Day One:

Theres a group of FF's sitting in the Fire House kitchen. Talking everyday stuff, just doing what FF's do. A racialy diverse group.

A person of rank walks in and sits with them.

One of the FF's say's, "Hey Sir, what did you think of the new hiring exam?"

He answers, "Ever sence that judge got involved, you know because of the sp---ks, nig---rs and other minorities, they've had to dumb it down. Their ruining this Department."

Without waiting for a reply, he stands up and walks out of the Fire House.

What should happen next?

Day two: Two of the FF's who felt offended, called HQ and the Union to complain and seek redress.
What now, whats protocal in your department?
Is there any?

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Comment by Rick on May 19, 2010 at 8:48pm
Should the Union defend the Chief or the FF's??????????
Comment by Rick on May 11, 2010 at 11:37pm
I believe we have all come a long way from the days of outright discrimination. I believe most strive for fairness, especially because of our unique working situations. Its great to be surrounded by people who give so much of their selfs for a common cause.

I noticed not many responded with actual SOP or things like , our Department rules are this and that. Do we know how to deal with these things when they happen? Do we have an unwritten code or do we not act on things because as one guy responded, "You want to do this on the INTERNET" - I assume he thought that would not be good for "Our Image"

I don't know, but Its great that it seems 99% agree - theres just no place for discrimination among mature, educated people.
Comment by Art "ChiefReason" Goodrich on May 7, 2010 at 10:37pm
We can talk about equality and diversity in a respectful manner.
Speaking in terms of racial epithets only shows ignorance and is proof alone that we have a ways to go.
Many de-cry diversity training, but with Neandrethals, what else is there?
You can't check attitudes like that at the door.
You may have to show them the door, if they are unwilling to work together.
Just like America, the fire service is also a melting pot.
We don't discriminate and should work to prevent and to eliminate it.
Comment by Rick on May 7, 2010 at 3:39pm
two of the FF's who felt offended, called HQ and the Union to complain and seek redress.
What now, whats protocal in your department?
Is there any?
Comment by Rick on May 6, 2010 at 12:44pm
Just trying to get another view point. It went already and I am just trying to see what others would feel would be appropriate.
Should the Union step in, should Admin get involved and if so what would happen in your Department.

The FF's present were clearly offended, given the racial diversity of the group. Is this proper/acceptable behavior and should it be addressed?

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