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The stress of fire fighting - implications for long term health outcomes

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posted on 01.01.2012, 00:00 authored by Luana MainLuana Main, Jennifer Kate Raines, Paul Della GattaPaul Della Gatta, Alex Wolkow, Rod SnowRod Snow, Brad AisbettBrad Aisbett
Fire and rescue staff routinely endure significant psychological and environmental stress exposure on the job. While much has been done to improve understanding of the physiological effects of exposure to these conditions, little has been done to quantify the inflammatory stress response that firefighters are exposed to during wildfire suppression. Therefore the aim of the present study was to explore whether firefighters experienced a change in inflammatory markers following one day, and across two days of wildfire suppression tasks. Twelve male fire-fighters participated in two consecutive days of live-fire prescribed burn operations in Ngarkat National Park, South Australia. Typical work tasks included lighting burns, patrolling containment lines, supressing spot fires, and operating vehicles. A number of the inflammatory markers changed significantly across the course of a shift and several presented with an attenuated response across the second day. This finding implies that there was a compounding effect of repeated exposure to these stressors which could have considerable implications for managing fire-fighters health and wellbeing over a multi-day campaign. Further research is required to see which fire ground stressor, or combination of stressors is causing these changes in the inflammatory markers across consecutive work shifts.

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Event

Bushfire CRC & AFAC Conference Research Forum (2012 : Perth, WA)

Pagination

160 - 169

Publisher

Bushfire CRC

Location

Perth, WA

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

28/08/2012

End date

28/08/2012

ISBN-13

9780980675962

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2012, Bushfire CRC

Editor/Contributor(s)

R Thornton, L Wright

Title of proceedings

AFAC & Bushfire CRC Conference Research Forum 2012 : Proceedings of the Bushfire CRC & AFAC Research Forum 2012

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