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Fighting with fire : how bushfire suppression can impact on fire fighters' health

Aisbett, Brad, Phillips, Matthew, Sargeant, Michael, Gilbert, Barry and Nichols, David 2007, Fighting with fire : how bushfire suppression can impact on fire fighters' health, Australian family physician, vol. 36, no. 12, pp. 994-997.

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Title Fighting with fire : how bushfire suppression can impact on fire fighters' health
Author(s) Aisbett, BradORCID iD for Aisbett, Brad orcid.org/0000-0001-8077-0272
Phillips, Matthew
Sargeant, Michael
Gilbert, Barry
Nichols, David
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 36
Issue number 12
Start page 994
End page 997
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication South Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 0300-8495
Summary Background: Each year bushfire threatens Australia’s rural, forest, and urban-rural areas. Australia’s rural fire fighters work to curtail this threat in hot, smoky conditions, often at risk to their physical health. General practitioners, especially in rural areas, can help preserve the health of fire fighters during the fire season by understanding the stressors they face on the fireground.

Objective: This article outlines how the key fireground stressors of work intensity and duration, heat (from the weather, the fire, and the fire fighter’s own exertion) and smoke impact on the health of fire fighters. Practical advice for GPs treating Australia’s rural fire fighters is also included.

Discussion
: General practitioners can help preserve fire fighters' health during bushfire suppression in a number of ways, including: identifying fire fighters at risk of cardiac distress during physical labour and educating them about the early warning signs; advocating regular exercise; discouraging smoking; and promoting the benefits of maintaining fluid, carbohydrate, and electrolyte levels during a shift.
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021857

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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