Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Join Us -- Virtual Ride-a-Long This Thursday

On Thursday, March 26, at approximately 7:00 AM personnel at Fire Station #1 in Silver Spring will be participating in a “Virtual Ride-a-Long“ that will be broadcast via Montgomery County Fire and Rescue (MCFRS)  @MCFRSchat Twitter Page as well as occasional posts to the MCFRS Facebook Page. The hashtag for this event will be #mcfrs so that all of you can follow along, and engage us, without having to 'follow' or be 'followed' on the particular social platforms. 

Acting Fire Chief Scott Goldstein indicates the purpose behind this pilot initiative is to engage YOU, the residents we serve, in an innovative way and provide you an almost real time view as to what occurs during a “typical” 24-hour shift, in this case at a busy Paramedic Engine Company. Social media allows us an unique opportunity to bring you, in a “virtual” manner, into “our world.” and allows us to interact with the community.  You will “visit” a fire and rescue station and, where appropriate, be able to observe various 911 responses which highlight the outstanding work Montgomery County firefighters provide on a daily basis. 

Lieutenant Robert Furst, with some support from our Office of Public Information and Outreach, will be the lead “tweeter” on this initiative. He will be sending “tweets from the street.”  

It must be emphasized that Lieutenant Furst’s primary responsibility will be to his operational obligations and he will not be engaging in tweets/social media of any kind that would distract from the response too, and mitigation of, any emergency situations. Lieutenant Furst anticipates providing public updates until approximately 9:00 P.M. and will only provide social interaction after that if he feels appropriate.

We look forward to providing you 'A day in the life.......'

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