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Does Emotional Labor Increase the Risk of Suicidal Ideation among Firefighters?

Hyun DS, Jeung DY, Kim C, Ryu HY, Chang SJ

PURPOSE: To investigate whether emotional labor is associated with suicidal ideation in Korean firefighters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were obtained from the Firefighter Research: Enhancement of Safety & Health (FRESH) Study,...
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Cohort Profile: Firefighter Research on the Enhancement of Safety and Health (FRESH), a Prospective Cohort Study on Korean Firefighters

Kim YT, Kim WJ, Choi JE, Bae MJ, Jang H, Lee CJ, Lee HJ, Im DJ, Ye BS, Kim MJ, Jeong Y, Oh SS, Jung YC, Kang ES, Park S, Lee SK, Park KS, Koh SB, Kim C

Firefighters have a high risk of developing cardiovascular and mental disorders due to their physical and chemical environments. However, in Korea, few studies have been conducted on environmental risk of...
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Pregnancy, childbirth, and puerperium outcomes in female firefighters in Korea

Park J, Ahn YS, Kim MG

BACKGROUND: Female firefighters are exposed to hazardous environmental (chemical and physical) and working (shift work, psychological, and ergonomic factors) conditions that have reported or are suspected of adverse effects on...
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Descriptive analysis of prevalence and medical expenses of cancer, cardio-cerebrovascular disease, psychiatric disease, and musculoskeletal disease in Korean firefighters

Min J, Kim Y, Kim HS, Han J, Kim I, Song J, Koh SB, Jang TW

BACKGROUND: Firefighters are exposed to many dangerous working conditions. Many studies have identified the risk of disease for firefighters, but only a few studies have addressed the medical expenses of...
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Validity assessment of self-reported smoking status in firefighters using the urine cotinine test

Heo HC, Byun YS, Sohn SH, Jo SM, Park SK, Sakong J

BACKGROUND: In firefighters, smoking management is important because they are exposed to various harmful substances in their occupational environment. Accurate surveys of smoking status are essential to control tobacco use....
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Sleep Assessment During Shift Work in Korean Firefighters: A Cross-Sectional Study

Jeong KS, Ahn YS, Jang TW, Lim G, Kim HD, Cho SW, Sim CS

BACKGROUND: This cross-sectional study assessed the sleep quality using the ActiGraph and investigated the relationship between the parameters of sleep assessment and the type of shift work in Korean firefighters. METHODS:...
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Risk Factors for Stress and Depression in Firefighters: Comparison of Individual and Job Related Factors

Lee N, Lee J, Kim J, Jeon K, Sim M

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the individual and job related factors as risk factors for mental health of firefighters. METHODS: The data of 202 fire-fighters was analyzed...
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Factors associated with the Health-related Quality of Life of Firefighters

Yang SK

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the relationships among occupational identity, social support, posttraumatic growth, and health-related quality of life regarding firefighters. METHODS: The study was conducted with...
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Effect of Burnout on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Among Firefighters in Korea: Data From the Firefighter Research on Enhancement of Safety & Health (FRESH)

Kim W, Bae M, Chang SJ, Yoon JH, Jeong DY, Hyun DS, Ryu HY, Park KS, Kim MJ, Kim C

OBJECTIVES: It is well-known that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among firefighters contributes to their job-related stress. However, the relationship between burnout and PTSD in firefighters has rarely been studied. This...
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Emotional labor and job types of male firefighters in Daegu Metropolitan City

Park SK, Heo HC, Sakong J, Jeon MJ

BACKGROUND: Research on the emotional labor of firefighters is actively being carried out, but studies that analyze emotional labor separately by job types, working departments, and other conditions of firefighters...
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The “Warm Zone” Cases: Environmental Monitoring Immediately Outside the Fire Incident Response Arena by Firefighters

Caban-Martinez AJ, Kropa B, Niemczyk N, Moore KJ, Baum J, Solle NS, Sterling D, Kobetz EN

Hazardous work zones (i.e., hot, warm, and cold) are typically established by emergency response teams during hazardous materials (HAZMAT) callsbut less consistently for fire responses to segment personnel and response...
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Factors Affecting Sleep Quality of Firefighters

Oh J, Ko M, Song HR, Hong MH, Kim HS, Kim WJ

OBJECTIVES: Firefighters frequently experience traumatic events, high-tension situations and shift work. Therefore, the prevalence of insomnia of firefighters is higher than one of general population. Not only does the quality...
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A Real Situation Experimental Study on The Thermal Protection Performance of Firefighter Clothes and Gloves

Lee WJ, Kang GH, Jang YS, Kim W, Choi HY, Kim JG, Kim M, Seo K, kim DH, Lee JY, Choi JY

PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the thermal protective function of firefighter clothes and gloves through real scale fire simulations. METHODS: Firstly, the fire simulation by real scale flame was performed...
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Exposure Frequency of Job Related Trauma Types and PTSD Symptoms of Firefighters: The Moderating Effect of Anger Rumination

Jo I, Sung G, Lee K

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at investigating the relationship between exposure frequency of job related trauma types and the PTSD symptoms severity of firefighters, in relation to the moderating effect that...
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Respiratory Responses during Exercise in Self-contained Breathing Apparatus among Firefighters and Nonfirefighters

Hostler D, Pendergast DR

BACKGROUND: Firefighters are required to use self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), which impairs ventilatory mechanics. We hypothesized that firefighters have elevated arterial COâ‚‚ when using SCBA. METHODS: Firefighters and controls performed a...
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An overview of compensated work-related injuries among Korean firefighters from 2010 to 2015

Kim HD, An YS, Kim DH, Jeong KS, Ahn YS

BACKGROUND: Although one in two firefighters in South Korea have experienced work-related injuries, there are few studies which show the overview description on work-related injuries and its analysis regarding such...
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Impact of Health-related Quality of Life in Firefighters: Focused on Posttraumatic Stress, Health-related Work Limitations, and Family Support

Park KS, Ha Y, Seo M, Choi YS, Kim MJ, Jeong Y, Yang S

PURPOSE: The purpose of this descriptive, cross-sectional study was to identify the factors affecting health-related quality of life by examining the relationships among posttraumatic stress, health-related work limitations, and family...
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Psychological Factors Influence the Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Their Effect on Quality of Life among Firefighters in South Korea

Jang SH, Ryu HS, Choi SC, Lee SY

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics of psychological factors that are related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and their effects on the quality of life...
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Frequency of Burns by Body Parts of Firefighters and Hospitalization Rate according to the Type of Protective Clothing

Ha JK, Kang GH, Choi HY, Jang YS, Kim W, Kim JG, Kim DC, Kim M, You KC, Kim D, Yim H

PURPOSE: Fire suits are very important protective equipment for firefighters. In fire scene, radiant heat and warmed water invade into conventional protective clothing gap. The safety of firefighters has long...
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Posttraumatic Growth and Related Factors in Firefighters

Kwak M, Bae J

PURPOSE: The purposes of this study were to investigate the posttraumatic growth, a positive mental and psychological change and related factors experienced by firefighters, in order to prevent PTSD and...
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