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Firefighters try out new gear

September 06, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia-- Thomasville's Fire Department is testing out some new equipment.

During a training burn on Hopkins Street Tuesday morning, firefighters wore a new type of turn-out gear. It's cooler and lighter than the clothing they currently wear. That helps reduce fatigue and dehydration.

Training Officer Captain Tim Connell says the new gear also helps protect firefighters better than older equipment. "The gear is rated, if I'm not mistaken, about a thousand, twelve hundred degrees, meaning that once you feel the heat, truly feel the heat on your body, you have about six seconds to move before your gear will flash, or catch fire," he says.

The house firefighters burned was uninhabitable. The homeowner paid the city about $600 to torch it so he could save on the demolition costs.

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