Personal protective equipment is of paramount importance in aiding and protecting firefighters against hazardous conditions. Personal protective equipment should be compatible to firefighters’ body dimensions. However, the lack of updated anthropometric data for this specific occupational group can lead to ill-fitting equipment, compromising work performance and the level of protection. To understand if Portuguese firefighters’ protective equipment is adjusted to their anthropometrics a study designated as Size FF Portugal is currently underway. A pilot study was conducted in a fire brigade located in the North of Portugal aiming to collect preliminary anthropometric data. Thirty-two male firefighters participated in the pilot study. This paper contrasts some preliminary anthropometric data of Portuguese firefighters with an anthropometric database of U.S. firefighters. The results show statistically significant differences between the stature and weight of Portuguese and U.S. firefighters. Conversely, crotch height and calf circumference measurements were not statistically different when comparing firefighters of both countries. Final considerations regarding the study limitations are presented.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 8th International Ergonomics Conference - ERGONOMICS 2020|
|Editors||Davor Sumpor, Kristian Jambrošić, Tanja Jurčević Lulić, Diana Milčić, Ivana Salopek Čubrić, Irena Šabarić|
|Publisher||Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - 2021|
|Event||8th International Ergonomics Conference, ERGONOMICS 2020 - Zagreb, Croatia|
Duration: Dec 2 2020 → Dec 5 2020
|Name||Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing|
|Conference||8th International Ergonomics Conference, ERGONOMICS 2020|
|Period||12/2/20 → 12/5/20|
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Acknowledgements We would like to acknowledge the 2C2T-Centre for Textile Science and Technology of the University of Minho. This work is financed by FEDER funds through the Competitive Factors Operational Program (COMPETE) POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007136, by national funds through the FCT-Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology under the project UID/CTM/000264, by Fundo de Apoio às Vítimas dos Incêndios de Pedrógão, and by ICC/Lavoro.
We would like to acknowledge the 2C2T-Centre for Textile Science and Technology of the University of Minho. This work is financed by FEDER funds through the Competitive Factors Operational Program (COMPETE) POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007136, by national funds through the FCT-Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology under the project UID/CTM/000264, by Fundo de Apoio ?s V?timas dos Inc?ndios de Pedr?g?o, and by ICC/Lavoro.
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- Anthropometric data
- Personal protective equipment
- Turnout gear