Bullying has become a critical area of concern in the fire service; from face to face and online intimidation
to extreme instances of harassment resulting in assault. These negative behaviors erode safety and teamwork in addition to being in stark contrast to the fire service core values of duty, pride, and tradition and put departments at risk for litigation.
Unfortunately, efforts to quantify the extent of the problem remain piecemeal. Without a comprehensive understanding of the scope and root causes of bullying, we cannot estimate its impact on recruitment and retention, possible career disruption, behavioral health outcomes, and suicide risk. This research will collect appropriate information about bullying in the fire service and the prevalence, incidence, risk factors, and consequences of bullying behaviors in the fire service which will be used to inform prevention and intervention efforts.
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