Here is a pre-view of what you will hear about at the Social Media Seminar in Keene next Saturday 9/21/2013. There are still seats available. Sign up before the deadline at 1800 on Sunday 9/15/2013. To sign up send an e-mail to Be sure to include your name and your department name. The Seminar is open to all Public Safety Personnel. LOCATION: Best Western Hotel. 401 Winchester St. in Keene, NH TIME: 08:00 - 16:00

Morning Session

Fire & EMS Digital Imagery and Social Media Challenges

A firefighter takes a video with his cellphone at an emergency scene, forwards it to a buddy who is off-duty, and before the companies return to quarters, the video has gone viral on the internet. Sound far fetched? If you have been watching the headlines, you’ll notice that the world is changing… QUICKLY. As a result fire departments policies are playing catch up with technology and new fads. Learn how to avoid digital media traps and develop sound and defensible social media polices while still having access to needed fireground photography for training purposes. Real-life cases from the past three years are analyzed from the perspective of consequences to firefighters and departments arising from posting photos and videos on the Internet.

Social media has been both a blessing and a curse for the fire service, but one thing is undeniable: social media with all its problems is here to stay. The law that applies to social media has been evolving and continues to evolve, with new cases and considerations arising daily. This program will focus on the latest social media cases affecting the fire service, and the lessons learned for fire departments and firefighters. Stay current on this evolving problem and learn what new concerns your policies need to address.

Afternoon Session

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Leadership Case Studies.

· Firefighters are accused of allowing their apparatus to be used in a porn movie

· Following an apparatus crash firefighters try to cover-up drunk driving by the truck’s driver

· Two EMTs refuse to come to the aid of a dying woman because they were on a coffee break

· A firefighter is sued for violating a photographer’s 1st Amendment rights at an accident scene

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the fire service. Firefighters arrested. Fire departments sued. Sex scandals. Drinking scandals. Social media scandals. Testing scandals. Beneath the headlines are stories of individuals who made choices and mistakes. This entertaining program takes an in depth look at a series of case studies that pose serious leadership challenges to fire and emergency service organizations.