Physiological strain of firefighters exposed to a live firefighting exercise
The physiological demands of occupations such as live urban or wildland firefighting are an important determinant of occupational safety, and can inform decisions about employee recruitment, screening, and training. To this end, the present study describes the physiological strain which attends live burn exercises in an urban firefighter academy. Fourteen firefighters from the Northern Colorado Fire Consortium Fire Academy participated in this investigation. The firefighter cadets’ clinical characteristics were as follows (mean ± SD): age 28.8 ± 5.7 years; height 1.8 ± 0.1 m; mass 83.8 ± 12.9 ...
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