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Document ID (ISN)63269
CIS number 94-1953
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lusa S., Louhevaara V., Kinnunen K.
Title Are the job demands on physical work capacity equal for young and aging firefighters?
Bibliographic information Jan. 1994, Vol.36, No.1, p.70-74. 16 ref.
Abstract The job demands on physical work capacity and the frequency of the fire fighting and rescue tasks were rated by 156 professional fire fighters (age 22-54 years) who responded to a questionnaire. Smoke-diving requiring the use of personal protective equipment was considered to demand most aerobic power. The clearing of debris with heavy manual tools, and roof work set the highest demands on muscular performance and motor coordination, respectively. During the past five years 83-88% of the respondents had performed these tasks on average four times a year. The rating and frequency of the tasks were not significantly affected by age. In other words, the job demands on physical work capacity remain the same throughout the occupational career of the fire fighters.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; work capacity; physical workload
Descriptors (secondary) Finland; cross-sectional study; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Fires