Title

Impact of Size of Fire boot and SCBA Cylinder on Firefighters’ Mobility

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2019

Abstract

© 2018 ITAA. The authors conducted biomechanical tests with 21 firefighters and found that there is a significant correlation between boot height and lower body mobility and that using a fixed boot height mandated by National Fire Protection Association 1971 standard decreased lower body ranges of motion during various firefighters’ job-related tasks. Statistical analysis of large anthropometric data also shows a fixed boot height cannot accommodate a wide range of firefighters’ leg length. These findings indicate that shorter firefighters are likely to have limited lower body mobility due to reduced clearance between the knee and top of the boot and thus decreased space causing greater mechanical binding between multiple layers of turnout pants. The authors discovered a greater negative impact of fixed length of self-contained breathing apparatus cylinder on short firefighters on their upper body mobility, evidenced by limited range of motion in neck extension and lumbopelvic flexion while carrying fire gear compared to without any fire gear.

Publication Name

Clothing and Textiles Research Journal

Volume Number

37

First Page

103

Last Page

118

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1177/0887302X18807753

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