Firefighter Safety: Preparing for the Weather: Summer

By Tom Warren One of the most overlooked elements that affect firefighting operations and the health of firefighters themselves is the weather conditions we operate in. During my career I have operated at fires and other emergencies in extreme heat, high humidity, extreme cold, and icy conditions; during hurricanes, heavy rains, and flood conditions; in extremely windy conditions, thunder/lightning storms and on beautiful sunny days. My experiences are by far not uncommon to what most firefighters operate in as well. Our working environment is not at all similar to the creature comforts most people enjoy in their workplaces. We all know that when the call comes in we will respond and do w...

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