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Firefighters train in extreme Las Vegas heat

Firefighters train in extreme Las Vegas heat

By Don Guevara. CREATED Jul 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many people are miserable in these scorching temperatures, but the heat is especially hard on firefighters.

On Tuesday, the Clark County Fire Academy had some cadets outside training in it.

Under normal conditions, fighting a fire would be hard, but add the heat and it makes the drills extremely difficult.

28 recruits were training on different skills such as laddering a roof, laddering a window, using a chainsaw and forcing their way into buildings.

These were drills they've been doing since they started back in March, minus the heat.

"We expect our firefighters and training staff to put on their gear, which wears anywhere from 50 to 75 pounds. It's insulated, it protects them from the heat but it also insulates heat inside their gear," said Thomas Touchstone with CCFD.

Fighting the fires in extreme heat is miserable but necessary.

If you want to be a firefighter in Las Vegas, they said you have to be able to deal with the heat.

Don Guevara

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Don Guevara anchors the weekend evening editions of Action News.