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Table 2 Health domains of career and volunteer female firefighters

From: The health of women in the US fire service

  Career, Female Volunteer, Female
N=18 N=13
General Health
Self Reported Health   
 Poor 0.0% 0.0%
 Fair 0.0% 0.0%
 Good 44.4% 53.8%
 Very Good 44.4% 30.8%
 Excellent 11.1% 15.4%
Blood Pressure   
 Systolic Prehypertension (120–139 mmHg) 16.7% 46.2%
 Systolic Hypertension (140+ mmHg) 0.0% 7.7%
 Diastolic Prehypertension (80–89 mmHg) 0.0% 0.0%
 Diastolic Hypertension (90+ mmHg) 0.0% 0.0%
Strength   
 Low Strength 5.9% 15.4%
 Average Strength 23.5% 15.4%
 High Strength 70.6% 69.2%
Flexibility   
 Poor 5.6% 15.4%
 Fair 5.6% 15.4%
 Average 22.2% 15.4%
 Good 44.4% 23.1%
 Excellent 22.2% 30.8%
% Injured, past 12 months 27.8% 7.7%
Alcohol Use
Drinking alcohol past 30 days 88.9% 46.2%
Average number of days drinking, past 30 M(SD) 5.0 days (4.0 days) 8.0 days (2.4 days)
Average number of drinks per day 2.9 drinks (1.5 drinks) 3.0 drinks (2.6 drinks)
% reporting binge in past 30 days 61.1% 23.1%
% reporting 3+ binges in past 30 days 22.2% 7.7%
% having driven when they had too much to drink 11.1% 0.0%
% range of concern on CAGE questions 0.0% 7.7%
Mental Health
% in Range of concern, CESD* 22.2% 38.5%
Perceived Stress Scale M (SD) 12.8 (8.3) 13.5 (7.3)
Feeling nervous and stressed   
 Never 5.6% 7.7%
 Almost never 38.9% 23.1%
 Sometimes 27.8% 38.5%
 Fairly often 22.2% 7.7%
 Very often 5.6% 23.1%
Feeling angered because things are outside my control   
 Never 11.1% 15.4%
 Almost never 33.3% 30.8%
 Sometimes 33.3% 38.5%
 Fairly often 16.7% 7.7%
 Very often 5.6% 7.7%
Feel confident to handle problems   
 Never 0.0% 0.0%
 Almost never 5.6% 0.0%
 Sometimes 11.1% 15.4%
 Fairly often 27.8% 30.8%
 Very often 55.6% 53.8%
Feeling on top of things   
 Never 0.0% 0.0%
 Almost never 5.6% 0.0%
 Sometimes 27.8% 30.8%
 Fairly often 33.3% 46.2%
 Very often 33.3% 23.1%
Job Satisfaction
Satisfied with job at the fire department   
 Very much disagree 0.0% 0.0%
 Disagree 0.0% 0.0%
 Neutral 0.0% 46.2%
 Agree 64.7% 15.4%
 Very much agree 35.3% 38.5%
Get sense of accomplishment from work   
 Very much disagree 5.9% 0.0%
 Disagree 5.6% 7.7%
 Neutral 11.8% 7.7%
 Agree 41.2% 53.8%
 Very much agree 35.3% 30.8%
Optimistic about future success with the department   
 Very much disagree 0.0% 0.0%
 Disagree 0.0% 15.4%
 Neutral 17.6% 30.8%
 Agree 52.9% 23.1%
 Very much agree 29.4% 30.8%
Satisfied with personal morale at the fire department   
 Very much disagree 5.9% 7.7%
 Disagree 11.8% 7.7%
 Neutral 29.4% 15.4%
 Agree 23.5% 38.5%
 Very much agree 29.4% 30.8%
Satisfied with the morale of the crew   
 Very much disagree 0.0% 7.7%
 Disagree 17.6% 7.7%
 Neutral 29.4% 23.1%
 Agree 41.2% 38.5%
 Very much agree 11.8% 23.1%
  1. *Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale.