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    I was recently on not one but TWO local news channels (CBS and ABC) and we have a thing where if you make the paper you buy ice cream but if you make the news, you buy steaks. I was wondering if anyone else has rules like that at their department.

    I've made the front paper once also... not a little ad but a 1/2 page ad with my name spelled wrong.

    And, to top it off, one of the news shots was of me eating beef jerkey. Why would a camera man focus in on me eating at a 8 hour incident

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    Sorry JHR you buy ice cream for the house.

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    Ice cream, and Steaks... We do Ice cream for Newspapers and brats for TV, or both if you make both. Also...word to the wise. AVOID cameras at all costs if you don't want to pay, and don't talk on a cell phone near reporters either. I was talking with my mother at an extended hazmat incident, meth lab, and was standing next to the fire tape. I had a reporter record my whole convorsation with my mother. When I found out I chased him down, and got the tape. I was going to give him a nice big motorola stamp on his head with my portable, but he gave it up right away. It's amazing what reportes do when you threaten to sue them.
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    Lex Ky: getting in the newspaper or on TV, even if you are just in the background of a shot, means you buy breakfast for the whole station on the next duty day.

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    Newspaper = donuts
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    We just had this discussion on shift yesterday. Anytime your name is mentioned in the paper it's ice cream for the engine house you were running out of. If it's your picture, you have to buy pizza for the entire shift! We have 3 engine houses with about 20-25 people on duty per shift. Usually a little more that $150.00.
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    Well there is good and bad's to this with our station.

    #1 Were a small town
    #2 Lots of Calls
    #3 Media feeds on this attraction

    and #4 I respond to almost all the calls when work permits.

    My problem would come with #4 as pictures are being taken all the time. We joke about buying "Beer's" for everbody. Nothing ever comes of it tho. Thank god cause most of us can average there picture in the paper 7 times a year for Car Fires, House Fire's etc.
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    We don't have rules like buying chow for the house,but when we were featured as part of a recent report on heat stress,we all made sure to hold the labels of our rehab drinks or snacks out so they could be read.
    I was waiting for someone's interview to come across like Jeff Foxworthy's NASCAR interview:"WellIgottatellyawewerejustawesometoday-JimmygotthepumpgoingMikeandBradgotthehoseandknocke dthefiredown-BojayandSkinnygotthevicpulledoutthewindowandweall-hadtostopandkeep-hydratedorsomeonewasgonnagethurtbad."
    We've had trouble with this one overzealous reporter and cameraman who do now understand the safety value of a cold zone.Our Captain got a little physical with them and when the aforementioned puke tried to get an apology,he got a dial tone from the Chief and from the County Judge Executive when it got to his office.
    Now,we just wait for this reporter to come asking if he can wear a set of turnouts for his report."Yeah,buddy,go over to 300's rack there.He won't mind none!"
    And after he has it on"Hey,Cap,can you come over here and add to Mr Nicely's report?"
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    Bouncing them off a Pierce Enforcer is even more intimidating.

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    It's amazing what reportes do when you threaten to sue them.

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    oh this would not be nice for me, i have been in the papers 5 times this year and on tv 4. Large vol dept. 100 guys!

    thank god no rules like that here. I was thinking gas was expensive, i would be poor from this.
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    Newspaper = ice cream
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    Good tthing we dont do anything like that here. Been on the front page of the paper more times then i can count. been on tv a couple times for MDA, and a FF funeral, and for a water crisis we had here. I'd be broke.
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    sounds like "Backdraft" isnt there a scene where he has to pay cause he was on the frontpage of a newspaper...

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    We don't have anything set up but now that you mention it we should. A couple years back 2 guys made it into some chessey movie (carrying someone out of a building), another guy made a billboard, and we had yet another guy in a local commercial. That sounds like a food goldmine!!

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    Talking Not Here...............

    I've heard of this for years, but it's not done in this area, that I know of. And that's a good thing, I think. We get a LOT of press, and there is someone from the FD on the news almost every day.
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