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Friday, May 27, 2016

Fire Rescue 1

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Dear FireChief Subscriber,
While tragic, Nicole Mittendorff's suicide has had the effect of forcing the fire service into an overdue and uncomfortable conversation about how we treat our fellow firefighters. Even if it touches fewer than one percent of the fire service, bullying and harassment needs to be rooted out, halted, understood and prevented.

We hope the following articles addressing the topic of bullying from different angles help arm you with the resources you need to address the problem within your own departments. 
— Rick Markley, Editor-in-Chief, FireRescue1 and Fire Chief
FEATURED ARTICLE
1 medic's story: How I was assaulted, sexually harassed into quitting
1 firefighter's story: Bullying drove me to the brink of suicide 
Getting to the root of the fire services' misogynistic weed 
FR1 EXCLUSIVE
Bullying: Fire and EMS's tragedy and disgrace
By Anna Maria Farina, FR1 Contributor
What is the impact of bullying on emergency responder mental health and suicide?
Combat workplace abuse 
WOMEN IN FIREFIGHTING
Fire chief's reaction: Bullying, culture and prevention
By Cheryl Horvath, FR1 Columnist
Nicole Mittendorff's suicide should make chiefs and officers take a hard look at their department's culture.
Know the enemy 
LEADING THE TEAM
How fire chiefs can end bullying and harassment
By Linda Willing, FR1 Columnist
These concrete actions will help firefighters and officers eliminate harassing behavior from their departments.
Speak up 
FR1 EXCLUSIVE
EMS leaders must promote a workplace free of harassment
By Chris Cebollero, FR1 Contributor
As leaders we have to be the ones to say "stop" and to be the ones to support and create a safe environment for all who joins us.
End the cycle 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
The Code Green Campaign
Share the Load
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance
How to speak up if you’re worried about a co-worker's mental health 
Stop sexual assaults and rape on women firefighters 
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