There’s an elephant inside many firehouses: Far too often, inappropriate behavior is condoned or even encouraged. Bullying, harassment and hazing continue despite the department’s official position that such behavior isn’t tolerated. In turn, the department and its personnel suffer.
Although it may be tempting to dismiss “inclusion” as a trendy buzzword, we cannot ignore demographic and cultural changes. As our society has changed, so has our fire service. Leaders and firefighters who pass off inclusion as the latest fad do so at their peril—risking damage to their careers, their department’s performance, and even their mental and emotional health.
Join Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder and three fire chiefs for a frank, practical discussion on how we can realistically promote inclusive behavior at all ranks in the firehouse.
Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder
Chief Joanne Hayes-White
|Chief Colleen Walz
Johns Island (SC) Fire Department
|Chief I. David Daniels
Chair, IAFC’s Bullying, Harassment and Violence Prevention Task Group