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Using volunteers in emergency response: Municipalities, civil society and emergency rescue services
Linköping University, Center for Advanced Research in Emergency Response (CARER). Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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Abstract [en]

Swedish municipalities that experience the negative sides of urbanization in form of depopulation, declining growth and economic challenges are in need of long term adaption politics in order to uphold the welfare system for its inhabitants. This paper focuses on cooperation with civil society as an important tool for the municipalities emergency rescue services in order to tackle the problematic situation. In order to form a concept that is easily implemented as an effective adaptation measure, practical cases need to be studied. In this paper, interviews with officials from two active cooperation projects provide important and practical data to be analyzed against previous research in the subject. One project uses cooperation with civil society as a tool to help a countryside village in southern Sweden to increase the safety and protection in the area. The other project will operate in the southern suburbs of Stockholm as a cultural and social gap-closer in order to create a preventive force to stop car fires etc. and improve the flow of information. Both projects are currently, or plan to involve volunteers from the civil society as a central resource. Using previous research as an analytical framework for identifying important factors for an effective cooperation, this paper presents practical solutions. Despite the early stage of the projects analyzed in this paper, the results already shows examples of different solutions, strategies, challenges as well as reciprocal ones.

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2017. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Emergency response, cooperation, municipality, civil society, volunteers
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-138522OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-138522DiVA: diva2:1111416
Available from: 2017-06-19 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2017-06-20

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