By Meg Farris, WWL TV:
The New Orleans Fire Department has good news: The 10 firefighters who were treated for smoke inhalation in Sunday’s fire at Le Méridien Hotel are all OK.
But why did so many need medical attention, especially with all their protective breathing gear? And what can you do if you are ever in a fire?
NOFD officials explained that in a high rise, firefighters are going up multiple stair wells with no electricity, in the pitch dark. They are carrying up to 100 pounds of gear and equipment.
The men don’t want to run out of oxygen in their tanks before they find and start fighting the fire, so they wait to attach their masks to the tank when they do reach the fire.
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