does anyone see a problem with taking pictures?

does anyone see a problem with taking pictures at a scene if it only involves taking pictures of yourself and other crew members? recently i have taken alot of heat for taking some pictures of myself and some other crew members and a couple of a home that was vacant that was on fire. i had no pictures of victims and or any possible evidence that may interfear with a possible arson investigation. tell me what you think.

what i mean by rehab is we were done with the fire and just hanging out for a minute before we pack stuff up and go 98.

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Comment by michael on April 15, 2009 at 6:00pm
i have two books full of pic so i do not see any thing wrong with it as long as they do not have any dead people in it
Comment by Michael Simpson on April 15, 2009 at 1:21am
we have no problem with it as long as it meets guidelines. it is a great training device. shows what is really happening and nobody can deny it
Comment by Art "ChiefReason" Goodrich on April 14, 2009 at 3:43pm
If the sole purpose of taking them is to post here or myspace, then keep it to training pictures or social gatherings of your department. It accomplishes the same thing doesn't it?
As far as a working fire or an MVA, that is entirely different, but I would use a picture taken by the media, if possible. They are trained in what to take and what to print.
Anything that could reveal information that you don't want to get out or may violate department policy or someone's right to privacy is what we want to avoid.
Comment by Zeke Harman on April 14, 2009 at 3:16pm
The more pictures you take could possibly save your departments butt and or helping an investigation if it would be arson. Also Makes a good memorial of what the department has done in the past
Comment by Scott on April 14, 2009 at 1:06pm
like i said no pics of victs and just a couple of my buddies during rehab time not even facing the scene taking a few pics before we pack up and leave the scene.
Comment by Paul Montpetit on April 14, 2009 at 1:03pm
The only issue I have is who is fighting the fire while you and your buddys are on a photo-op...? If you are in rehab...then rehab.....if not and you are not actively involved in fighting the fire then you shouldn't be there....Leave the photos to the press or your PIO (no, not PIA...LOL) Stay safe...Keep the faith.....Paul
Comment by Chris Sterling on April 14, 2009 at 5:33am
We take photos for documentation purposes. You have to be a bit discreat upon doing so. After those photos are out of the way, we'll try to get some action shots for web sight use, or scrap book, etc.
Comment by Jason Koontz on April 13, 2009 at 10:03pm
Standing in front of a burning building, vacant or not, has to look just AWESOME for the bystanders and media. You know, the ones that decide whether or not you get that shiny new engine, added on funding, etc. and the ones that will put you on television looking like a bunch of rookies so the entire state can see. Keep it professional
Comment by Mark Klaene on April 13, 2009 at 8:39pm
The scene is an department scene , and if you are there as a member of the department then any pics (recordings) you take belong to the department . You should acquire permission from the chief prior to taking them and prior to releasing the photos --anywhere.
Comment by Travis on April 13, 2009 at 8:17pm
hmm ok well if it happened at my department I'm sure I could think of a hand full of officers that wouldn't be too happy. I'm not sure if someone else said this but if it's taking pictures of the fire for training purposes or to see what you guys were working with later then I don't think that should be a problem. But like the Word says...there is a time and a place for everything. And rehab, I believe, is the time for rehab. Not for taking pictures. Rehab should be...sit down real quick...take the pack off...have a buddy who has the energy to change it, change it...sip on some gatorade and get back to work. Busting the camera out is a little unnecesary.

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