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Document ID (ISN)74474
CIS number 00-286
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tempel J.
Title Occupational life-time of fire fighters
Original title Lebensarbeitszeit der Feuerwehrleute [in German]
Bibliographic information Gewerkschaft ÷ffentliche Dienste, Transport und Verkehr, Abteilung Feuerwehr, Theodor-Heuss-Strasse 2, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany, Apr. 1998. 57p. Illus. Bibl.ref.
Abstract The average life expectancy of professional fire fighters in Munich in 1997 was 65.4 years, far lower than the average life expectancy of 72.77 years of the male population in Germany in 1996. The causes for the lower life expectancy include continued night work throughout the years of active employment and multiple stress factors, such as the manipulation of heavy equipment, life-threatening duties, being injured at work, witnessing the death of a colleague or a child, understaffing, and increasing medical ambulance duties. Professional fire fighters above age 55 have limited ability to cope with requirements, and those above 60 no longer have the ability. The retirement age should be 55, rather than 61 as planned under current discussions on the extension of working life in Germany.
Descriptors (primary) fire services; night work; retired workers; stress factors; service life; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) fire fighting; neuropsychic stress; psychological effects; shift work; physical workload; Germany
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Respiratory protection