My friend Bill Carey at BackstepFirefighter.com found this interesting video and between the two of us we are going to give the video a lot more views than it deserves. The person taking the video thinks he has a 60 Minutes style expose. To me and many of you, we might as well be watching paint dry.
Shocking news, as noted in the description oberstd9 put with the video-
Five fire fighters of Brooklyn, NY ladder co. 255 take a joy ride in a fire truck to grocery shop at a Brooklyn Shop Rite.
While the man behind the lens knows an injustice when sees one, he doesn't know the difference between an engine company and a ladder company.
As Bill notes, read the comments with the video and you will see just out how outraged this man is.
The good news is that there aren't a lot of people joining him in his displeasure with FDNY on this one. There were only 15 views in 17 days when Bill found it.
Still, the video is a good lesson for everyone. I brought this up three weeks ago when I spoke at the graduation of Arlington County Fire Department Recruit Class 68. While talking about social media ethics, I pointed out that it isn't just what firefighters do while on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter that can cause problems. They will also be under the watchful eye of citizens with cameras on every response and everywhere they go who will be uploading what they find. This is something previous generations of firefighters just didn't have to deal with.
Yes, there were always people in the community complaining that firefighters used the fire truck to go to the grocery store. But now these folks have the visual proof and can't wait to share it with the rest of the world. It is important to be prepared for this by making sure firefighters don't confront the fire paparazzi and, in turn, make things much worse.
Also, my suggestion is fire chiefs should be proactive and confront this head on before the video vigilantes arrive. If you allow your firefighters, EMTs and paramedics to shop with the rigs, provide an explanation on your website and in community meetings. Let the people you serve know up front what your policy is and why it is that way. It will take the wind out of the sails for a lot of these people.
Personally, when I am at the grocery store I am always happy to run into the firefighters who protect me. But I am also not mad at the world thinking public servants only want to screw me and waste my tax money each and every day.