Our Quick Quizzes continue to reveal interesting facts about WA’s wonderful, diverse volunteer emergency services family.
Remember – this is important stuff so if you or your volunteer colleagues haven’t yet completed this or previous quizzes, click here to give them a go – they are anonymous and only take a couple of minutes each.
Last week, we asked if you could share a little about you and the results, well, take a look for yourself:
The first question we asked was why our volunteers do what they do. The answers demonstrated something we already knew and are very proud of – our emergency services volunteers are all about community.
Almost everyone (97%) ticked the box next to, “For the good of community” with the next most common answer being “I enjoy the mateship” at about 62%.
But sticking with question one for a moment, if we analyse the themes of the questions and then take the responses as a percentage of the total number of boxes ticked, we get an even stronger message.
Broadly speaking, we could suggest that the following answers (let’s call them ‘Group 1’) are about an outwardly facing motivation rather than any kind of self-interest:
- For the good of the community
- I enjoy the mateship
- I like to keep busy
While for the sake of this thesis, these answers (‘Group 2’) have a bit more of an inwardly facing motivation:
- To help protect my assets
- It will help me in my current/future career
- It keeps me fit
When we look at the numbers of respondents who ticked an answer in each group as a proportion of the total number of ticks (within the groups), this is the graph we get:
Moving on to the second question – What is your employment status? – the majority of respondents (48%) are full time employees, with the other half being made up of Retired (22%), Self-employed (20%), unemployed (5%) and the last 5% being made up of ‘Part-time/casual’, ‘Full-time home maker’ and ‘Other’.
In terms of formal education, 86% of the respondents have post-secondary levels with another 11% having not undertaken any further formal studies beyond secondary graduation.
The next question was whether or not respondents had completed one or more DFES-run course – which returned a positive answer from 92%.
We know that our emergency services volunteers are overwhelmingly motivated by providing a service for the community and around 72% of respondents told us the community is partly made up of their children.
With that number in mind, it was interesting for us to learn that almost half (45%) of the respondents told us that they weren’t the only members of their families who are active emergency service volunteers:
Of the 45% who had family members who were also emergency service volunteers, 86% of them told us the number of other volunteers in the family. The mean average was 1.8, median 2 and range from 1 to 4.
Thanks to all those who have contributed so far. If you haven’t or suspect your volunteer mates haven’t completed a quiz yet, please share this link (http://avbfb.org.au/category/news-and-media/quick-quiz/) and get cracking – they are anonymous and only take a couple of minutes each.