Title

Volunteers and their communities: A comparative analysis of volunteer firefighters

Document Type

Working Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Volume

22

Article

1075

Issue

2

Publication Date

8-1992

Department or Program

Economics Department

Abstract

This article explores the multifaceted relationship between volunteer fire companies and their communities by examining a broad range of socioeconomic characteristics of volunteer fire fighters and general residents in rural New York State. The two data sets are generated by the author's survey instrument and the U.S. Census of Population and Housing. The personal attributes and their statistical significance are examined empirically, and the implications of this research for particular aspects of the fire fighters' relationship to their fellow citizens arc discussed.