Physiological Considerations for Specific Populations within Firefighting

Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceInvited talk for an academic audience


Online webinar talk series. Talk overview:
The acute physiological consequences of firefighting have been well documented. It is clear that firefighters experience moderate to high levels of physiological strain and are at risk of heat illnesses and cardiovascular
events. However, the majority of research has been conducted on male participants and on operational firefighters. Within the firefighting occupation there are a diverse range of roles and personnel. Fire Service Instructors are individuals who train firefighters and on average experience 13 fire exposures a month, in comparison to firefighters who may experience 1- 2 in the UK. The number of women in Fire and Rescue Services globally is also growing, in the UK 6.4% of operational staff are women and women accounted for 16.6% of new firefighters in 2018/2019. It is important that policy decisions and working practices consider the health and well-being of all staff and therefore understanding the unique characteristics and possible physiological differences between populations within the Fire Service is vital. This talk will highlight some of the latest research associated with Instructors and women in the Fire Service.
Period14 May 2020
Event titleICEE Virtual Seminar Series
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionInternational