When looking at last year’s medical data on 3,702 firemen and 181 firewomen, IDEWE found that 64% of them have a BMI of between 25 and 30, meaning they are overweight. 19% of the people involved had a BMI of over 30, meaning one firefighter in five was obese.
“That’s a lot”, said the Labour sciences professor Lode Godderis (KU Leuven). “It is important that those who have to carry people down stairs during a fire are in good physical condition and a healthy weight”, the expert said.
He recommends that the extra weight is addressed by the fire departments, not just with technical exercises but also physical ones.