04-25-2011, 07:06 PM #26
We post pics on FB/website with faces and plates blurred. Also, I don't put them up right away, which I guess serves as a good way to not let them family see what happened before they know, but that's not my intent. I'm usually just too lazy/busy
Instead of posting status updates and pics of calls, why not create a fan page for your dept and keep it all in one area? That way, if someone reeeally wants to know what you're up to fire wise.. then they can check in at will.
05-28-2011, 07:30 PM #27
Keep the names, personal info, & addresses out of the FB message & i personally don't care."Courage is the resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the lack of fear." Mark Twain"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Uknown
05-29-2011, 11:38 PM #28
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- Dec 2010
Our department has a policy against posting pics, unless it is entirely generic. Personally, none of my friends care about calls I go on, and I am not in the habit of posting my every move.
Also, you should take into consideration patient privacy and confidentiallity. Think about how you would feel if you were in their shoes.
The only posting I ever do concerning my department is public service announcements, or website links, such as Firewise.org.
05-30-2011, 12:29 AM #29
My department actually has a Facebook page. We post training, fundraisers, and calls. We blur plates on any vehicle that is not a members personal vehicle or emergency vehicle. Exact locations of calls are never disclosed. We will put a street name but nothing more. Help preserve the privacy of people but also lets the public know what is going on in their community.
You also have to keep in mind when it comes to privacy...anyone with a scanner hears everything that is going on.
06-27-2011, 09:45 PM #30
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As long as it's general information like that, then your dept. can't really complain. But yeah, it is kinda lame... no offense.
07-28-2011, 01:52 AM #31
Originally Posted by tree68;1258286[COLOR="Red"
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- West Michigan
On the other side of that, it could hurt departments that are actually sitting around not doing anything.
07-28-2011, 09:06 PM #32
If you have to ask whether or not this is ok you probably already know the answer.
Some have posted about content, some about posting at all and still others about the benefits of posting. It really doesn't matter.
This is a question you need to pose to your chief not us, it is your chiefs call.
Sorry dude. I have a feeling that wasn't the answer you wanted.
07-31-2011, 11:10 AM #33
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- Feb 2009
- Northwest PA
Unfortunately, a true story. Friend of mine was at an MVA yesterday, 2-vehicle head-on, minor/moderate injuries, but both vehicles caught fire. He posted a pic on Facebook of the two vehicles after extinguishment. That was how one woman's son was notified that his family had been in a crash.
07-31-2011, 03:32 PM #34
As I mentioned earlier (here, or in another thread), it doesn't take FB for that to happen - even a gung-ho local news website can make it happen (as it has here in my area).
If you're going to put stuff out there, you have to be mindful of such possibilities. Waiting a day or two may take some of the adrenaline out of it, but it reduces the possibility of an event such as noted here.
OTOH, we can only control our own people - it's entirely possible that a "man on the street" could have posted that picture - or even video. Check out Statter911 - a significant number of the videos Dave posts are from "citizen journalists."Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.
Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.
08-18-2011, 02:01 PM #35
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- Jun 2009
Our department has a current rule that is as follows:
1. All pictures have to be approved by the Chief prior to posting.
2. All information deciminated must be generic in nature.
2. All license plates, house numbers, etc must be blurred out.
4. No images of people without thier consent.
4. No images of patients and/or victoms in any way will be posted.
5. No cell phones on scene. (this rule elimates about 90% of the problem...
On an alternate note which you might enjoy a medic friend of mine was at the beach a couple of weeks ago whereas a victom washed up on the beach and they began performing CPR on the victom. Someone called 911 and of course the croud begin moving in. A State Trooper was the first to arrive and attempted to dispurse the croud but of course the began to come right back in. In what I thought was the coolest thing that I had ever heard was the Trooper then began to grab Cell Phones from the crowd who was videoing and taking pictures and threw them into the ocean. My hat is off to him for his actions.William C. Allison II
Tazewell County Fire-Rescue
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