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Title:Firefighter Fatalities and Injuries: The Role of Heat Stress and PPE
Author(s):Firefighter Life Safety Research Center, Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Firefighter life safety
Life safety research
Abstract:More firefighters die in the line of duty from heart attacks than from any other cause. And slips, trips and falls cause a large number of firefighter injuries. While the origins of heart attack and slip, trip and fall may appear unrelated, previous research suggests that heat stress may be a common causal factor in both heart attacks and slips, trips and falls. Research further suggests that one common, critical factor can potentially mitigate both of these injuries and fatalities: modified personal protective equipment (PPE). This report of the "Cardiovascular and Biomechanical Responses to Fire Fighting and PPE" research project provides a review of the known research and new and important findings concerning the interrelationship of cardiovascular function, biomechanics, and the design of personal protective equipment.
Issue Date:2008
Publisher:Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Rights Information:Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-10-23

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