Exercise Study for Healthy Adults on Wildland Firefighter Strain
Physiological strain in wildland firefighters walking in three hot environments of equivalent wet bulb globe temperature
The University at Buffalo (UB) Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is looking for healthy adult volunteers to participate in an exercise study. The goal of the study is to look at bodily changes that wildland firefighters experience when working in different hot conditions.
This study will be completed in 4 lab visits (12 hours total) on UB’s South Campus (at Main Street and Bailey Avenue). Participants will walk on a treadmill in different hot temperatures while wearing wildland firefighter gear (jacket, pants, helmet, gloves). The study team will measure heart rate and core body temperature throughout the study. Participants can earn up to $144 for completing all visits.
Wildland firefighters experience hyperthermia and cardiovascular strain while suppressing fires which can lead to unsafe working conditions. It is unknown if work safety recommendations should be adjusted based on the environment the firefighter is working in. Wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) is a composite measure that uses ambient temperature, relative humidity (RH), solar
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Healthy adults 18-39 years old
Exercise regularly (at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise a week or 1.25 hours of vigorous exercise per week)
Not currently using tobacco products or have regularly used in the last 2 years
Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding
Does not have hypertension (high blood pressure) or tachycardia (heart that beats faster than normal, greater than 100 beats per minute)
Does not have any injury to the body
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