Document


Title

Descriptive analysis of injuries and illnesses self-reported by wildland firefighters
Document Type: Journal
Author(s): Valerie J. Moody ; Taylor J. Purchio ; Charles G. Palmer
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • firefighters
  • injuries
  • injury
Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: June 20, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 58087

Description

Wildland firefighters working in remote environments with steep terrain, uneven ground, variable temperatures and fluctuating elevations cultivate injury risk. The purpose of this study was to understand types of injuries and illnesses wildland firefighters (WLFFs) sustain during the fire season. This study was a web-based cross-sectional questionnaire titled Injury surveillance of wildland firefighters. A total of 284 WLFFs responded to the questionnaire, but were not required to answer every question. Quantitative data from the questionnaire were analysed to determine WLFF demographics, types of injuries and illnesses sustained, and the potential influence environmental factors have on injuries sustained. Most WLFFs sustained at least one injury or illness in the past five fire seasons with a majority of those injuries and illnesses occurring on the fireline on rocky mountainside terrain. Nearly half of the 453 injuries and illnesses reported were sprains and strains occurring to the lower back, knee and ankle. Twenty percent of WLFFs reporting injuries felt that their injury or illness was preventable. With most injuries and illnesses occurring on the fireline, the development of a more targeted, job-specific injury and illness prevention program that focuses on the lower extremities is warranted.

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Citation:
Moody, Valerie J.; Purchio, Taylor J.; Palmer, Charles G. 2019. Descriptive analysis of injuries and illnesses self-reported by wildland firefighters. International Journal of Wildland Fire 28(6):412-419.