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Effects of live fire training on recruits

BY D.L. SMITH, Ph.D.; T.S. MANNING, M.S.; AND S.J. PETRUZZELLO, Ph.D. Firefighting is a physically and psychologically demanding profession and a potentially hazardous occupation. During the five-year period from 1995 to 1999, an average of 99 firefighters per year lost their lives in the line of duty.1 The leading cause of death among on-duty firefighters in the United States during the past five years has been heart attack, accounting for 40 percent to 49 percent of the deaths each year.2-6 (1) Firefighting places considerable strain on the cardiovascular system because of the heavy work firefighters perform (including carrying the weight of the personal protective equipment) and therma...

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