"Sensing disaster": the use of wearable sensor technology to decrease firefighter line-of-duty deaths
Payne, John A
MetadataShow full item record
After more than 30 years of the American fire service averaging over 100 line-of-duty deaths annually, the technology now exists that can reduce the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths of cardiac origin. Despite the creation of programs designed to improve firefighters’ cardiac health and fitness, no reduction has occurred in the number of firefighters suffering fatal cardiac events. While firefighters can suffer heart attacks or cardiac emergencies anywhere, it has been well documented that firefighters working on the fire ground are exposed to significantly increased risk-factors for the development of coronary heart disease, as well as the exacerbation of underlying cardiac problems. As a result, more firefighters experience signs and symptoms of cardiac complications while on the fire ground than anywhere else while on duty. The development of wearable sensor technology now allows for incident commanders or their assigned designees to monitor the real-time physiologic health and wellness of each and every firefighter operating on the fire scene. Through the use of wearable sensor technology, firefighters can not only have their vital signs and EKG monitored, but this technology will also allow for real-time tracking of their location within a structure and their body motion, speed, and direction of travel. The use of wearable sensor technology in the fire service will have a significant impact on improving not only firefighter health and safety, but when fully developed, will improve other aspects of the firefighting profession, such as search and rescue and fire attack.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Do patients hospitalised in high-minority hospitals experience more diversion and poorer outcomes? A retrospective multivariate analysis of Medicare patients in California Shen, Yu-Chu; Hsia, Renee Y (2016);Objective: We investigated the association between crowding as measured by ambulance diversion and differences in access, treatment and outcomes between black and white patients. Design: Retrospective analysis. Setting: ...
Scott, Gerald (2017-04-12);In clinical psychology the term prosthetic environment is used to describe a situation in which a client’s surroundings and interactions are mediated by caregivers to account for psysio/socio/cognitive deficits or differences. ...
Burke, Paul F. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2017-09);This thesis examines detrimental health exposures for firefighters and recommends fire service policy and equipment upgrades designed to slow or eliminate these harmful exposures. Because firefighters are exposed to numerous ...