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Baltimore FD implement 'strict' social media policy

The new policy is drawing criticism because some say it violates First Amendment rights and was created unilaterally

By Kevin Rector
The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Fire Department has implemented a strict new social media policy for what firefighters can post on Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs — drawing criticism that the department is trampling on First Amendment rights.

Under the policy, 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 crafted the policy to protect firefighters from getting into trouble for sharing sensitive information.

Full story: City fire department implements new social media policy




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Tom Kelly Tom Kelly Friday, November 02, 2012 9:56:39 AM Why does it take a policy for us to do the right thing?
Jeffrey Della Penna Jeffrey Della Penna Friday, November 02, 2012 3:39:03 PM Hrmmm
Joe Courtemanche Joe Courtemanche Friday, November 02, 2012 3:41:32 PM So true!!
Adam Johnston Adam Johnston Friday, November 02, 2012 3:51:30 PM if its policy then the good people shoudnt have a thing to worry about I can see the negitive things being posted about a department or a fire scene example saying that fire was good and hot then a persons family member reads about that now on the other hand about my department we have good team work and we always post that cause it seems like every fire we are normally on the same page.
Kenneth Tull Sr. Kenneth Tull Sr. Friday, November 02, 2012 6:30:26 PM Only idiots would worry about violating Amendments rights - use your brain in a way that God gave it to you to use. Facebook, Twitter etc. have gotten more people in hot water over stupid comments. It's pretty bad when the circulation of events gets to individuals involved by the way of cell phone calls and pictures from cell phone cameras. These usually depict a scene some people don't need to see, but the person sending has no clue that it may be disturbing or out of line. These cell phone calls and photos can circulate around the country in just a few minutes. Good job Baltimore Fire Dept.
Kenneth Tull Sr. Kenneth Tull Sr. Friday, November 02, 2012 6:32:28 PM Because there are too many stupid people out there that don't have a clue what they are doing and make a bad scene for you amd me and we are the good guys.
John Borysewicz John Borysewicz Saturday, November 03, 2012 7:33:55 AM Maybe this will further prevent stuff like some idiot blabbing about the condition of a young accident victim in a bar where relatives are sitting. Remember, if you were on scene and taking pictures, you and your phone can be subpeonaed if there's some kind of litigation.
Monica Frey Eaton Monica Frey Eaton Sunday, November 04, 2012 6:06:20 AM I totally agree with this! Fires and car accidents should not be photoed and then posted online for the world to see! You never know WHO is looking at your FB and what incidents will be investigated!

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