"The Houston Fire Department has launched an investigation into offensive comments a firefighter allegedly posted on his personal Facebook page while he was searching for a drowning victim. The post on Kerry Williams' page called the victim, Victor Gonzalez, a "drunk Mexican" and when the fire department's search was over the post read, "We are done with our search no body recover (sic) and no 'drunk Mexican.'" His daughter is furious about the post and is demanding Williams' termination. "How dare you sit there and talk about my father like that?" questioned Gracie Gonzalez."
The full article can be found here: http://abc13.com/news/facebook-comment-made-about-drowning-victim-sparks-hfd-probe/149074
This troubling story brings to the light the importance of having a set Social Media policy in place at your department. Even if you already have one in place, it is a good idea to review existing policies with all Fire & EMS employees frequently. Below are a few links/tools to help you:
Online Course on Social Media and Emergency Services:
Social Media Communique:
SOCIAL MEDIA: Postings May Compel ESOs to Take Disciplinary Action:
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As promised here is a copy of The Power of Social Media PowerPoint we presented during the 2013 State Benefits Summit @ TEEX in College Station. This was designed as a crash course in social media, so it covers the basics as well as best practices for many different social networks. Please feel free to SHARE it with anyone in need, however we ask that you please credit us if doing so. Enjoy! If you have any questions, please e-mail Kash Sarkaria at email@example.com.
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