From cellphones to helmet cams, digital imaging technology is everywhere. The availability of inexpensive high-quality digital imaging devices offers the fire service an unprecedented opportunity to document, capture, & share information. Along with the opportunities comes an enormous risk of misuse. The problem is so bad, a growing number of states are considering legislation to join the three states that already make it a criminal offense for first-responders to take and/or share emergency scene photos.
The program will look at case studies where digital imagery created legal nightmares for fire departments & firefighters, and pull from them the lessons learned. On-duty photo taking can be managed without having to resort to a total photo-taking ban.
-Learn how to avoid digital media traps & develop a sound, defensible digital imagery policy.
-The three big digital imagery problem areas, & the steps fire departments need to take to protect their members & the organization
-What does HIPAA say about photos taken at emergency scenes?
-Can filming someone in their home constitute an invasion of privacy?
-I can’t get in trouble, everyone is doing it…. right?
-First Amendment considerations related to photo taking
The program reviews the latest digital imagery cases affecting the fire service, & the important lessons learned. These lessons will then be connected to recommended policy language for an effective & legally defensible digital policy.
Attendees will receive course materials that includes a model digital policy and guidelines for the release of photos. Copies of the most important cases and laws will also be provided.
Cost: $75 per person
Our schedule accommodate you where ever you are:
1:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern
11:00am - 2:00pm Mountain
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