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Fighting fatigue whilst fighting bushfire : an overview of factors contributing to firefighter fatigue during bushfire suppression

Aisbett, Brad and Nichols, David 2007, Fighting fatigue whilst fighting bushfire : an overview of factors contributing to firefighter fatigue during bushfire suppression, The Australian journal of emergency management, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 31-39.

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Title Fighting fatigue whilst fighting bushfire : an overview of factors contributing to firefighter fatigue during bushfire suppression
Author(s) Aisbett, BradORCID iD for Aisbett, Brad orcid.org/0000-0001-8077-0272
Nichols, David
Journal name The Australian journal of emergency management
Volume number 22
Issue number 3
Start page 31
End page 39
Publisher Emergency Management Australia
Place of publication Mt. Macedon, Vic.
Publication date 2007-08
ISSN 1324-1540
Summary Aching muscles and joints, lethargy, and sleepiness are all signs of firefighter fatigue during bushfire suppression. If not managed, fatigue may lead to injury or illness for the individual, which may also compromise the safety and productivity of their crew. Understanding the many sources of firefighter fatigue is, therefore, fundamental for all Australian fire agencies. This article will briefly address  several factors thought to contribute to firefighter fatigue including; sleep loss, firefighter’s work activity, their hydration, and nutrition, the hot and smoky  working environment, firefighter’s physical fitness and their experience. This brief overview draws on findings from firefighting research and the broader scientific literature.
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Emergency Management Australia
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021856

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