Bullying on the Job: A New Threat to the Fire Service

By Scott E. Crandall There is a frightening new behavior sweeping across the country that could wreak havoc with the core fire service concepts of teamwork and brotherhood. It can be initiated by any member of the service, regardless of rank. This new behavior is workplace bullying. No doubt, you have seen media reports on the subject of "school bullying." Many kids have taken their own lives because of this atrocious behavior. The statistics on school bullying and suicide are alarming: Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For every suicide am...

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