Dave Statter at Statter911.com is reporting on an interesting story out of Weston, MO. On July 4, the owner of an antique store died in a daytime fire. On July 11, some two citizens presented a video to the city council and claiming it shows a 14-minute delay before water was put on the fire. One of the chiefs on the departments on scene disputes the account. Dave has two reports, his initial story with news links and news video clips. And a second posting, with a longer, raw video clip.
There are number things to think about and maybe discuss, either here or on Dave's site. (Some two dozen reader comments have already been posted to the two posts.) Citizens with cameras. Everyone's carrying one, notably as part of their cell phones. Cameras that record video are become equally ubiquitous. (That's a 50-cent word, there.) Thus a reasonable likelihood that a daytime fire in any populated area is going to produce footage that reasonably documents a department's activities.
Another is public relations, which Dave has long-addressed on his blog. When things go wrong or bad things happen, he has long-advocated, commence public speaking. Release available information. Talk to the media. Don't hide. Don't avoid. (Very short summary there. He does himself far better justice. And which is why he's on a panel about social media at the Baltimore Fire Expo next week.)
Citizen perception and citizen reaction is also exemplified in the story. The reader comments provide good perspective here. One reader, named Barry, notes: "From my experience, sidewalk critics of fireground operations are not really attacking the fire department. Sidewalk critics are in shock because they feel helpless in having to stand by and watch property destroyed and lives lost." Good perspective. Read the stories on Statter911.com yourself, and discuss as desired. Here or there.
Pretty bad when the guy on the tip has to run to the pump panel and pull a prime.
To my Brothers and SIsters in blue that follow this site, please, for the love of God, STAY WITH YOUR DAMN CAR!!! This won’t change until someone mans up and pushes that little Crown Vic out of the way with their bumper. When you block the road, then lock and leave your car to watch men at work, while the intent is meant no harm I’m sure, you are also blocking the road to fire department vehicles that need to get in place. Thanks!!
Silver - 07/13/11 - 14:37
Thanks for quoting my comment from statter911.com. Further commentary later today on pipenozzle.com on both the fire, the civilian reaction, and the media coverage from Kansas City.
Barry Greer (Email) (Web Site) - 07/15/11 - 13:03