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09/10/2020 – Interesting Article form the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

Little is known about why individuals volunteer with emergency services and what encourages and supports long-term engagement. Hazard Note 65 covers research that is providing insights and data nationally to help to develop new recruitment and retention strategies for SES volunteers.

Findings show that volunteers deeply value their connection to their unit, derive meaning from both positive and negative emotional experiences, and sometimes have vague expectations about emergency services volunteering. Managing the expectations of volunteers is not a simple task; some volunteers have too few expectations, and others too many. Both of these scenarios can lead to volunteers having a negative experience and influence their turnover intentions.

Read the full Article – https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/65

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