The Value of Volunteer Fire Departments Analytical Essay by Nicky

An exploration of the community value and various aspects of volunteer fire departments.
# 145554 | 1,205 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 14, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Public Administration (General)

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This paper explores the value of volunteer fire departments and addresses the question: Why are volunteer fire departments important? The paper also contends that volunteer fire departments prove not only valuable, but vital to communities. The paper explains that, in U.S. communities, a fire department responds to a fire approximately every 20.0 seconds. The paper asserts that, just as individuals who serve their communities through volunteer fire departments receive positive benefits in return, the communities' volunteer fire departments serve gain valuable tangible and intangible profits. The paper concludes that today, as in the past, an out-of-control fire constitutes one common, significant, tragic hazard that is ongoing; volunteer fire departments show their value as they continue to suppress and arrest out of control fires - just in time. This paper contains illustrative charts and graphs.

Volunteer vs. Free
Service for the Community
Volunteer Characteristics
Ways Volunteer Fire Departments Operate

From the Paper:

"Along with numerous organizational formats, however, the volunteer fire service shares several common threads running through them. "Most volunteer fire departments have volunteer fire chiefs" (Clay, 1998). To motivate fire service volunteers, volunteer fire departments' chiefs, along with the community the departments serve, must provide a positive benefit, tangible or intangible rewards, and/or some sort a balance of some sort to equal the effort the individuals exert to qualify as member of a volunteer fire department. Despite training, effort and time commitment, Clay asserts, at times, serious emergency incidents occur that do not produce the volunteer fire department's desired positive outcome. This, however, happens to fire departments universally, whether they are volunteer or career."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, E. (1999). The scope of volunteer activity and public service. Law and Contemporary Problems, 62(4), 17. Retrieved December 31, 2008, from Questia database:
  • Clay, F. (1998, July). Managers and the volunteer fire service: Sharing common ground. Public Management, 80, 16+. Retrieved December 31, 2008, from Questia database:
  • The Columbia World of Quotations. (1996). New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Fire departments. (2008). U.S. Fire Administration. Retrieved January 1, 2009, from
  • Gaustad, Edwin S. (2004). Benjamin Franklin: Inventing America. Oxford University Press. Retrieved January 1, 2009, from

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