Fire EMS

Working with the Media

Issue 10 and Volume 148.

Working with the Media BY JON HANSEN Working with the media in a large-scale disaster can be a real challenge. The local news media were on the scene of the bombing almost as soon as some of the rescuers. The Oklahoma City Police Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol were first to establish the media area. The Oklahoma City Fire Department was involved in command control, setting up the incident command system, and rescue operations. We have worked long and hard to develop a professional working relationship with local media, which paid off during the bombing disaster. Our working relationship was such that the print and electronic media were very helpful in assisting us when we asked for goods and services and asked people to stay out of the downtown area and off the phones. The key to such professionalism is establishing a good working relationship prior to an incident. Our…

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