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Blog lets you be part of fire dept.’s ‘inner circle’

Blog lets you be part of fire dept.’s ‘inner circle’

Briefings, news, etc. now available on web
By SUSAN LEATHERS
Brentwood Home Page

From May 29 through June 6, Brentwood Fire & Rescue responded to four fires, 40 emergency medical and rescue calls, four hazardous conditions, service calls, four good intent calls and, yes, 23, false calls. No one told me that. I learned it on the department’s new blog, www.brentwoodfirerescue.blogspot.com.

Briefings, news, etc. now available on web
By SUSAN LEATHERS
Brentwood Home Page

From May 29 through June 6, Brentwood Fire & Rescue responded to four fires, 40 emergency medical and rescue calls, four hazardous conditions, service calls, four good intent calls and, yes, 23, false calls.

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No one told me that. I learned it on the department’s new blog, www.brentwoodfirerescue.blogspot.com. Through the new site, local residents can be informed on a weekly basis about recent incidents, training events, and general department news. The idea is to make residents feel like their in the inner circle of the fire department without working the long hours.

Launched this week, the new blog offers the public a way to get briefed directly by the fire chief about that fire you saw or the medical call down the street.

“It really was the brainchild of firefighter Jay Williams who did a similar one in Torrance, Calif. before he joined our department,” Asst. Fire Chief Brian Goss explained Thursday. “He asked if we could do something like that here.”

It is strictly a one-way communication, Goss said. No one can leave comments on the blog. It is only there to provide information.  

After the initial launch on Tuesday, a concern by new City Commissioner Jill Burgin on the amount of medical information provided in the report has been addressed, Goss said. “Some of the postings went into too much detail and some we’ve just taken down completely.”

“We want to be sensitive,” Goss continued. After tweaking the blog over the past two days, “we’re in a good spot now.”

The blog has photos, briefings and news releases. Citizens can also sign up for briefings to be automatically sent to their email account. 

“The Fire Chief’s Briefing is a free service to help our citizens become better informed about what their fire and rescue department is up to on a day-to-day basis,” Goss stated. “It comes out of the city’s Strategic Plan, in response to the public saying ‘We want to know more about what you do.’”

Another way to learn about the department is as a participant in its Citizens Fire Academy, which begins soon. For more information on that, the department and fire safety tips, visit brentwoodfirerescue.com.

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