HOUSTON – The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association announced that several of their units have recently had no air conditioning during the recent hot temperatures.
A Facebook post by HPFFA stated that HFD Station 47 recently had their frontline engine broken down and has a reserve engine with no air conditioning.
“This means the crew is routinely enduring 100-degree-plus temperatures in the engine cab,” said HPFFA. “This puts firefighters in bunker gear at increased risk of heat exhaustion or illness before, during, and after incidents.”
The organization added that a few weeks following Mayor Sylvester Turner’s comments regarding rebuilding the HFD fleet, the city has not been able to provide a single reserve engine with air conditioning.
“We assume the mayor’s hot-weather cooling station program does not extend to firefighters. Perhaps it should. #HFDjunkyard” wrote HPFFA.
It was reported that crews at Stations 12, 29, 34, 40, 51, 57, 62, 67, 75, 77, and 78 do not have any air conditioning either.
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