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How do we stop volunteer emergency service workers quitting?

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Abstract


  • Emergency services in Australia are struggling to hold onto their volunteer staff. In New South Wales, for example, only half of the 1,700 volunteers who join the State Emergency Service are still active members a year later. In Western Australia, the overall yearly turnover is 12-18% and rising.

    This represents a serious drain on the sector. Precise volunteer numbers are not always collated, but we estimate that more than 240,000 emergency service volunteers across Australia help to protect regional, rural and remote communities where the sprawling areas make it impractical to rely solely on career emergency workers.

Authors


  •   Forner, Vivien (external author)
  •   Jones, Michael L.
  •   Berry, Yoke J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Forner, V., Jones, M. L. & Berry, Y. J. (2017). How do we stop volunteer emergency service workers quitting?. The Conversation, 4 April 1-4.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2146&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1140

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 4

Volume


  • 4 April

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Emergency services in Australia are struggling to hold onto their volunteer staff. In New South Wales, for example, only half of the 1,700 volunteers who join the State Emergency Service are still active members a year later. In Western Australia, the overall yearly turnover is 12-18% and rising.

    This represents a serious drain on the sector. Precise volunteer numbers are not always collated, but we estimate that more than 240,000 emergency service volunteers across Australia help to protect regional, rural and remote communities where the sprawling areas make it impractical to rely solely on career emergency workers.

Authors


  •   Forner, Vivien (external author)
  •   Jones, Michael L.
  •   Berry, Yoke J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Forner, V., Jones, M. L. & Berry, Y. J. (2017). How do we stop volunteer emergency service workers quitting?. The Conversation, 4 April 1-4.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2146&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1140

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 4

Volume


  • 4 April

Place Of Publication


  • Australia