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Boston, Massachusetts 02215


Extended duration work shifts and long work weeks have been demonstrated to have adverse effects on health and safety. This phenomenon has not been fully investigated in firefighters, who typically work 24 and 48-hour shifts as well as overtime and often second jobs. The results of this study may lead to recommendations to improve the health, safety, quality of life and performance of firefighters and the safety of the public.

Study summary:

The investigators propose to use a four tier approach (see attached schema) consisting of: 1) a station-level, randomized experimental design; 2) a web-based training comparison groups non-randomized, before and after; 3) a train the trainer comparison groups study design, before and after; 4) a national training and survey only groups study design, before and after to test the hypotheses that implementation of a Comprehensive Firefighter Fatigue Management Program will: 1. improve the mean total sleep duration and subjective alertness of firefighters; 2. improve firefighter safety, as determined by: 1. decreased rates of motor vehicle crashes; 2. decreased on-the-job injuries; 3. improve firefighter performance, as determined by decreased response time; 4. improve firefighter health, as determined by: 1. diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders 2. improved general health indices 3. decreased number of sick days 5. improve firefighter job satisfaction and ability to cope with extended work hours 6. to look at and compare the number of people who participate in training versus available to participate and to compare the proportion of people who complete the survey. The above aims will be achieved through a survey assessment. Additionally, a subset of participants will participate in up to 6 weeks of physiological monitoring that will provide objective data on sleep, alertness and performance.


Inclusion Criteria: - This proposal includes research involving human subjects (fire department employees). - Any employees working or volunteering in fire departments throughout the US will be eligible to participate in the study. - All applicants will be considered without bias, regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin. Exclusion Criteria: - Non fire department employees



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Steven Lockley, Ph.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Boston, Massachusetts 02215
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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