Portuguese Firefighters Anthropometrics: A Preliminary Comparison with Portuguese Workers

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

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Personal Protective Equipment protects firefighters against multiple hazards. The fit and comfort of such equipment are directly related to proper sizing systems which in turn depend on accurate anthropometric data. To present design solutions to the equipment used by Portuguese firefighters, a study designated as Size FF Portugal – Anthropometric Study of Firefighters is currently underway. Forty-four firefighters participated in a pilot study conducted in a fire brigade in the North of Portugal. This paper contrasts preliminary anthropometric data of participants with an anthropometric database of Portuguese workers. Results of the Student T-test at 95% confidence level show significant differences between the stature of Portuguese male firefighters and Portuguese male workers. On the contrary, the weight of male firefighters and workers do not present significant differences. In the case of women, differences between workers and firefighters’ weight and stature are not observed. A discussion of the results and final considerations are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Ergonomics in Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2021
EditorsFrancisco Rebelo
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030797591
StatePublished - 2021
EventAHFE International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jul 25 2021Jul 29 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, 2021
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.


  • Anthropometry
  • Ergonomic design
  • Firefighting
  • Fit and size
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Stature
  • Weight


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