D.C. Fire Department Unveils New Social Media Policy

D.C. Fire and EMS recently unveiled a new social media policy that that bans fire department employees from taking photos or video of fire or accident scenes while on the job and from transmitting such images to the media or other organizations.

The Washington Times reported (http://bit.ly/Jx0Xfi) that the new policy may endanger the D.C. fire union’s Twitter account. The move is reportedly as part of an effort to create consistent social media policies among D.C. agencies, and comes in the wake of the department moving to encrypt radio communications in the wake of the shooting at the Navy Yard last year.

The order states that employees are banned from posting “images of any other Department employee or official Department activities on their personal social media pages,” or transmitting pictures, depictions, or a description of any crime, fire, or accident as well as any patients or victims, according to the Times.

Read more at http://bit.ly/Jx0Xfi.

For more on how fire departments are dealing with social media, consider Public Education: The Fire Service and Social Media : Time to Get Engaged, Social Media Helps and Hinders in Rim Fire, Legal Fire Prevention: Social Media Policy, The Latest Danger Facing Today’s Firefighter: Social Media, The Boston Fire Department Makes Use of Web Social Media , and Social Media Concerns During Emergencies and Incidents: Lessons from a Recent Tragedy.



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