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Volunteer firefighting and family life: an organisational perspective on conflict between volunteer and family roles

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Volunteer firefighting and family life : an organisational perspective on conflict between volunteer and family roles. / Cowlishaw, Sean; McLennan, Jim; Evans, Lynette.

In: Australian Journal on Volunteering, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2008, p. 21-31.

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Cowlishaw, Sean ; McLennan, Jim ; Evans, Lynette. / Volunteer firefighting and family life : an organisational perspective on conflict between volunteer and family roles. In: Australian Journal on Volunteering. 2008 ; Vol. 13, No. 2. pp. 21-31.

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