Sharkey, Brian . 2008. Wildland Firefighter Health & Safety Report: No. 12. 0851 2814P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 12 p.
The featured topic in this issue discusses job-related stress and its influence on the health and performance of members of incident management teams. These teams provide the organization and structure that underlie effective wildland firefighting operations in the United States. The research section includes information on studies done in two fire camps of shift food (small food items intended to be eaten throughout a work shift rather than at one sitting). Another study found that bacteria, molds, and yeasts were growing in firefighters' personal drinking systems, but that these microorganisms could be killed in 4 hours by chlorine dioxide cleaning tablets.
Keywords: bacteria, chlorine dioxide, cleaning, coronary artery disease, exercise, fatalities, fitness, heart attacks, incident management teams, meals, molds, newsletters, research, sack lunches, safety in the workplace, sanitation, shift food, stress, water containers, wfhsr, work capacity, yeasts
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