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Physiological responses of firefighting students during simulated smoke-diving in the heat.
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PMID:  8498358     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
While wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus and fire-protective clothing, 35 healthy firefighting students aged 19-27 years performed smoke-diving (entry into a smoke-filled room) during a simulated shipboard fire. The mean (+/- SD) ambient temperature inside the simulator was 119 +/- 12 degrees C, and the task lasted 17 +/- 4 min. All subjects were fit according to their maximal oxygen consumption, which was 52.4 +/- 5.2 mL/min/kg (4.08 +/- 0.45 l/min). During the smoke-diving the average heart rate was 150 +/- 13 beats/min (79 +/- 6% of maximal heart rate attained in a cycle-ergometer test), and the peak heart rate was 180 +/- 13 beats/min (95 +/- 6% of maximal heart rate). The estimated oxygen consumption was 2.4 +/- 0.5 L/min (60 +/- 12% of maximal oxygen consumption). Neither ability to tolerate stress (as determined by the instructors) nor previous experience in smoke-diving tasks seemed to influence the heart rate or estimated oxygen consumption during experiment. Smoke-diving was physically very demanding even for the young and fit subjects, showing the importance of regular evaluation of the health and physical fitness of every firefighter who has to carry out smoke-diving tasks.
S Lusa; V Louhevaara; J Smolander; M Kivimäki; O Korhonen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American Industrial Hygiene Association journal     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0002-8894     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Ind Hyg Assoc J     Publication Date:  1993 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-06-18     Completed Date:  1993-06-18     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0371160     Medline TA:  Am Ind Hyg Assoc J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  228-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiology, Institute of Occupational Health, Vantaa, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Heart Rate
Hot Temperature
Oxygen Consumption
Physical Exertion / physiology
Protective Clothing
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