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Study: Why cops gang up on firefighters

Researchers examined the role of dark humor in the workplace of medics and police officers

ENP Newswire

PORTSMOUTH, England — Black humour, drawn from shared experiences, helps 'glue' ambulance crews and police officers together, with firefighters likely to be on the receiving end of the jokes, according to new research.

Dr Sarah Charman, of the University of Portsmouth's Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, examined the role of dark humour in the workplace of ambulance crews and police officers and found it provides comfort and creates a bond that crosses the occupational divide.

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Do Koolmac D Care Do Koolmac D Care Friday, February 08, 2013 4:45:23 PM That's all well and good for the Brits. now do the study here in America.Trust me, the culture is just different enough to make a difference, even though the "jobs" are "universally" the same.
Damon Corr Damon Corr Friday, February 08, 2013 5:17:16 PM I'm a UK firefighter at a station just five miles across Solent water from Portsmouth where this 'study' was allegedly carried out. I've been at this station seventeen years and the statement that police and ambulance personnel 'gang up' and give us a hard time is completely alien to the experiences I've had, and there's been rather a lot after all this time. The black humour across the emergency services in the UK is part of our shared culture, we do sarcasm better than any other nation, but I have never evidenced anything that even comes close to a serious divide between the services. I disagree with the underlying impression of this report.
Sunday, February 10, 2013 6:08:39 AM What do cops and firefighters have in common? They both want to be firefighters!
Sunday, February 10, 2013 6:11:56 AM What is the difference between God and a paramedic? God doesn't think he's a paramedic! LOL, I'll be here all week.
Monday, February 11, 2013 5:20:01 AM Yet another example of an academic taking a selective slice out of a much larger culture they have no knowledge about. Emergency Service workers, by dint of the nature of their work, live on schedules and within a world that most folks don't see and can't possibly comprehend without being part of it.

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