Portuguese Firefighters’ Anthropometrics: Pilot Study Results

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

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Ergonomics Conference - ERGONOMICS 2020
EditorsDavor Sumpor, Kristian Jambrošić, Tanja Jurčević Lulić, Diana Milčić, Ivana Salopek Čubrić, Irena Šabarić
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages151-159
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030669362
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event8th International Ergonomics Conference, ERGONOMICS 2020 - Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: Dec 2 2020Dec 5 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1313 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

Conference8th International Ergonomics Conference, ERGONOMICS 2020
Country/TerritoryCroatia
CityZagreb
Period12/2/2012/5/20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
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.

Funding Information:
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.

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

Keywords

  • Anthropometric data
  • Firefighting
  • Ill-fitting
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Turnout gear

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