Extreme heat poses unique danger to firefighters

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials held a press conference Friday warning about the dangers posed by the intense heat that is settling

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials held a press conference Friday warning about the dangers posed by the intense heat that is settling over the city for the next few days.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials held a press conference Friday warning about the dangers posed by the intense heat that is settling over the city for the next few days. (8/12/16)

THE BRONX - Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials held a press conference Friday warning about the dangers posed by the intense heat that is settling over the city for the next few days.

The extreme heat poses a unique danger to firefighters in particular, who must wear heavy gear and carry equipment while battling flames. 

Several firefighters were injured when a fire broke out earlier in the week in Wakefield, including one who suffered from heat stroke. The firefighters are recovering, but the FDNY says they must take precautions like staying hydrated and rotating crews.

"You can only imagine on a day like today putting on the heaviest coat you own, an extra pair of pants, boots, a warm hat, gloves, place yourself in an environment somewhere between a sauna and a steam bath and exert yourself to the highest level," said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

Nigro also said that people shouldn't be using a fire hydrant with a spray cap. He says that can reduce water pressure for them or flood a neighbor's house.

The FDNY installed 200 spray caps on Thursday, and also has them available upon request.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A violent brawl captured on video Thursday night 1 City Island restaurant brawl captured on video
A 21-year-old was critically injured after crashing his 2 21-year-old critically injured in crash on Bronx River Parkway
The victim's family tells News 12 emergency officials 3 VIDEO: Fatal apartment fire on Andrews Avenue
Weekend Travel Advisory, 2/24 to 2/26 4 Weekend Travel Advisory, 2/24 to 2/26
Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence, or BRAG, says 5 Group celebrates 1 year without shootings in target area

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE