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Wildland Firefighter Health

RxFireSmoke_square.jpegWildland firefighters experience a range of physical and mental health stressors, which scientists acknowledge can lead to short and long-term health effects. Current firefighter health research addresses topics such as smoke exposure, reproductive health, sleep, fitness, and chronic injuries. Firefighters working in hazardous situations can experience trauma, depression, harrassment, and/or substance abuse. The schedule demands of being away from family for long periods and working long shifts under difficult conditions also creates unique challenges. The impacts of these health concerns on individuals, and the greater wildland firefighter profession, are receiving increased attention from government agencies, researchers, health professionals, and the wildland firefighter community.

Many of the resources included in this hot topic were originally identified during a 3-day series of presentations and panel discussions, Wildland Firefighter Health Series: Current Knowledge for Body, Mind, and Well-being. During the series, professionals and agency leaders shared some of the current science, knowledge, and tools available to support wildland firefighter physical and mental health.

Podcasts

Mar 10, 2021 On the line Season 3, Episode 09: Post Traumatic Stress/Growth
Charles G. Palmer, Brent Ruby, Asad Rahman, Deb Silveria
Feb 11, 2021 On the line Season 3, Episode 08b (Bonus): "Firefighters Are Burning Out"
Charles G. Palmer, Brent Ruby, Ali Pattillo
Apr 21, 2020 On the line - Podcast: Survey Says
Patty O’Brien, Duncan Campbell

Publications/Reports

2022 Managing Wildland Fire in a Pandemic
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
2022 Long-term health effects of wildfire exposure: a scoping review
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Emily Grant et al.
2022 Health research priorities for wildland firefighters: a modified Delphi study with stakeholder interviews
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Chelsea A. Pelletier et al.
2022 Deterioration of Lipid Metabolism Despite Fitness Improvements in Wildland Firefighters
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alejandro M. Rosales et al.
2021 Effect of uncompensable heat from the wildland firefighter helmet
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Shae Gurney et al.
2021 Effects of Crew Size on Firefighter Health and Safety
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lori Moore-Merrell et al.
2021 Wildland firefighter exposure to smoke and COVID-19: A new risk on the fire line
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kathleen M. Navarro et al.
2021 Nutrient Intake of Wildland Firefighters During Arduous Wildfire Suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Samantha J. Brooks et al.
2021 Consequences of a future increase in fire: the human health perspective
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Nancy H. F. French et al.
2021 Wildland firefighters’ thermal exposure in relation to suppression tasks
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Belén Carballo-Leyenda et al.
2021 Effect of vented helmets on heat stress during wildland firefighter simulation
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Katherine Christison et al.
2020 Seasonal changes in wildland firefighter fitness and body composition
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Steven E. Gaskill et al.
2020 Optimizing Firefighter Nutrition: Average Glycemic Index of Fireline Meals
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ben McLane
2020 Firefighter neural function and decision-making following rapid heat stress
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Cory J. Coehoorn et al.
2019 Wildland firefighting: adverse influence on indices of metabolic and cardiovascular health
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
R.H. Coker et al.
2019 A systematic review of the health impacts of occupational exposure to wildland fires
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Emily Groot et al.
2019 Descriptive analysis of injuries and illnesses self-reported by wildland firefighters
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Valerie J. Moody et al.
2019 Noise exposures and perceptions of hearing conservation programs among wildland firefighters
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
George A. Broyles et al.
2018 Sleep in wildland firefighters: what do we know and why does it matter?
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Grace E. Vincent et al.
2018 Body Composition Changes of United States Smokejumpers during the 2017 Fire Season
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Callie N. Collins et al.
2018 Metabolic demand of hiking in wildland firefighting
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Joseph A. Sol et al.
2016 Sleep quantity and quality is not compromised during planned burn shifts of less than 12 h
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Grace E. Vincent et al.
2015 Fighting fire and fatigue: sleep quantity and quality during multi-day wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Grace E. Vincent et al.
2014 Work patterns dictate energy demands and thermal strain during wildland firefighting
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John S. Cuddy et al.
2011 Glycogen levels in wildland firefighters during wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John S. Cuddy et al.
2007 Supplemental feedings increase self-selected work output during wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John S. Cuddy et al.
2003 Water turnover and changes in body composition during arduous wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Brent Ruby et al.
2002 Total energy expenditure during arduous wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Brent Ruby et al.

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