Roy Roper (r-roper@UIUC.EDU)
Tue, 25 Jul 1995 14:11:44 -0500

If it would be of any help, I'm familiar with some people in a volunteer
fire department (which included helicopter based transport) in an area of
south Alaska - Ketchikan. One of the volunteers who is flight qualified is
a nurse from the local hospital. Just as a note -- there are lots of VFD's
in the US and they probably have a rather wide range of attitudes/behaviors
based on local considerations and resources.

Good luck. VFD's are fascinating. Specially those that use helicopters in
remote, water-locked areas for transport to/from native villages.


At 7/25/95 2:20 PM, Michelle Akers wrote--------:>I am working on my
Masters thesis currently and would appreciate any
>help that anyone could provide.
>An abstract of my project follows:
>The research will explore the social and cultural dimensions of volunteer
>fire departments (VFDs). My goal is to ascertain the degree to which
>VFDs contribute to social cohesion, while recognizing the variability withi=
>and between the VFDs. A special emphasis shall be placed upon gender relat=
>and their effect on the socio-cultural role of VFDs.
>Any information or suggestions, would be greatly appreciated.
>Thank you for your help.
>Michelle (