Fire Department Tweets Updates

| January 27, 2013 | 11:24 pm
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The Warrensburg Fire Department now has a Twitter Account.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Fire Chief Phil Johnston:

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Johnston said one useful purpose of the account will be to notify the public why emergency crews may be responding to an address.  They hope to bring updates to the public regarding emergency information such as severe weather, and why emergency crews might be responding to an area.

“We’re concentrating our Fire Department interests in providing notification to people that what want to know what we’re doing and what’s taking place in Warrensburg,” said Johnston, “Twitter seems, to us, to be the quickest way we can get information out to people.  And we want to get it quickly, especially if it’s involving severe weather or the public wants to know why we have a lot of fire trucks concentrated in an area, we can do it from our cell phones.”

The Warrensburg Fire Department’s Twitter handle is @WBG_FIRE_OEM.

Press Release from the Warrensburg Fire Department

The Warrensburg Fire Department is now distributing information via Twitter. Because the Fire Chief also serves as the City’s emergency management coordinator, the Twitter account name is:

@WBG_FIRE_OEM

and indicates the Twitter account is for the Fire Department and the City’s Office of Emergency Management. Fire Chief Phil Johnston will be managing and monitoring the Twitter account.

Examples of information available via Twitter include updates regarding some of the fires and emergencies to which the Fire Department responds, fire prevention and emergency preparedness information, details about fire and emergency related events in Warrensburg, and messages regarding fire prevention, safety and emergency management.

In certain instances, near real-time updates will be provided regarding Fire Department incidents as well as special weather bulletins of local interest. Information will not be distributed regarding incidents or activities of other City departments. The Twitter account for the City of Warrensburg is @CityWarrensburg.

“We want Twitter to be a means of distributing normal as well as time-sensitive information,” Johnston noted, “and we want our residents to know about our activities and the ways they can improve their safety.”

Twitter is a free service that can be acquired easily through a simple registration process. Twitter applications exist for smartphones, and Internet access to Twitter is available at http://www.twitter.com, and our Twitter account can be viewed by going to https://www.twitter.com/wbg_fire_oem

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