Firefighters, Paramedics Reminded of Social Media Policy Thanks to That One Dude

After a medic's controversial Instagram and Facebook posts went viral, the social media policy for firefighters and paramedics is being strongly enforced.

Philadelphia firefighters and paramedics received an email yesterday reminding them to review the departments’ social media policy. It was a standard reminder coming in response to nothing in particular.

Just kidding! It was in response to Philly paramedic Marcell Salters’s social media posts, which showed two men pointing guns at a police officer with the caption “Our real enemy… Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that’s legally killing us and innocents.”

Paramedics and firefighters yesterday were reminded of the policy, which NBC 10 reports is now being strictly enforced. Yes, one dude ruined it for everyone.

NBC 10 explains some of the policy:

The 13-part policy includes a ban on staff using personal electronics, like smartphones, to post to social networks while on duty, the posting of photos and video from fire scenes, sharing of patient information online and posting of images showing employees wearing official fire department gear without approval.

That’s pretty thorough. Where does ex-Eagle Danny Watkins’ firefighting career fit into this?

Salters, who made the posts last week, has apologized. He could face disciplinary action.

[NBC 10]