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

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posted on 01.08.2007, 00:00 authored by Brad AisbettBrad Aisbett, D Nichols
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.

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The Australian journal of emergency management

Volume

22

Issue

3

Pagination

31 - 39

Publisher

Emergency Management Australia

Location

Mt. Macedon, Vic.

ISSN

1324-1540

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2007, Emergency Management Australia

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