polo comforter Firefighters fight cold temperatures and frozen gear in local fires
“It will freeze on their gear. It will freeze on their radio’s. If their radio’s are frozen and I get trapped inside of the building, I can’t push my Mayday button. So if I can’t push my Mayday button, I can’t get people to come and help me,” said Norm Loudermilk, Terre Haute arson investigator.
While firefighters are working to save lives, they are risking their own. Especially during the winter.
Their clothes are made to protect them from heat, but not keep them warm in the cold.
“When the firefighters layer clothes underneath in order to stay warm, and then put the firefighter gear on, that causes them to over heat when they’re in a fire,” said Loudermilk.
One firefighter says they depend on each other to keep going and stay warm.
“The quartermaster came out and brought us more gloves, more hoods. We’ve got guys that brought us drinks and water. trying to keep everybody warm. Keep everybody going,” said David Palmer, Terre Haute firefighter.