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    Does your dept have a facebook page?...and if you do what are some things that are posted to it.
    I was going to make a page for my dept and post pictures, fire safety tips, any call info( time, address, nature of call, etc.) that would normally go into newpapers and public appearances or fund raisers.
    Also might use it to remind members of special work nights, drills, etc.
    "If I'm not back in five minutes.. wait longer."

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    http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php...0906268&ref=ts
    There is no such thing as to much fire.....
    only not enought water

    see you on the big one

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    • #3
      Our Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php...7779950&v=wall

      The admin clears all pictures with the Chief prior to posting them.

      I know of another department in my region that runs their Facebook group as a private group for Fire department members only. They post all training information, drill schedules etc there.

      If someone has a question about an upcoming event, they ask there.

      I think a private group like that would be useful if it was used.

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      • #4
        My department has a facebook page.
        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Buckfi...t/306175044641

        A friend and I who are younger more tech savvy members of the dept. created the page. The chief liked it and a some of the other members like the idea and the page, for a number of reasons such as: the ability to post meeting and training times ahead of time for everyone to see, the ability to inform the public of fund raisers and dept. sponsored events that will be going on. To give the public information on things they might not otherwise know about. and to post pictures and such of our department in action to give the public a view that they might not normally see, or to see what their money is buying. Its also an extremely easy and effective way to reach alot of people very quickly.

        A few of the older members of the department absolutely despise the page and think that it needs to be deleted immediately because we could spread a negative view of the dept, and that its inappropriate to post pictures of us in action. I feel that as long as pictures that do not show any victims, or other people that pictures would be ok to put up with permission from the FFs or people that they are taken of.

        Its also slightly comical that these members do no like the facebook page, we used every single bit of information posted on the towns website to make the page, and these members like the page alot.
        oh well cant do anything right.

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        • #5
          The city officially has a FB page, but the FD (we are paid career) does not. However, we have a group where membership has to be approved, but I don't think I ever see much come out on it. Out union does have a FB group (again, must be approved) and they usually send out special event messages and the such.

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          • #6
            Other than being the fad of the moment, what benefit, or purpose, do you see in having a "facebook page" if you have a website?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by neiowa View Post
              Other than being the fad of the moment, what benefit, or purpose, do you see in having a "facebook page" if you have a website?
              Totally agree, Brother.

              Too much private infomation being posted on that venue.
              Stay Safe and Well Out There....

              Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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              • #8
                Originally posted by neiowa View Post
                Other than being the fad of the moment, what benefit, or purpose, do you see in having a "facebook page" if you have a website?
                I think it's safe to say that FB has long passed the "fad of the moment" stage. A FB page has some advantages and built-in features that are difficult to duplicate on a typical free website and not every department has a resident computer geek to run an advanced website or the budget to pay someone else to do it.

                A good public relations campaign makes use of multiple media outlets to get the most reach with their message. Even if one considers FB a "fad," it's a very popular fad at the moment and can reach a large audience with minimal investment. It's just one tool in the PIO's toolbox.
                "Nemo Plus Voluptatis Quam Nos Habant"
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                • #9
                  We've got a FB page on which coming events and a few pictures are posted.

                  Our dispatch text messages are also forwarded there, although it's just the first line. I'll usually go in later and comment a few more basics, as appropriate (ie, no specifics for EMS calls, often just "EMS").

                  Gives our "fans" a taste of what we're up to.
                  Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

                  Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by neiowa View Post
                    Other than being the fad of the moment, what benefit, or purpose, do you see in having a "facebook page" if you have a website?
                    Facebook has moved far beyond the fad of the moment. It's become a mainstream media outlet for many businesses, industries, non-profits, and the like.

                    Our VFD maintains both a website and a Facebook page. The website allows us to customize things more than the Facebook page, go into more detail, and things off that nature. However, the Facebook page is viewed far more often than the website, and it's brevity is more appealing to a lot of people who want an idea of what the local FD is doing and then move on from there.

                    The articles on the website tend to be written in more of a technical jargon sometimes since we've found it's mostly fire department folks reading the website, where as the Facebook page has a much broader reach, so those articles are written to appeal to the public.

                    Our statewide fire training & administration agency started doing all of their press releases via Facebook last month, for what it's worth.
                    Last edited by BoxAlarm187; 07-12-2010, 12:42 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by neiowa View Post
                      Other than being the fad of the moment, what benefit, or purpose, do you see in having a "facebook page" if you have a website?
                      Not to sound rude but, how many people do you honestly think would check the website of a small volunteer dept. with 20 or so members and covering about 2500 people. If i wanted people to know we were having a fundraiser, or were going to be checking hydrants a particular day i would get the information to far more people with the facebook page, than i would by posting it on the website. I would put a wager on the table that many of the people in my town had no idea that there was even a Fire dept website. Not to mention the website isnt kept up to date much of the time. I think that if you keep the facebook page professional and keep it clean it is a valid and great way to spread information.
                      I know that a dept near mine posts daily on their facebook the daily fire conditions and class days and gives the availibility of burn permits. They also post severe or abnormal weather updates as they come in.
                      There really are alot of things that you can do with facebook if you keep it clean.

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                      • #12
                        My department has a FB page. Ironically, FB is also blocked by the department's firewall...
                        So you call this your free country
                        Tell me why it costs so much to live
                        -3dd

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                        • #13
                          Facebook actually represents a huge security risk and is blocked by many organizations for just that purpose. Also, many organizations have a policy that states the computers and equipment are to be used for official use or business use only. This is also done to prevent users from going to potentially malicious sites or even innocuous or benign sites (ie News sites) that have been infected. Sites such as eBay, Google, and Yahoo to name a couple have been known to host malicious content from time to time.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
                            Facebook actually represents a huge security risk
                            Not really. Typically when FB is blocked it's by businesses not wanting their employees off surfing on social websites; not because of security concerns.
                            "Nemo Plus Voluptatis Quam Nos Habant"
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                            • #15
                              If the city I worked in or lived in had a FB page for the FD or PD, I'd like it. That way, I could get updates about things in the community IF the dept is handling it well. Post stuff once or twice a day and keep it short and relevant.

                              - Increased vehicle thefts from the Ralphs on Main St... don't forget to lock you cars.
                              - Single Family Fire on Apple St at 4:38 am. 17 FFs responded in 8 apparatus and the fire was under control in 30 min.

                              Partly b/c I'm nosy and I like to know what's going on. But it would still be a good PR idea too.

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