One of the very first government twitter feeds I started following belonged to the DC Fire & EMS department, who tweeted short notices about a fire’s location, seriousness of the incident, and often provided updates. They were a quick way to a corroborate a problem across town, to give you a heads up about something that might be happening.
You’ll notice that @dcfireems has been pretty quiet. Yesterday it was revealed that the department brass wasn’t happy with the job that PIO Pete Piringer was doing with the account and they were taking measures to protect themselves.
The outpouring of frustration was pretty voluminous. Thankfully, the Department is listening, and today Tim Craig from the Post has good news for DC Tweeters: “Breaking Twitter News @dcfireems will resume today. Fire PIO Piringer will be tweeter, as had been case. He will also have backup. No filter”
Whew. Maybe social media isn’t just for partying?