Emergency Incident Media Coverage

Robert S. Fleming, Ed.D.
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Emergency Incident Media Coverage

By Dr. Robert S. Fleming Ed.D

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Dr. Robert Fleming's new book will serve as a preparation and resource guide both for the media and for fire and emergency services personnel. It is designed to provide emergency responders and media representatives with an understanding of their roles, responsibilities, and challenges in providing timely, accurate, and professional media coverage of emergency incidents.

Emergency Incident Media Coverage provides valuable information to fire and emergency service officers, including public information officers (PIO); news media personnel, including reporters, editors, and news anchors; and individuals preparing for careers in those fields.


  • Preface
  • About the author
  • Media coverage of emergency incidents
  • Emergency incident coverage—The fire department perspective
  • Emergency incident coverage—The media perspective
  • The fire department public information officer (PIO)
  • The reporter's job—Get the story!
  • Working together in emergency incident coverage—The fire department & the media
  • Emergency incident coverage in an age of the internet and social media
  • Incident management
  • Accidents
  • Building fires
  • Equipment fires
  • Hazardous materials fires
  • Outside fires
  • Vehicle fires
  • Hazardous materials incidents
  • Infrastructure emergencies
  • Rescues
  • Searches
  • Terrorism incidents
  • Weather-related events and natural emergencies
  • Civilian injuries and fatalities
  • Firefighter injuries and fatalities
  • Arson and incendiary fires
  • Incidents of national consequence
  • Final thoughts
  • Appendix A Emergency Service Terminology
  • Appendix B Emergency Service Acronyms
  • Appendix C Emergency Service Positions
  • Appendix D Emergency Service Apparatus
  • Appendix E Emergency Service Equipment
  • Appendix F Governmental Agencies and Private Organizations
  • Appendix G Public Information Officer (PIO) Position Description
  • Appendix H National Incident Management System Overview
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