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A model for the development of volunteer resources: The East Hampton ocean rescue unit

Mike Tracey


This article is an illustration of a success story involving the development of the first all-volunteer lifeguard ocean rescue unit in the North east United States.
Developing and managing volunteers is one of the most pressing topics being taught throughout the emergency management field. Successful programs often elude Local Communities; this article spotlights a model for success.


emergency preparedness, volunteer resource development, mutual aid

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Personal Interview with Master Chief Ed Michels. USCG (Ret.) Now Chief Harbormaster for The Town of East Hampton. New York. Conducted on September 20, 2007.

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