Climbing the ladder : the transition from volunteer to career firefighting in small town America

Cardinal Scholar

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Masse, Mark H., 1952- Kelly, Alicia Ann 2017-07-17T17:23:02Z 2017-07-17T17:23:02Z 2017-07-22
dc.description.abstract Becoming a career firefighter is a long process for most prospective emergency responders. It is common for aspiring firefighters to apply to several departments before finally getting hired on or moving across the state or country to accept a job offer. This creative project addresses the struggle of achieving career firefighter status by studying the experiences of one young volunteer firefighter who serves as a representative profile for other aspiring career firefighters. Using immersion journalism and several narrative writing techniques, this creative project chronicles the experiences of twenty-four-year-old Lt. Trevor Bolton of the Fire Department of Liberty Township (FDLT) in Clayton, Indiana, as he climbs the ranks in the fire service. This work of literary journalism touches on Trevor’s life as a volunteer firefighter and include the steps he has taken to become a career firefighter up until the moment he is ultimately given an offer for a full-time firefighting position. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Journalism
dc.subject.lcsh Volunteer fire fighters -- Indiana -- Clayton.
dc.subject.lcsh Fire fighters -- Indiana -- Plainfield.
dc.subject.other Bolton, Trevor, 1993- -- Career in fire extinction.
dc.title Climbing the ladder : the transition from volunteer to career firefighting in small town America en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.A.), 3 hours. Thesis (M.A.) en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Creative Projects [3230]
    Creative projects submitted to the Graduate School by Ball State University master's degree candidates in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

Show simple item record

Search Cardinal Scholar


My Account