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Document ID (ISN)108001
CIS number 08-473
ISSN - Serial title 0034-8732 - Prevención
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Villa Vicente J.G., López Satué J., Ávila Ordás M.C., Rodríguez Marroyo J., Pernía Cubillo R., García López J., Moreno Romeo S., Marqués Millán R., Mendonça P.R.
Title Heart rate monitoring during forest firefighting work, for the purpose of preventing occupational hazards
Original title Monitorización de la frecuencia cardíaca en las labores de extinción de incendios forestales, para la prevención de riesgos laborales [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 2007, No.181, p.6-26. Illus. 41 ref.
Abstract This study discusses heart rate monitoring as a means of assessing the physical and heat stress among forestry firefighting personnel. It involved 200 forestry firefighters of a region of Spain, who were tested on a treadmill while their and their heart rate and oxygen consumption were measured. A second phase of the study involved the heart rate monitoring during actual firefighting operations for fires of various intensity levels. Based on the findings and on the data concerning the intensity and the time required to extinguish 79 fires that occurred in Spain during 2006, it is concluded that firefighting is a highly energy consuming activity requiring a high level of physical fitness.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; pulse rate; forest fires; Spain
Descriptors (secondary) physical workload; exercise tests; heat load; physical fitness
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Fires
Cardiovascular diseases