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Pinch VFD embraces social media to get alerts out fast

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Chief David Wagoner approved a Twitter account for his department last month. Chief David Wagoner approved a Twitter account for his department last month.

A reluctant fire chiefin our region is now embracing social media as a the way of the future.  He said it's all about getting instant alerts out quickly so youknow what to expect on the roads.

 "It was limited information.  It was quick information.  Once it was out, it was out fast," said PinchVolunteer Firefighter Patrick Clark.

That's why the PinchVolunteer Fire Department started using something some might call trendy.  Chief David Wagoner said, "We want to bethat department, that public service agency, that the citizens we serve cantrust."

A little more than amonth ago, Clark, put an idea on the table. He wanted to start a Twitter account. Clark said the chief wasn't immediately sold on the idea, butonce he saw the benefits of social media, they jumped on board.

"Even though he hasnothing to do with social media, he's received nothing but positive feedbackfrom it," Clark said.

Wagoner added, "Theyoung guys here know what's going on. They're well-trained.  After it was explained to me and they educated me a little more on it, I felt I couldtrust them.  So far, it's worked outwell."

So what gets tweetedout?  Any active fire calls, black ice onthe roadways, wrecks, anything that could potentially affect you.  "We want people to understand that weare out here," Clark said.   We're doing this.  We do not want you out here with us.  Find an alternate route.  Do something to where you aren't going to bea part of the next wreck we're going to run."

Wagoner said, "Wewant our public that we serve to know that we're out there working.  We want them to have a piece of mind."

It's just anotherinstant way to know what's going on in your community with the click of amouse. 

@PinchFire2 will get youto the Pinch Fire Department on Twitter. Other departments, such as the Sissonville VFD, have embraced socialmedia as well.

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