Factors Related with the Firefighters’ Stresses whilt Wildfire Suppression at Doi Phrabat, Lampang Province

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Patana Nakatong
Supimon Khorphon
Pitchayada Siriyawanich


Background: Smog from the wildfire at Doi Phrabat causes air pollution in Mueang District, Lampang province every year. Wildfire suppression is tough, tired and dangerous, leading to stress of the firefighters.

Objective: To determine the level of stress and factors related with the firefighters’ stress levels whilst wildfire suppression at Doi Phrabat.

Materials and methods: A survey research was conducted among 240 firefighters using the stress assessment questionnaires (SPST-20) during wildfire suppression at 7–31 March 2019. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Factors related with the level of stress were analyzed using Chi-square test.

Results: The mean age was 48.7 (SD 12.6) years (range, 15–72) and 73.8% was male. Two-thirds were local volunteer firefighters and 44.2% were full-time operators. Most of the firefighters (57.9%) were anxious with the haze situation, 40.4% had a high level of stress and 28.8% had moderate level. Factors related with the firefighters’ stress levels were having anxiety, extended working period, receiving the fire situation information, working related diseases and trauma (p=0.001), lacking of equipment (p=0.002), teamwork relationship (p=0.004) and lacking of mental support (p=0.013).

Conclusion: Having anxiety, extended working period, teamwork relationship, working related diseases and trauma, inadequate equipment and mental support were related with the firefighters’ stresses during wildfire suppression at Doi Phrabat.


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Nakatong, P. ., Khorphon, S., & Siriyawanich, P. (2021). Factors Related with the Firefighters’ Stresses whilt Wildfire Suppression at Doi Phrabat, Lampang Province. Lampang Medical Journal, 42(1), 1–8. Retrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/LMJ/article/view/245807
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