The firehouse and training grounds are very fun places to be. Lighthearted jokes and razzing are the norm - and quite honestly a very healthy behavior. Good-natured poking and prodding creates friendships, camaraderie, trust, and some of the best nicknames in the fire service. However, when good-natured fun turns to hazing, you need to step in and stop the practice immediately. NOTHING good comes from the unnecessary abuse and ridicule that has ruined many fire service careers - for both the offender and offended! If someone needs to humiliate and demean others to make themselves feel strong and empowered, then they're in the wrong profession! Worse are those who stand by and watch, or laugh, knowing it's wrong and do nothing to stop it. Have the courage to stop this as it's happening!
Keep training, in training - keep it real!