FSU Research: Male and female firefighters have different problems with protective suits

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 11:30 in Health & Medicine

When female firefighters put on the protective suits they need for their work, they're often using gear that has been designed for a male body.Because of that mismatch, the suits don't fit as well as they should, and their mobility is impaired. Firefighters working in gear that restricts their movement must work harder to move around in a stressful and physically demanding environment, which puts them at greater risk of overexertion and heart attacks, the leading cause of on-duty deaths.

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