Assessing the Cardiovascular and Chemical Risks Faced by Firefighters

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article Evaluates Cardiovascular Strain and Sudden Cardiac Events in Firefighters

December 23, 2019

Firefighters on a roof cutting a hole

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) Director Stephen Kerber and Research Engineer Gavin Horn authored a peer-reviewed journal article along fellow researchers that was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The "Electrocardiographic Responses Following Live-Fire Firefighting Drills" focuses on research results from the Cardiovascular & Chemical Exposure Risks in Modern Firefighting study. 

Active firefighting is often associated with an increased risk of experiencing a sudden cardiac event (SCE). Firefighting-related environmental and physiological factors associated with cardiovascular strain may increase the risk of an SCE for susceptible individuals. This study evaluated electrocardiographic (ECG) changes that may reflect increased SCE risk following simulated live-fire training.

The research for this study was funded by U.S Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency grants. Research was conducted by UL FSRI, IFSI Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Skidmore College.

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