McLean, Andrew D. 2011. T&D Snippets—Heat Illness Basics for Wildland Firefighters. 1151 2S06. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center.
Heat Illness Basics for Wildland Firefighters
By Joe Domitrovich and Brian Sharkey
Wildland firefighters are exposed to extreme conditions. Overheating while working in the hot sun can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Symptoms range from dehydration and headache to life-threatening situations, such as organ failure. This tech tip offers information on recognizing and responding to symptoms of heat illness.
Keywords: acclimation, acclimatization, clothing, cramps, fitness, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hydration, medications, safety at work, symptoms, temperature