But - why do they carry hoods like that around? […] Goggles and blankets or jackets or something would be reasonable. Hoods?
Those are pretty much standard-issue. “Fire-Resistant Balaclava (lightweight knit).”
Pretty typical bit’o’kit for any first responder. (Also much loved by race-car drivers.)
Jackets or blankets? Are they fire-retardant? Won’t accidentally smother the victim?
“Bizarre sensory deprivation stunt”? “Gitmo-style torture hood”?
The OP is really, really reaching for maximun clickbait/outrage.
This is how Fake New happens, kids.