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Volunteer Firefighters and Their Intention to Remain Active

Vogel, T.R. (2014) Volunteer Firefighters and Their Intention to Remain Active.

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Abstract:Volunteers play an important role within the Dutch fire service. There is concern that more active volunteers will decide to leave the fire service. This research provides more knowledge in the decision making process of volunteer firefighters and predicts how their decision to remain active is taken. In this research this decision is analyzed using the Theory of Planned Behavior. The logistic regression analysis showed that the adapted Theory of Planned Behavior is significant in the prediction of intention. Attitude is the most important variable in the construction of intention of volunteer firefighters to stay active. The second variable proved to be the perceived norm of a volunteer firefighter. The third strongest variable is the estimated physical ability and the last but still significant variable that influences intention is combining volunteer firefighting with other activities. The results showed that overall intention to remain active is very high. However, almost one out of eight volunteer firefighters has a negative intention and for this group of volunteers it is likely that they will stop within the next few years. Most opportunity for improvement of intention lies in the variables perceived norm and combining activities.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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