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Citation

Pelot RP, Dwyer JW, Deakin JM, McCabe JF. Appl. Ergon. 1999; 30(2): 137-146.

Affiliation

Department of Industrial Engineering, DalTech, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1999, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

10098806

Abstract

This study investigated the physiological responses and performances for 20 fire fighters when completing simulated forcible entry tests. The purpose was to establish the validity of using a tire striking test and to examine the effects of varying the test parameters. The tests consisted of striking a reinforced structure and a weighted truck tire on a plywood covered table with either a 4.54 or a 5.60 kg sledge hammer. The results indicate that the simulated forcible entry tests are short in duration (range = 8.0-17.6 s), but are also physically demanding in terms of cardiovascular response (range = 86.5-97.2 for a percentage of heart rate reserve). The differences in striking a reinforced structure versus hitting a tire were insignificant according to most of the measures taken. The parameters for the simulated forcible entry test that were determined to be most appropriate were to move the tire 30 cm and use the 4.54 kg sledge hammer.


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