Question – What occupationally related disorder are wildfire fire fighters at risk for, in part, due to their exposure to heat in conjunction with prolonged intense exercise while working?
Answer- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) points out that “Wildland fire fighting involves exposure to heat and prolonged, intense exertion. These factors increase the risk for rhabdomyolysis. Healthcare providers can prevent debilitating consequences. Be alert to wildland fire fighters reporting rhabdomyolysis signs and symptoms. Have a low threshold to check serial serum creatine phosphokinase (CK) in wildland fire fighters.” (DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2018-132)