01/10/08 133 W - + 11 - 10 Dave Statter on Cameras and First Responders

Journalist and blogger Dave Statter has been offering some interesting perspectives of late on the subject of responders and cameras and the Internet. His latest column includes compelling commentary from an Assistant Content Editor at firehouse.com. How will departments deal with Internet-enabled photography? The guest columnist imagines divergent paths. Some departments "recognize their strengths, weaknesses, shortcomings and will take advantage of every opportunity a photograph or video presents in order to continually train its officers and members and build on their relation with the public." Others will "become immediate media censors, clamping down on images captured even by their own members, and decrying the invasion of the fireground by a documenting outsider." And he sees greater value in the former, than the latter. Good reading.

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