Report: FDNY EMS Workers Post Gory, Private Pictures on Social Media

A recent news report highlighted several instances of Fire Department of New York (FDNY) EMS workers posting graphic pictures of patients online.

The New York Post reports (http://bit.ly/YWXkjL) that, in defiance of New York City city rules and federal privacy laws, some first responders are posting photos of the ill, injured, or dead without permission on social media sites like Facebook. Some of the photos the report cited are intended to poke fun, such as doctored images of bariatric patients; others show the gory details typical of incident scenes.

The Post report prompted the fire department to suspend one implicated member for 30 days and launched a probe of another with the city Department of Investigation.

The revelations come on the heels of another recent report on social-media misbehavior by a lieutenant publishing racist rants on the Internet. Earlier this month, the son of Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano quit accused of posting racist and offensive messages on the social media service Twitter.

Read additional details on this situation at http://bit.ly/YWXkjL.

For more on social media use by the fire service, consider New Social Media Policy for the Baltimore (MD) Fire Department,, The Latest Danger Facing Today's Firefighter: Social Media, The Fire Department and Social Media : What's Your Policy?, Public Education: The Fire Service and Social Media : Time to Get Engaged and Legal Fire Prevention: Social Media Policy.

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