Working with Univision to get our message out in Spanish 

Great day working with Univision from Miami.


Sharing the message from our FEMA on registering on disasterassistance.gov is a great way to start the process on various programs. But sharing it statewide is great too!


Reaching audiences in various languages allows our information to proliferate into various communities throughout different communities affected by the Cat-4 hurricane.


Additionally sharing the recovery message with our partners like Small Business Administration (SBA) – showcases the skills of government agencies working together.

  • “We are working closely with our partner in public safety to ensure that everyone gets disaster assistance.”
  • “It’ll be a long road ahead, but millions of dollars have been approved for disaster assistance to Floridians for Hurricane Irma recovery.”
  • “This is what we train for, this is what we do.”

Glad we prepped and hit questions that could be used across various communities. #syndication

@rusnivek

“Never underestimate the power of your water can.” – Lt. Chris Goldsworth

I was cleaning out a few older files from my cabinet and I came across an old gem from (now retired) Lt. Chris Goldsworth and his love for his water can.

This short video from Bellerose Terrace in New York exemplifies the effectiveness of a water can.

Aside from the 1 3/4, think about the lonely water can which sits poised to do some work.

“Never underestimate the power of your water can.” – Lt. Chris Goldsworth

Stay safe!

@rusnivek

 

This kind of parking is unacceptable #Chicago #Fire #Police

One thing that bothers me is idiots who park in front of a hydrant.

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Not like 30-seconds, but more like hours and hours and hours.

THIS IS A BLATANT DISREGARD FOR SAFETY!

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So I called my friends at Chicago Fire Engine-35, Truck-28, Ambulance-62, Battalion-17 who advised that I call Chicago Police and inform them.

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So I did. Chicago Police promptly showed up and ticketed the car. #booya

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Hey Jagoff – enjoy your $150 ticket #0964100A (Within 15′ of fire hydrant).

Then a tow truck (hook) showed up and made my night because….

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…I now have full hydrant access again.

Hey Jagoff! Now enjoy your $150 charge for towing your vehicle and $20 storage fee.

Expensive night out for your blatant disregard of public safety. Hope it was worth it.

Friendly reminder to anyone: Don’t park in front of fire hydrants. Ever.

@rusnivek

 

Large header in Columbus #fire 

Made a pit stop in Columbus today, and walked out to a header. Upon closer look…


I followed Truck-2 in.

 


Smelled different than a normal work.



All the foncy trucks attended. But sadly, it was only mulch. Basically large open burning.


Oh well.

But hey, at least the sun was out.


Spending my Sunday alongside @nbc4i , I’m @rusnivek


Reporting live from the working mulch fire…

@rusnivek

Gigantic fireball likely #DFT2015

How big of a fire could it be?

123

Well, that escalated quickly.

Maybe I should wear all of my protective gear. Check out this professional. Shorts? No gloves? No problem!

Winner winner 3rd degree burns!!!!

What do the pros have to say? Here’s the NFPA’s fact sheet that says don’t do it.

Grrrrrrrrrreat – I’m gonna die.

Soooooooooo, here’s tonight’s prevention steps:

  1. Thawing my frozen turkey tonight in my fridge.
  2. Checking my fire extinguishers (yes, that’s plural)
  3. Debate on using my talon hook or my halligan for rapid turkey extraction (I think I’m favoring the Talon hook bec it’s longer).

What’s the number for 9-1-1?

@rusnivek

Pushing the envelope and advice

Not going to lie…I think I’ve been working too hard. I haven’t been getting enough sleep and I’ve been pushing the envelope a bit much.

Those on the inner circle know.

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Leaders frequently walk alone.

Gah, I wish I had this view again.

On this Aloha Friday, I am reminded by my late Grandparents who frequently said to me, “stop and smell the roses.

I should listen more often.

Enjoy your Aloha Friday everyone.

@rusnivek

Immediate evac? Command decision? or Additional companies?

To my Firefighter peeps – Watch this video below. Few questions for you to ponder:

1. Just by observation, did the conditions necessitate the immediate evacuation from large residential structure?

2. Should Command have known of conditions in the 360/scene size-up to pull crews out?

3. Do Truck companies with tools and ladders or even a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) exist in other municipalities?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=128&v=NrUFYseJwBE

Share with your duty crews.

And more importantly, to all the Dads out there, Happy Father’s Day!

@rusnivek

My first tiller response

I was just talking about my first tiller ride…

Speaking of Tillers, here’s a great example of the communications between Driver and Tillerman to get through light traffic.

Me? My first Tiller ride? I was lucky. Reported working fire!

Thanks to the crews at Hyattsville Fire Truck-1, Engine-1, and Rescue-1.

@rusnivek

We got a #FacebookDown-Safety-PIO-SM-14-009

14-009: We got a FacebookDown
Agency: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. Topic(s):         Non-related current event messages
Date: Fall 2014 Platform:        Facebook and Twitter

Just like any other service, social media platforms are bound to go down. And when that happens, a small amount of the population does NOT know how to react appropriately. Some residents of California decided that calling 9-1-1 was their only resort to getting logged back into Facebook.

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Ahem. Clearly, this is NOT an emergency. Sgt Brink is right in making it very clear to his audience (on Twitter) that Facebook’s non-service is not a Law Enforcement issue. Common sense right?

Most agencies should have an easy contingency plan when this type of situation happens. Social Media postings and engagement will help decrease calls to various public safety agencies…including during non-emergency times. So having this type of canned responses ready to push out when a major social media platform has the hiccups, might help your constituents navigate their (loss of) digital life. Additional use of a trending hashtag will bring more visibility to your post by informing others of actions, or in this case, non-actions.

A more effective tweet could have read:

#Facebook is NOT a law enforcement issue. Pls don’t call us about it being down, we don’t know when FB will be back up #facebookdown

By phrasing it this way:

  1. You sternly address that this social media platform is NOT a law enforcement matter (duh).
  2. You use a hashtags that is trending (#Facebookdown) that will help increase visibility in your tweets.
  3. You highlight the importance of being current and active on recent news/events.
  4. You stress the importance of engaging with your social media users on various social media platforms.

Time is valuable, so tweet good stuff.

 

@rusnivek

 

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