The rise and rise of clean, white collar (firefighting) work

Merilyn Childs, Michael Morris, Valerie Ingham

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Australian newspapers, like those in other first-world countries,valorise fire-fighters through images more typically associated with heroic blue-collar 'battlers': sweat, ash, uniforms and firestorms, punctuated with tales of heroic deeds and personal sacrifice. Yet increasingly, much of the work of fire-fighters is associated with the grunt of 'clean work' ' report writing,community engagement, prevention and recovery activities, and so on. This paper considers the changing nature of career firefighters'work in one fire-fighting organisation in Australia, and the rising importance of 'clean' white-collar work to emergency management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-414
Number of pages6
JournalDisaster Prevention and Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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