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Social Media in Fire Service Communication

June 26, 2024

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In this episode of Fire Headlines, host Samantha Didion delves into the topic of social media’s impact on fire service communication, exploring innovative strategies and the inherent challenges. She is joined by Chief Bob Horton, who provides his expert insights on leveraging various media platforms to enhance community outreach and education. Together, they examine the increasing reliance on social media for disseminating vital information, starting with a fascinating case study from the Daily Dispatch about a woman using TikTok to educate people on handling grease fires.

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Discover insights on using social media for effective fire service communication, community trust, and timely updates on the latest episode of WFCA’s Fire Headlines Podcast.

In this episode of Fire Headlines, host Samantha Didion delves into the topic of social media’s impact on fire service communication, exploring innovative strategies and the inherent challenges. She is joined by Chief Bob Horton, who provides his expert insights on leveraging various media platforms to enhance community outreach and education. Together, they examine the increasing reliance on social media for disseminating vital information, starting with a fascinating case study from the Daily Dispatch about a woman using TikTok to educate people on handling grease fires.

Evolution of Communication Strategies

Chief Horton reflects on the significant evolution in communication strategies within the fire service. He emphasizes the transition from traditional news outlets to modern platforms like social media, direct mail, and other digital methods. This shift aims to ensure that safety messages reach a diverse audience quickly and effectively. Horton highlights the importance of fire agencies positioning themselves as credible sources of information, and sharing best practices for crafting clear, accurate, and timely messages to build and maintain trust within the community.

Community Engagement: Building Trust and Proactive Storytelling

A major theme in the discussion is the necessity of building and maintaining trust with the community. Chief Horton elaborates on the role of proactive storytelling in controlling narratives and preventing misinformation. He stresses the need for transparency and consistency in communication efforts to enhance public trust. The conversation touches on the challenges of balancing timely updates with accuracy and dealing with the permanence of online posts under public records laws, illustrating the complexities fire agencies face in the digital age.

The discussion also covers the strategic integration of various communication channels to maximize reach and impact. Chief Horton emphasizes the importance of using all available methods to ensure messages are accessible to different demographics within the community. He discusses the benefits of combining traditional media, social media, and direct engagement to create a cohesive and comprehensive communication strategy. This multi-faceted approach is essential for effectively disseminating safety messages and ensuring community members are well-informed and prepared.

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