EMS Tips Social Media Tips

Facebook: Power for EMS Good or a Nefarious Tool for Evil?

In preparation for the Pinnacle EMS 2016 conference I wrote this article:

How to use Facebook to announce an EMS LODD

A LODD is unpredictable, but like any other low-frequency, high-consequence incidents, pre-planning is critical to how your department will communicate with personnel and to the public. My ideas on using Facebook for LODD notification  are based on observing department communications after dozens of LODD. The intent of the tips is to lighten, even by a small amount, the burden of tasks that will rapidly become all-encompassing for department officers and officials.

Of course, paramedics, cops and firefighters continue to use Facebook to expedite the end of their public service career. Art Hsieh, EMS1 editorial advisor, thoughtfully asks, Is your paramedic career worth more than a Facebook post?

The slides I presented Friday morning at Pinnacle, Preparing for Sentinel EMS Events, can be viewed on EMS1, on SlideShare or embedded below.

Preparing for Sentinel EMS News Events from Greg Friese

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.