New Social Media Policy for the Baltimore (MD) Fire Department

The city of Baltimore (MD) Fire Department is implementing a new, strict social media policy.

The Baltimore Sun reports ( the policy regulates what firefighters can post on Twitter, Facebook, and personal blogs, drawing some criticism over First Amendment concerns.

Under the policy, fire department personnel can be reprimanded for anything they write online about their jobs that doesn’t adhere to conduct rules, which require “good judgment” and “courtesy and respect to the public and to fellow employees.” The policy also restricts them from sharing information about fire scenes.

Fire Chief James S. Clack said the department created the policy to protect firefighters from getting into trouble for sharing sensitive information.


For more on social media and firefighting, consider Legal Fire Prevention: Social Media Policy, The Latest Danger Facing Today’s Firefighter: Social Media , and The Fire Department and Social Media : What’s Your Policy?.

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