Heat an Obstacle for Firefighters

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As temperatures soared into triple digits Friday, sirens roared in Modesto.

Firefighters responded to a burning, vacant home along Hatch Road. Their goal was to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes, and the sweltering heat was not helping.

“We did have high temperatures the humidity inside of the building where the sprinkler system had gone off. It does seem to get very, very uncomfortable,” Ceres Fire Department Captain Jeff Serpa told FOX40.

Firefighters actually say the heat was more of a problem than the actual fire.

“My worst fear is one of my crew going down inside of a fire while engaged in some sort of emergency activity,” Serpa said. “I have to constantly keep an eye on my crew making sure they are not getting over heated and they’re staying hydrated and they are really taking care of themselves.”

Firefighters say hydration doesn’t just begin when they’re thirsty. They make sure their bodies are hydrated and well-conditioned around the clock so they can perform their duties in extreme heat.

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