Fatigue and Recovery
Fire fighters work for long hours in hot weather, wearing protective clothing with limited circulation. Heat builds up and in an attempt to regulate temperature and the sweat rate increases. Sweat rates in fire fighters often exceed their water intake, producing a body water deficit, or state of dehydration. Dehydration has been shown to adversely affect worker productivity, cognition, health, safety and morale.
My research will, for the first time, investigate the effect of hydrating firefighters before, during and after live bushfire fighting shifts.
It will provide scientifically valid fluid consumption strategies for bushfire fighters and could be used to generate operational guidelines for fatigue management to preserve the safety and health of Australian bushfire fighters.
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