Comparison of Two Cool Vests on Heat-Strain Reduction While Wearing a Firefighting Ensemble in a Hot/Humid Environment
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Understanding the impact of heat strain on the performance of naval personnel has important application to shipboard fire-suppression activities. Firefighting is associated with heat strain as demonstrated by large increases in skin and core temperatures and near maximal heart rates Duncan et al., 1979 Romet and Frim, 1987 Bennett et al., 1992. These responses can attributed to body heat production caused by wearing 30 to 40 pounds of personnel protection equipment, the physical effort associated with carrying equipment e.g., fire hose, ventilation fans, and the heat gain due to exposure to high ambient temperature and humidity.
- Stress Physiology
- Protective Equipment