Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Etc.) Concerns (coming soon)

With social media being a large concern for emergency responders, it is very important to be aware of our liability and how we can protect ourselves through education and creation of policy. Below are links that will provide examples of current issues with emergency services and social media. Also provided are examples of social media policies/SOGs.

PFESI Release: Labor board rules ambulance company illegally fired EMT for posting criticism of boss on Facebook (coming soon)

This news release from PFESI comes from STATter911.com and tells about the ground breaking instance where an EMT was fired for criticism of a boss on Facebook. The EMT took it to court and the firing was found to be illegal.

Sample Memo Regarding Pictures, Video and Social Media (coming soon)

Provided by Sr. Deputy Chief 43A Johnathan D. Howard of Bowie Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc.(MD)

Sample Cell Phone Camera Use Policy
Provided by Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC

Sample Computer, Internet and Network SOG
Provided by the McCalmon Group, Inc.

Sample Social Media/Open Forums SOG (coming soon)

Provided by the McCalmon Group, Inc.

Sample Generic Communication Policy (coming soon)

Upper Merion Fire Department: Using a spreadsheet to look at the cost of going career (coming soon)

This spreadsheet was created to simply enter the number of fire apparatus and the initial salary for a firefighter. The spreadsheet will determine how many fire fighters and their salaries, given a 10% step for each position.

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