Openly accessible

Frequency, intensity and duration of physical tasks performed by Australian rural firefighters during bushfire suppression

Phillips, Matthew, Netto, Kevin, Payne, Warren, Nichols, David, Lord, Cara, Brooksbank, Neil, Onus, Katrina, Jefferies, Sarah and Aisbett, Brad 2011, Frequency, intensity and duration of physical tasks performed by Australian rural firefighters during bushfire suppression, in Proceedings of Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2011 Conference Science Day, Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre, East Melbourne, Vic., pp. 205-213.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
aisbett-frequency-2011.pdf Published version application/pdf 491.49KB 34

Title Frequency, intensity and duration of physical tasks performed by Australian rural firefighters during bushfire suppression
Author(s) Phillips, Matthew
Netto, Kevin
Payne, Warren
Nichols, David
Lord, Cara
Brooksbank, Neil
Onus, Katrina
Jefferies, Sarah
Aisbett, Brad
Conference name The Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre & The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council Conference Science Day (2011 : Sydney, NS.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 1 Sep. 2011
Title of proceedings Proceedings of Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2011 Conference Science Day
Editor(s) Thornton, R. P.
Publication date 2011
Conference series The AFAC & Bushfire CRC Conference Science Day
Start page 205
End page 213
Total pages 9
Publisher Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre
Place of publication East Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Firefighters
Physical tasks
Bushfire
Summary The current study combined, for the first time, video footage of individual firefighters wearing heart rate monitors and personal GPS units to quantify the frequency, duration and intensity of tasks performed by Australian rural fire crews when. suppressing bushfires. Across the four fireground 'shifts', the firefighters performed 34 distinct fireground tasks. Per shift, the task frequency ranged from once (raking fireline in teams, carrying a quick fill pump) to 103 times {lateral repositioning of a 38-mm charged firehose) .. The tasks lasted between 4 ± 2 s (bowling out 3-8-mm firehose) and 461 ± 387 s (raking fireline in teams). The task intensity~ as measured by average heart rate ranged between 97 ± 16 beats·min-1 (55.7 ± 8.7. %HRmax) and 157 ± 15 beats·min-1 (86.2 ± 10.8 %HRmax)· The tasks were performed a speeds that ranged from 0.12 ± 0.08 m·s-1 (manual hose retraction of 38-mm charged firehose) to 0.79 ± 0.40 m·s-1 (carrying a 38-mm coiled hose). Tasks found to be simultaneously frequent, long and intense (or two of these three) are likely to form the basis for job-specific testing of Australian rural firefighters suppressing bushfires.
Notes The science day was the final day of The AFAC & Bushfire CRC annual conference held from 29th August to 1st September 2011
ISBN 9780980675993
Language eng
Field of Research 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio Economic Objective 920505 Occupational Health
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2011, Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043862

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Open Access Collection
Connect to link resolver
 
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.

Versions
Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 99 Abstract Views, 36 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Tue, 27 Mar 2012, 09:53:42 EST by Jane Moschetti

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.