The purpose of this study was to determine whether a difference exists in the Social Style of a career fire chief (paid) and a volunteer fire chief. This study evaluated the Social Style of 211 fire chiefs in the State of Texas, to determine whether a difference existed between the Social Style of volunteer fire chiefs and the Social Style of career (paid) fire chiefs. Fire chiefs were surveyed and their Social Style determined by use of Wilson Learning Corporation's Social Style Profile Social Impression Survey. The results were then cross-tabulated with the respondents' status as a career fire chief or a volunteer fire chief. The analysis showed that there is no statistically significant difference in the Social Style of a career fire chief and a volunteer fire chief. Volunteer fire chiefs are no more or less likely to take risk than their paid counterparts based upon their Social Style.
Date of publication
Rumsey, Jimmy, "The Difference in the Social Styles of Career and Volunteer Fire Chiefs" (2014). Human Resource Development Theses and Dissertations. Paper 4.