Recently, there has been some issues with members of local fire departments using their personal cell phones on fire and accident scenes in my area. I can understand the need to control this on an active fire scene or when a patient is being extricated from a vehicle involved in an automobile crash. How many of you have pulled your cell phone out of your pocket to snap a few pictures of a scene after the fire was out or while waiting on the tow truck and you were repacking your equipment on your truck?
In my area, I know that the local law enforcement officers frown on doing this because they state that any pictures you take can and will be used as evidence in the case of an automobile accident. They have threatened to take possession of any camera used on a scene if it is not the direct property of the fire department that was dispatched or responded.
How do you feel about this? Will you think twice before taking pictures for your scrapbook or your next training class?