Extended wakefulness and work physiology of wildland firefighters

Grace Vincent investigated firefighters’ sleep quantity and quality during multi-day bushfire suppression. Inadequate sleep increases the likelihood of impaired performance, which can result in higher error and incident rates, impacting both safety and efficiency. 

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Bushfire CRC PhD student Grace Vincent from Deakin University is recruiting 50 firefighters from across Australia to help gather important data on firefighters and sleep during multi-day deployments. This research is important in managing firefighter health and safety, while providing ongoing protection against bushfires.

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