15 years ago, things were a bit different

15 years ago. Things were a bit different.

626MB on the go w/ Joe Mag

626MB departing with Lead Pilot Joe Mag

Hey Kelly, did you know, I’m still being called “Kaito”?

Kelly and Kaito

Kelly and Kaito

While some of our uniforms or missions or jobs have changed, we will never forget.

Glad to have you around Joe P.

Miss you Bill and Kel.

@rusnivek

Closing PIO & Social Media Session at the 63rd Annual Wayne County Fire School

Presenting today at the 63rd Annual Wayne County Fire School (Ohio).

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And yes, I get to crack the awesome social media jokes on THE Ohio State University campus.

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Lots of Firefighters and Paramedics from all over.

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Many familiar faces in the audience too!

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Event organizers estimate over 100 attendees with numerous vendors on site including Metro LifeFlight, Cleveland Clinic, and MedFlight of Ohio. Helicopters!

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Me? I’m just glad to participate.

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Yep, that’s a suit.

Also, kudos to a fellow Firefighter WHFD FF Gary Klaus who was named this year’s Fire School Honorary Dean.

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Intro music (GNR’s Paradise City) playing for the afternoon session. #excited.

PIO and Social Media skillz in 3…2…1…

@rusnivek

 

My new social media friends in Michigan #NDPTC

Lots of new social media friends in Michigan.

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Many mahalos to the outstanding hosts from the Michigan State University Police Department and the use of their Emergency Operations Center for our #NDPTC class.

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Our class included a social media inject from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

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Lots of discussion on data mining, geolocation, and information gathering including a little real-time people uses and their platforms. How was your coffee Valerie?

The power of social media.

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After class was over, many of the participants (Cooper and Valerie) said to check out the famous MSU Dairy Store.

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Dark, quiet, sadly, no one was home. Promised ice cream but I got nothing. #boo

Maybe next time I instruct in Lansing.

@rusnivek

 

April 2016 was solid, but it’s gonna be May

April 2016 was solid, but it’s gonna be May…..

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Instructors Kevin Sur and Justin Timberlake. Heh.

First week, I will be instructing FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy Program at EMI specifically on Crisis Communications, Public Information Officer, and Social Media. Then heading back to Ohio to teach a basic Public Information Officer’s Course and Joint Information Center/System course (G-290/291) in Summit County. R3 and R5 = Twofer in just the first week!

Second week, I will head back north to Michigan to teach social media at Michigan State University. Then the last half of the week spent in Chicago for meetings with various public safety officials including Chicago Fire.

Third week, we have a State of Ohio Emergency Management Instructors’ Workshop at Ohio EMA in Columbus. Good chance to chat and share successes with our staff – who are all good stewards of Emergency Management. Cbus baby!

Fourth week, I will be instructing in the big DHS/FEMA 2016 National Training and Exercise Symposium at EMI. Whohoo!!! Hoping to catch up to Brian Kamoie and Doc Lumpkins again. Then jetting off to Nebraska to teach Social Media and Crisis Communications in the statewide CPESymposia. R3 and R7 in the hizzouse!

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Yep, it’s a 3-5-7 kinda month – A big month indeed.

@rusnivek

 

New social media class yesterday

NDPTC Class went pretty well yesterday.


Great leadership at Illinois State University’s Emergency Management program.


Glad to have solid instructors with me.


Good meme discussion…


…and great participation from so many public safety professionals.


Just glad to be part of something big.


Reporting live from ISU’s campus in central Illinois…

@rusnivek