Hmmm...I wonder how this discussion will marry with the new one about the National Firefighter Code Of Ethics? Clearly THIS discussion promotes violence, racism, homophobia and religious discrimination (yes it does, read it again). But I mean, if it's all meant as a *joke*, I'm sure it's fine.
Fire Fighter Code of Ethics
I understand that I have the responsibility to conduct myself in a manner that reflects proper ethical behavior and integrity. In so doing, I will help foster a continuing positive public perception of the fire service. Therefore, I pledge the following …….
• Always conduct myself, on and off duty, in a manner that reflects positively on myself, my department and the fire service in general.
• Accept responsibility for my actions and for the consequences of my actions.
• Support the concept of fairness and the value of diverse thoughts and opinions.
• Avoid situations that would adversely affect the credibility or public perception of the fire service profession.
• Be truthful and honest at all times and report instances of cheating or other dishonest acts that compromise the integrity of the fire service.
• Conduct my personal affairs in a manner that does not improperly influence the performance of my duties, or bring discredit to my organization.
• Be respectful and conscious of each member’s safety and welfare.
• Recognize that I serve in a position of public trust that requires stewardship in the honest and efficient use of publicly owned resources, including uniforms, facilities, vehicles and equipment and that these are protected from misuse and theft.
• Exercise professionalism, competence, respect and loyalty in the performance of my duties and use information, confidential or otherwise, gained by virtue of my position, only to benefit those I am entrusted to serve.
• Avoid financial investments, outside employment, outside business interests or activities that conflict with or are enhanced by my official position or have the potential to create the perception of impropriety.
• Never propose or accept personal rewards, special privileges, benefits, advancement, honors or gifts that may create a conflict of interest, or the appearance thereof.
• Never engage in activities involving alcohol or other substance use or abuse that can impair my mental state or the performance of my duties and compromise safety.
• Never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual preference, medical condition or handicap.
• Never harass, intimidate or threaten fellow members of the service or the public and stop or report the actions of other firefighters who engage in such behaviors.
• Responsibly use social networking, electronic communications, or other media technology opportunities in a manner that does not discredit, dishonor or embarrass my organization, the fire service and the public. I also understand that failure to resolve or report inappropriate use of this media equates to condoning this behavior.
I admittedly never even thought to look this up. Holy cow. I hope the reason for not doing so would be that I may already somewhat adhere to the code, seeing how my parents drilled most of these into my head as a youngster. It wasn't pertaining to the fire service at the time, but life in general.
Anyway...already copied and printed. And now to go get my hand slapped...
English is not my native lenguage, despite this, I never left in doubt that this is a joke ( a great one!) My husband (firefighter) and I (ER pediatrician) have a 20 years old girl (only child) no boyfriends yet ( mmm...) , we ask permission to the author to try to translate and share his wonderful work among several argentinian firefighters and emergency doctors ,considered a valuable contribution to family mental health.
PD: man, you ´ve got a FAN. (Andrea´s husband)
It's not an issue of whether or not it's a joke. My point was, based on the National Firefighter Code Of Ethics (of which there is a new discussion regarding this Code of Ethics and from which I copied and pasted), the public posting of the aforementioned 'items' would suggest to the public that firefighters in general not only have the capacity for violence but advocate it (as well as racial, sexual, ethnic and religious discrimination, based on the wording of the OP's rules etc).
It IS an issue, of impropriety: does the posting of these 'rules', jokingly or otherwise, advocate violence towards others? Does it suggest that these 'rules' tacitly approve discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin? The Code Of Ethics being proposed in the U.S. Fire Service may not relate to you, but it does to U.S Firefighters should this Code of Ethics become part of our oath (which it really does, but lets not quibble about that).
But then, we may vary considerably in what we consider (and accept as) a joke. There have been some in the fire service who thought it would be funny to put a noose in (or in front of) the locker of another fire fighter, who happened to be black (and one incident of a Captain who kept a noose in his own locker, as a joke). While I'm sure the person placing (or keeping) the noose finds it a hoot, the person to whom it is intended, not so much.
So advocating injury, dismemberment or death towards a young man wanting to date a firefighter's daughter MAY appear funny to some (many, a lot) it paints (at least the U.S.) fire service as one of violence and intolerance (how many parents, what sex are they, priest/rabbi/minister (what, no Hindu or Muslim religious leader?))
So no, I don't think it's that funny. I can understand any parent's desire to protect their child from harm, but dating is not considered harmful, we've all done it. And pretending it's okay to kill someone we disapprove of...I guess some people think the public would approve and condone such thoughts. Well, those that have daughters anyway. I suppose the ones with sons, they'd be terrified their son would want to date the daughter of one of these neanderthals.
Jack is a pleasure to converse with someone with whom I share fundamentals values. I apologize if perhaps I didn´t put enough emphasis on the serious aspect of the subject.The first thing I send my husband was the National Firefighter Code Of Ethic, as I found it wonderful, and he was very excited to share with colleagues.
Humor is the greatest defense mechanism of the human being,an instrument to balance the emotions and frustrations develop. I understood that the humorist exploits the possibilities of children's thinking and that, consequently, humor is a mental activity oriented escape or evasion.
But also agree that bullying is often disguised with a joke, and we must be extremely cautious when something than amuses us, can harm others.
Our daughter is our greatest treasure, as well as her happiness.And nothing would make us happier than she found a great partner ( as I did 22 years ago,)
PD: I apologize for my English, please correct me, because I usually generate misunderstandings about my bad grammar ... LOL. Kind greetngs!
Priceless!!! I have 2 daughters and I am going to print this out! I love the firefighter twist at the end! 2 thumbs up!