Fire and EMS Service Personnel Taking Photos
The issue of fire and EMS service personnel taking photos at emergency scenes has a moral and ethical component. At FirefightingNews.com, we believe if you respond to the scene with a responsibility to mitigate the emergency, no effort should be spent photographing the scene until the emergency is mitigated. Citizens have called the fire/EMS service because an emergency exists. That is your first priority. All resources should be completely directed towards assisting the victims or controlling property loss.
- Treat all subjects with respect and dignity.
- Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy.
- Intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see.