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Language: English

Place: Alberta

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Description: Previous studies have examined the motivations, characteristics, and health outcomes of volunteer and paid firefighters. No research to date, however, has examined these psychological outcomes and their implications for role perception in firefighters who work in rural Canadian settings. The present study analyzed the experiences of volunteer firefighters in rural jurisdictions to understand their motivations, experiences of the role, and the well-being outcomes of the participants. A mixed-methods approach was employed, utilizing phenomenological analysis of interview transcripts as well as a Volunteer Firefighter Job Design Scale VFJDS to assess the reports of volunteers in rural stations in Alberta. The VFJDS highlighted a diversity of volunteer activities that extended beyond fire related incidents and reflected their rural environment. Review of the transcripts revealed five themes that defined the experiences of the participants: community support, camaraderie, personal factors, humanizing the hero image, role clarity, and community support. These findings have implications for the strategies of recruitment officers and trauma service providers.

Date created: 2016-07-20

DOI: doi:10.7939-R39B1G

License information: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International

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Author: Jones, Samantha K.

Source: https://era.library.ualberta.ca/


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The Experiences of Rural Volunteer Firefighters: a Mixed-Methods Approach. by Samantha K.
Jones A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Department of Social Science, Augustana Faculty University of Alberta © Samantha K.
Jones, 2016 EXPERIENCES OF RURAL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS ii Abstract Previous studies have examined the motivations, characteristics, and health outcomes of volunteer and paid firefighters.
No research to date, however, has examined these psychological outcomes and their implications for role perception in firefighters who work in rural Canadian settings.
The present study analyzed the experiences of volunteer firefighters in rural jurisdictions to understand their motivations, experiences of the role, and the well-being outcomes of the participants.
A mixed-methods approach was employed, utilizing phenomenological analysis of interview transcripts as well as a Volunteer Firefighter Job Design Scale (VFJDS) to assess the reports of volunteers in rural stations in Alberta.
The VFJDS highlighted a diversity of volunteer activities that extended beyond fire related incidents and reflected their rural environment.
Review of the transcripts revealed five themes that defined the experiences of the participants: community support, camaraderie, personal factors, humanizing the hero image, role clarity, and community support.
These findings have implications for the strategies of recruitment officers and trauma service providers. EXPERIENCES OF RURAL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS iii This thesis is an original work by Samantha K.
Jones.
The research project, of which this thesis is a part, received research ethics approval from the University of Alberta Research Ethics Board, Project Name “The Experiences of Urban and Rural Volunteer Firefighters: a Mixed Methods Approach” No.
Pro00061134, February 5, 2016. EXPERIENCES OF RURAL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS iv Acknowledgements I would...





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