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Document ID (ISN)110772
CIS number 10-0417
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Webb H.E., McMinn D.R., Garten R.S., Beckman J.L., Kamimori G.H., Acevedo E.O.
Title Cardiorespiratory responses of firefighters to a computerized fire strategies and tactics drill during physical activity
Bibliographic information May 2010, Vol.41, No.4, p.376-381. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract Firefighters are subjected to a combination of physical and mental challenges in the course of their occupational responsibilities. However, due to the ecological factors involved with firefighting, it makes it extremely difficult to examine physiological and psychological changes that occur as a result of these combined challenges. The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of a computer-based Fire Strategies and Tactics Drill (FSTD) in eliciting psychological and physiological measures of stress in professional firefighters. The study involved 12 healthy firefighters from a metropolitan area of the United States. Participants responded to a medical history questionnaire and exercised under various conditions of oxygen consumption on a cycle ergometer. Findings are discussed. Results suggest that the FSTD provides an effective method for examining the physiological and psychological responses of firefighters in a research laboratory environment.
Descriptors (primary) physical workload; mental workload; oxygen consumption monitoring; fire fighting
Descriptors (secondary) USA; state of health; pulse rate; respiratory function tests; workload assessment; bicycle ergometers; evaluation of technique; description of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Mental workload