Sweltering Heat Hard On Tulsa Firefighters

Monday, July 11th 2011, 4:29 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- If we think we have it bad in this heat, firefighters have it even worse.

Because of the heat, they're working in ten minute rotations at fire scene. They told News On 6 after the threat is over, that's when they really feel the heat.

"When it's over and done, you do feel the heat and realize you've been fighting the fire in 90 plus degree weather, high humidity's and with all the gear that we wear, you're keeping all of that heat in,"Tim Smallwood, with the Tulsa Fire Department, said.

"Makes you feel like you're actually working in an oven," he added.

They say the gear makes it feel about 20 to 30 degrees warmer than the actual temperature.