May 13th: Motivations and demotivations for volunteer responders (fire fighters and cardiac arrest responders)

In Europe many countries use organised volunteer initiatives to successfully reduce response times and improve outcomes in time critical emergencies such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrests or fires.

However, such initiatives require retention of volunteers over time to maintain good coverage and capabilities. In a recent study titled “What motivates and demotivates emergency response volunteers? A survey-based factor analysis study”, Dr. Erik Prytz and colleagues from Linköping University in Sweden, analyzed a survey of 5,000 volunteers to determine which factors has the greatest impact on volunteers’ motivation to continue being volunteers.

In this EENA webinar, Dr. Erik Prytz will walk us through the rationale and method of the study, and summarise the most important takeaways, including how organisations that alert emergency response volunteers can work to maintain a higher level of motivation going forward.


Presented by

Dr. Erik Prytz

Senior Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science at Linköping University
Erik Prytz holds a PhD in Human Factors Psychology from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. He is currently a Senior Sssociate Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science at Linköping University, Sweden. Erik also holds a joint appointment at the Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology at the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences where he also serves as the coordinator for the human factors research area. Erik is a board member of the Center for Advanced Research in Emergency Response, and Director of the Forum Securitatis Graduate School of Societal Safety and Security.