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How the Wildland Firefighter Can Balance Thermal Protection with Comfort and Heart Health
Posted by Dominique A.
Dehydration and overheating is a constant concern as a wildland firefighter. Since their environment requires working in stress-induced situations, health concerns have risen. As a result, heart attacks have increased in the US to 88% for firefighters, and a 51% increase in the general public.
Unfortunately, CHANGE IN The environment has become prevalent and wildfire season is lasting a lot longer than it should.
Recent studies are testing the connection between heat stress and dehydration to the cardiovascular system. When not consistently hydrated, physical performance and cognitive functions can be reduced. The results show that maintaining your core temperature during stressful situations is an important component in reducing the risk of heart attacks and dehydration. The key tips to practice after intense stress is hydrating your body, take time to rest, give your body proper nourishment and regular medical evaluations. Having the right equipment and clothing can help to reduce and prevent risk. Click Here to Read More!