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Perceptions of safety culture: A study of fire chiefs in volunteer fire departments


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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this research is to explore the perceptions of safety culture on the part of 10 fire chiefs in volunteer fire departments who self-identify as exhibiting transformational leadership style. The research design is qualitative using an exploratory method. Data, in the form of interviews, observation, and document review were collected and analyzed. Three possible outcomes were identified for the proposed research. First, the study may reveal a relationship between leadership style and perceptions of safety culture on the part of fire chiefs. Second, through understanding this relationship, the potential exists for fire chiefs to influence safety culture, thus reducing injuries and deaths to firefighters. Third, through exploration of their leadership style, fire chiefs may find ways to expand and improve their leadership capabilities.

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Subject
Management;
Public administration;
Occupational safety;
Firefighters;
Volunteers;
Perceptions;
Public safety;
Leadership;
Management styles;
Corporate culture;
Studies
Classification
0454: Management
0617: Public administration
0354: Occupational safety
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Fire chiefs; Safety culture; Transformational leadership; Volunteer fire departments
Title
Perceptions of safety culture: A study of fire chiefs in volunteer fire departments
Author
Freimuth, Robert J.
Number of pages
162
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
1351
Source
DAI-A 67/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542528491, 0542528495
Advisor
Williams, Michael
University/institution
Capella University
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3206682
ProQuest document ID
304909144
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304909144
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