What is it about?

This study is about fit problems firewomen have with their turnout coats and pants. Specific challenges include (1) the overall proportions of the turnout coats and pants, (2) length problems, and (3) and how the turnout coats and pants fit around their body (circumference). These fit problems hamper firewomen's ability to move and do their jobs, causing safety concerns.

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Why is it important?

This study helps us understand the specific fit problems on the ability of firewomen to do their challenging work in a safe and stress-free manner. Firewomen’s protective apparel should protect and empower all firewomen. To adequately protect firewomen, manufactures should prioritize the implementation of these findings to improve the safety and mobility that firewomen’s turnout coats and pants offer them.

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This page is a summary of: Understanding firewomen’s fit problems with their coats and pants and its impact on mobility and safety, Work, June 2021, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/wor-213490.
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