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How many departments have an anti-profanity policy?

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  • How many departments have an anti-profanity policy?

    How many of your FDs have a policy prohibiting the use of profanity in the firehouse? Of course I wouldn't expect firefighters to swear in front of visitors, or the public when on a call, but this policy is about profanity in the firehouse.
    Crazy, but that's how it goes
    Millions of people living as foes
    Maybe it's not too late
    To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

  • #2
    No policy, otherwise we'd be effed!!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FF-Andy View Post
      No policy, otherwise we'd be effed!!!
      I agree!

      We don't have an anti-profanity policy but we have a rule that says we shall not engage in behavior that "reflects discredit upon the department". It covers just about anything they want it to cover as far as violations go.

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      • #4
        Years ago, when running HS cross country, one coach had such a policy - with a fine for each use (10 cents). There was a jar for collecting said fines. I don't recall what happened to the money, but I do remember that occasionally the coach would stuff a buck or two in...

        We don't have such a policy, but such words are more often than not "used in anger..." Most folks know enough to mind the company at the time and act appropriately.

        What we need is an anti-profanity policy for folks who post fire videos. Cuss words seem to be de rigueur for bystanders shooting video at most fires.
        Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

        Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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        • #5
          Anti-Profanity policy? F*ck that schit.

          Behave in the public and around guests. That's my policy.
          "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tree68 View Post
            Years ago, when running HS cross country, one coach had such a policy - with a fine for each use (10 cents). There was a jar for collecting said fines. I don't recall what happened to the money, but I do remember that occasionally the coach would stuff a buck or two in...

            We don't have such a policy, but such words are more often than not "used in anger..." Most folks know enough to mind the company at the time and act appropriately.

            What we need is an anti-profanity policy for folks who post fire videos. Cuss words seem to be de rigueur for bystanders shooting video at most fires.
            We had a similar concept in the firehouse for awhile when one of our career personnel became "Born-again" and started complaining to the Chief and it went to City Hall. We then had a verbal warning to watch the audience and attempt to be better around this particular FF. Next was the "Swear Jar" which cost you $0.25/profanity. This was pretty much a joke, but ti went along OK for a bit, until an officer came in dropped $5 bill in the jar and went off on a profanity laden tirade.

            In the end it is generally about trying to be respectful of each other and clearly as has been noted and guests in the house. The problem is that most of the City hall types and citizens don't see us any difference then how they must act in their offices, so they cannot figure out why we should continue to swear and tell jokes int he workplace. Sadly, since not ever one "gets it" there are costly lawsuits that prove their point that we need to be "reigned in".

            would not be a fan of a policy document, as it ties our hands and requires officers to follow it or suffer the consequence of allowing violations, never a good scenario. Self-policing is always better than forced policing from the outside.

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            • #7
              No policy like that in my department at all. But of course.....you don't say things that would be "offensive" to other people.

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              • #8
                Thanks for the responses.
                Crazy, but that's how it goes
                Millions of people living as foes
                Maybe it's not too late
                To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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