadly shooting at illegal Bridgeport gambling club turns himself in

2:58
Sunny and pleasant today, showers and non-severe thunderstorms later this evening

Sunny and pleasant today, showers and non-severe thunderstorms later this evening

1:27
Westport woman reflects on Hollywood childhood

Westport woman reflects on Hollywood childhood

0:15
1 injured in Greenwich house fire

1 injured in Greenwich house fire

0:19
Greenwich attorney sentenced to two years in prison for child pornography charges

Greenwich attorney sentenced to two years in prison for child pornography charges

1:32
Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Exclusive Deals – Up to 50% OFF!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Exclusive Deals – Up to 50% OFF!

3:15
‘Will not be tolerated.’ Bridgeport mayor, police chief address 5 shootings over Memorial Day weekend

‘Will not be tolerated.’ Bridgeport mayor, police chief address 5 shootings over Memorial Day weekend

2:00
Law enforcement urges public to stay vigilant as car thefts in Connecticut rise

Law enforcement urges public to stay vigilant as car thefts in Connecticut rise

2:06
‘I could barely walk.’ New law extends sick days to nearly all CT workers

‘I could barely walk.’ New law extends sick days to nearly all CT workers

0:51
School bus camera legislation aims to protect Bridgeport students

School bus camera legislation aims to protect Bridgeport students

1:34
‘Seems like yesterday.’ Bridgeport couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

‘Seems like yesterday.’ Bridgeport couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

1:59
Bridgeport City Councilwoman Eneida Martínez takes on State Rep. Andre Baker in 124th District

Bridgeport City Councilwoman Eneida Martínez takes on State Rep. Andre Baker in 124th District

2:28
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Tammy Nguyen showcases her Easton studio

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Tammy Nguyen showcases her Easton studio

0:17
Norwalk police investigating early morning 2-car crash

Norwalk police investigating early morning 2-car crash

0:33
Speeding tickets, DUIs, and accidents keep state police busy on Memorial Day weekend

Speeding tickets, DUIs, and accidents keep state police busy on Memorial Day weekend

1:29
Sen. Chris Murphy begins annual ‘Walk Across Connecticut’

Sen. Chris Murphy begins annual ‘Walk Across Connecticut’

2:35
Made in Connecticut: Step back in time at The Clockery in Norwalk

Made in Connecticut: Step back in time at The Clockery in Norwalk

Is your dad awesome? Connecticut tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Connecticut tell us why your dad rocks!

0:14
Bridgeport PD: 17-year-old hit by a car at Fairfield Avenue, Clinton Avenue intersection

Bridgeport PD: 17-year-old hit by a car at Fairfield Avenue, Clinton Avenue intersection

0:24
Wilton police: Incident in which girl appeared to be forced into vehicle was not an abduction

Wilton police: Incident in which girl appeared to be forced into vehicle was not an abduction