11/07/13 421 W - + 5 - 10 UPDATED: Social Media Review - North Carolina Fire Departments

See part two of this series.

For your evening amusement, here's a chart showing social media channels used by the state's largest municipal fire departments. (Based on city size. What city departments are missing, as well as county or institutional departments of comparable size?) Linked are web sites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and Flickr sites. Plus "related" sites, of assorted sorts. (Current/active related sites. Didn't include any that haven't been updated in a while.) Please provide edits as needed. Curious about the size of each department's public information office. Which have full- (sole duties) versus part-time PIOs, and how many? Readers, please provide input. Send me a message, or post here. We'll update our chart accordingly.

Department Web Site Blog Facebook Twitter Other Related Sites Public Information Officer
Asheville Yes Yes Yes Yes Flickr AFD IAFF Local
Asheville Fire Explorers
Asheville FF Pipes & Drums (FB)
Yes, Senior Specialist who is combination
PIO and public education leader.
Cary Yes     Yes (public safety)      
Charlotte Yes Yes Yes Yes Flickr CFD IAFF Local
CFD Station 16 (FB)
Yes, two Captains and firefighter
comprise office. Web site.
Bio #1.
Bio #2.
Concord Yes         CFD IAFF Local
Concord Fire Explorers
Durham Yes   Yes     DFD IAFF Local
DFD Station 2 (FB)
DFD Unofficial
Yes, combination PIO and Public
Education Coordinator.
Fayetteville Yes   Yes     FFD IAFF Local
Gastonia Yes         GFD Station 4 (FB) Yes, combination Fire Inspector and PIO.
Greensboro Yes   Yes Yes   GFD IAFF Local
GFD Eastside Hose (FB group)
GFD Station 10 (FB)
Yes, role performed by Asst. Chief/
Fire Marshal (?)
Greenville Yes   Yes     GFD IAFF Local  
High Point Yes   Yes     HPFD IAFF Local
HPFD Unofficial
Yes, Captain who is combination PIO and
Community Relations Officer. Web site.
Raleigh Yes         RFD IAFF Local
RFD Newsletter
RFD Unofficial
Raleigh Fire Explorers (FB)
Raleigh Fire Museum
Raleigh Fire Museum (FB)
Yes, role performed by Asst. Chief/
Fire Marshal
Rocky Mount Yes   Yes Yes      
Wilmington Yes   Yes Yes
(Not very active)
  WFD Station 2 (FB)
WFD Station 7 (FB)
WFD Station 9 (FB)
Wilmington Firefighters Memorial
Yes, rank of Battalion Chief. Web site.
Winston-Salem Yes         WSFD IAFF Local
Winston-Salem Fire Explorers

Chapel Hill Fire-Rescue


Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ChapelHillFireDepartment?ref=br_tf

no twitter feed yet, but we do provide an audio feed for the world to enjoy at:


CHFFA Local 2580 at:


As far as PIO, we have two, a primary and a back up. In their absence the Battalion Chief’s or Shift Fire Marshal’s handle interviews and press releases.
Sasser (Email) - 11/08/13 - 09:10

For inputs on public information officers, if possible, please indicate if those are sole duties of the person, or part of another role. Alas, there probably aren’t too many full-time FD PIOs (who only perform as PIOs) in our state.
Legeros - 11/08/13 - 09:15

In the CHFD, the PIO is a shared job responsibility. It’s not a full time position.
Sasser (Email) - 11/08/13 - 10:04

Wilmington Facebook
Wilmington Twitter (Not Very Active)
Station #9
Station #7
MCNelson (Email) - 11/11/13 - 15:49

Engine 3, Wilmington

Ryan - 11/18/13 - 20:43

Remember personal info?

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