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    Hey guys,

    Please give your opinion on posting info about a run you went on in your Facebook. I've posted something general like:

    "Trauma call tonight." or "Car fire last night."

    Just curious of what you think of this. I never give detailed info.

  • #2
    Honestly, do your FB friends really give a damn about a play-by-play on what you're doing? I've never understood the thought process behind posting every trivial thing you do as a status update.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gambit7 View Post
      Hey guys,

      Please give your opinion on posting info about a run you went on in your Facebook. I've posted something general like:

      "Trauma call tonight." or "Car fire last night."

      Just curious of what you think of this. I never give detailed info.


      Ummm, What else do you post?

      Do you let everyome know your plans such as going out here and there?

      Seeing that special girl and all aspects of dating?

      I see no point in posting anything about see that person dead in the car whith the steering wheel pushed up in their ingchest, or brain matter hanging from the front post.

      Or even posting "We had a car fire at North 3rd and Main St."
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      • #4
        Check with your superiors, is there a policy?

        Think before you hit enter, someone in your social network might be connected to your story and not appreciate thier privacy being violated in such an open forum. It's just food for thought.
        A coward stands by and watches wrongs committed without saying a word...Any opinions expressed are purely my own and not necessarily reflective of the views of my former departments

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        • #5
          Thanks for commenting guys. This is kind of what I thought. The reason I asked in the first place was because I wasn't sure how I felt about it.

          I'm going to limit posts about our dept. to times when it's something interesting in our training or maybe when we have a public education day or something similar.

          I always want to make sure I present the most professional image I can - I know that by joining this dept, I'm representing them to everyone I meet.

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          • #6
            Gam,
            My department website is something that is very new. We have a facebook and twitter account and post updates to the site. Events that may be of importance. I see no reason why you couldn't post basic info on calls as they occur for the simple reason of the copious amounts of people who may view it. People who don't understand this concept or are against it certainly are intitled to their opinion, but in the end it comes down to you and your department and what your department as a whole decides is best. here's an example:

            When I presented the idea of a dept. website I expected much resistance, however I put all the facts together and they saw how it would benefit the dept. That being said, if you think viewers would be interested in that info, why not give it to him?

            The only thing we did was agree that there would be no links, info, photos or video's in regards to fatalities in any case. Fire's, MVAs etc. So if you list a basic post that says fire or MVA, whats the big deal? Just don't use too much detail or info. Believe me, there are many people who would follow you to see what the calls were. I've seen it work. You just have to be respectful and sensitive to the victums etc.

            All I can say is make sure you use your mellon !!
            Last edited by Rice09; 03-23-2011, 05:07 PM.

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            • #7
              I have better things to do then post my daily events on a public forum and honestly no not want the added pressure. I like to "fly below the radar". Perform the task at hand, clean up trucks, restock equipment, go home and do my best to put it to bed. We have enough to deal with without bringing the added pressure of your buddies hounding about the "details" of that wreck last night. Our department is adding rules that WILL NOT allow it.
              Last edited by nlfireguy; 03-23-2011, 05:51 PM.

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              • #8
                We have text on dispatch, and I have it repeated to our department FB page. Only the subject line appears (just the responding department(s)), and I'll usually add something after the fact. For EMS calls, anyone listening to their scanner has more information than I put on FB, which will amount to "Seizures," or "Subject fallen".

                On fire calls and the like I'll usually add more detail, but again, not as much as comes over the air in the first place, and certainly not the detail that will show up in the news. One MA structure fire comment I added included a "well done" to the home department for a great stop.

                The other thing on the FB page is our scheduled fund-raisers. That's kind of nice because FB sends out reminders. Easy advertising to those who follow our FB page.

                There are a few pictures there as well, and those pictures generally appear on our website as well.
                Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

                Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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                • #9
                  Gambit, are you talking about your personal page or the department page? Unless its unusual or high profile, our department rarely has stuff about specific calls on it (although our true website does)...we use the FB page for information about the department, public safety announcements, fundraisers, and the like. We update our FB about once a week.

                  I put all kinds of random thoughts on my personal page, but generally not stuff about calls...
                  Last edited by BoxAlarm187; 03-23-2011, 07:49 PM.
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                  • #10
                    yeah, FB and twitter are simply just another tool to get news, updates and reminders out. In this day and age with our economy the way it is you have to be creative and find every way to advertise things like fund raising. It's certainly not for everybody, however it is a growing technology that will leave you behind.

                    My department has policies, but the information we release on our site, twitter & FB are much less detailed than what scanners inform as was stated above. We wait a designated period of time after a house or barn fire before we post pictures. And, if there were any fatalities we don't post them at all. We certainly could, but feel out of respect for the families. We don't post MVA at all. There have been issues with insurance companies, so that's something to think about. I always keep in mind the last thing a person might want to see is their house or car soon after an incident.

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                    • #11
                      We update our department facebook with pictures and info from wrecks and fires. The pictures are always taken either after everything is taken care of or by photographers. We haven't had any pictures that show patients faces but if we did, they would be blurred out as would any other identifying information such as license plates.
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                      • #12
                        I have little problem about posting something general like that. Your friends that may be in the business may be interested and you can talk about it at another time. And other friends not involved may be curious as to what you do.

                        There is the aspect that you open yourself up to litigation by having been at these things and lawyers finding out (FOIL) and if your testimony helps either side, they may use you. However, the few things I've heard FB being used against a member for was when they wrote openly disparaging remarks about their department and got fired. A video posted of a young woman who died in a car wreck, and even more recently, an EMT who posted pictures of a murdered woman. All tasteless and shows a complete lack of common sense and compassion. If you can police yourself and not be a complete idiot, it should be fine.

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                        • #13
                          Our dept. has a fb page. Any big runs that get posted on our website get posted to the fb page. Both are handled by our press/media information officer. Members can comment on the fb page though after they post a story.

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                          • #14
                            I was referring to a personal Facebook page. I'm going to refrain from posting call info from now on (and I've removed previous posts, even though they didn't contain much info).

                            I'll post about other activities such as our upcoming fire training. But I have decided it's best for me not to post call info.

                            Thanks.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gambit7 View Post
                              I was referring to a personal Facebook page. I'm going to refrain from posting call info from now on (and I've removed previous posts, even though they didn't contain much info).

                              I'll post about other activities such as our upcoming fire training. But I have decided it's best for me not to post call info.

                              Thanks.
                              I occasionally see posts amongst my FF FB friends like "just got back from our third call" or "hey, we got a great stop on that one," as well as "don't forget we're doing such-and-such on Friday." Rather the kind of thing you'd say if you ran into each other at the store.

                              I suspect most folks know better than to get too specific, in no small part as the result of the issued mentioned above.

                              On FB you tend not to have the anonymity you have on forums such as this, so what you say can definitely come back to haunt you.

                              Department activities generally only get formal recognition on the department's FB page or website.
                              Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

                              Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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