Ellen Perlman: Crazy Cool in L.A.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007 |

From our friends at Governing.com:

Crazy Cool in L.A.
by Ellen Perlman

A fire department taps into microblogging to keep itself on top of situations.

Last May, Los Angeles firefighters had their hands full. A blaze was spreading through 800 acres of Griffith Park but they only knew what was happening from the side of the fire where their trucks were parked. To get a sense of the extent of the conflagration, firefighter Brian Humphrey sent messages to strangers on the other side of the fire - explaining who he was and asking... (read more)


Learn about the free LAFD_ALERT and Twitter 'breaking news' notification systems mentioned in Governing.com, by viewing this earlier post or visiting:

www.lafd.org/alert

www.lafd.org/twitter


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brian, is there some reason you aren't the Chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 9:04,

...there are probably many reasons, not the least of which is that I am not qualified for such a job! :)

Thanks for taking the time to write. Happy Holidays!

Respectfully Yours In Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Patnetpatnet said...

Brian, I've mentioned this story in www.EmergingEmergency.com

Thanks for the updates.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

patnetpatnet,

Thanks for the kind comments, and your blog entry mentioning the interview.

If there is one thing I like to emphasize time and again, its that "we can no longer afford to work at the speed of government". :)

Respectfully Yours In Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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