Assessment of Portuguese Firefighters’ Needs: Preliminary Results of a Pilot Study

Anna S.P. Moraes, Miguel A.F. Carvalho, Rachel S. Boldt, Fernando B.N. Ferreira, Linsey Griffin, Susan P. Ashdown

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Abstract

Firefighter’s job tasks require intensive physical work and involve a range of movements in a wide variety of hazardous environments and thermal conditions. It is thus critical that personal protective equipment allows firefighters to perform their duties with minimal limitations and maximum safety. However, many studies have shown concerns regarding turnout gear fit and comfort. This paper presents preliminary results of an in-progress study, for which the main goal is to develop design solutions to Portuguese firefighters’ protective equipment. With the aim of identifying specific needs from this population, a pilot study was conducted in northern Portugal. Data were collected through an online survey and a semi-structured interview, which allowed a deeper understanding of issues encountered. Findings from this pilot study served as a guide to adjust the study and provided insights to recommend an ergonomic redesign of firefighters’ gear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Ergonomics in Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design
EditorsMarcelo M. Soares, Francisco Rebelo
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages721-732
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030202262
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
EventAHFE International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, 2019 - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: Jul 24 2019Jul 28 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume955
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, 2019
CountryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.
Period7/24/197/28/19

Keywords

  • Fit issues
  • Human factors and ergonomics
  • Turnout ensemble

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    Moraes, A. S. P., Carvalho, M. A. F., Boldt, R. S., Ferreira, F. B. N., Griffin, L., & Ashdown, S. P. (2020). Assessment of Portuguese Firefighters’ Needs: Preliminary Results of a Pilot Study. In M. M. Soares, & F. Rebelo (Eds.), Advances in Ergonomics in Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design (pp. 721-732). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 955). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20227-9_69