Originally Posted by MightyBlueRam
Like fireman said, it's part of firefighter tradition to play practical jokes on each other. It's been happening for many years and I don't see it stopping. I would never think of taking it to the leadership because I'm not going to be that guy who everyone hates for being an adult. All I'm saying is that as individuals, we should be considerate enough to know when enough is enough and when what you are doing is disgusting or out of line. Those things I described above are just a few of the many other things that happen. One firefighter I know had his phone ruined when they dumped a bucket of water on him. When he confronted the bucketeers to pay for the phone, the bucketeers became offended that he wanted them to pay for the phone. It ended up going to brass and now that guy who in my view did the right thing by asking to get his $500 phone replaced, is now an outcast. I mean seriously, does firefighter = infant, inmature, ignorant? NO.
If it is only 2 of 10 guys, then these things tend to work themselves out in a hurry. That means 80% of guys on shift are sick of their crap right? So how has this gone on so long? How long has this crew been working together?
The grape in the nose is out of hand, and the phone being wrecked is a no brainer (obviously someone has to pay for that)
But being upset because you sneezed for a hour because of baby powder? or someone salted your water? That is pretty normal stuff no?
I have never seen 2 guys run a entire shift before. Has the captain, lieutenant, or senior man have nothing to say about this? Why haven't the other 8 guys on shift sat down at lunch/dinner/during PT or any other time as a crew and told these guys enough is enough?
Seems really odd to me.
Others on the forum will side with you immediately (that is why you started this thread right?) however I am skeptical about it.
I am a career firefighter. This is the only thing I have done for 13 years now. And in all of that time I have never experienced 2 men taking over a entire shift and making it uncomfortable for the men.
I have however on a few occasions met guys who joined the fire dept. And just did not fit in. They probably went onto a internet forum somewhere and told others about all of the hardships they endure at work in order to get some sympathy.
Now maybe I have said too much. But I am proud of what I do. I am proud to be apart of the culture. And for some reason this thread is hitting my crazy button.