The physiological effect of fighting fires includes rapid weight loss and serious overheating, new research into firefighting shows.

The joint study between two Bond University associate professors and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) showed firefighters lose an average of 1.2 kilograms in the first 30 minutes of battling a house fire.

 

The Bond University and QFES are conducting new research into better ways to cool down firefighters who have been engaged in offensive firefighting. They are investigating new methods to see which is more effective in combating the quickly escalating body temperatures and rapid sweat loss.

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