Our mission is creating public awareness for all things public safety while supporting the efforts of first responders everywhere.
The FIREGROUND360° Facebook Page founded in 2009 has grown to 28,000+ followers. We are a first responder community, maintained by first responders, creating public awareness through all forms of media.
A team of six admins and four managers volunteer their time to update and maintain the social page. The managers post and update fire and EMS related incidents on a daily basis but in times of crisis they gather, collaborate, and coordinate info, on-line, in real time, during incidents like structure fires, search and rescue, and, or weather disaster-related events. It's not uncommon for anyone of them, or all, to sit through the night to keep an incident, or extended weather event updated.
Many of our followers are public safety professionals and family of first responders who want to be kept up-to-date when their husband, wife, son or daughter leaves home to respond to an incident. Others use this community for traffic info, public service announcements, power outages, severe and, or extended weather events. This platform has also been a vehicle in terms of spreading the word such as, PIO announcements, team deployments, LODD's, missing persons, fire victim benefits, goods collections, and public safety fundraisers.
First and foremost, all of the info we post to the page is geared toward the first responder and public awareness. From time-to-time, we are asked legitimate questions like, "What is CO?" or "What does ETOH mean?" and we will provide a well thought out answer to educate the public. It is a platform where we welcome these kinds of questions.
As many already know, we have a zero tolerance policy on members posting incident addresses, public or firefighter names, profanity, off-color and speculative comments. Repeat offenders are banned with no warning.
Lastly, we pride ourselves on keeping the information clean, organized and up-to-date for all to read.
Paula and Rick Labrecque have been involved in the fire service since 2001.
In response to the September 11th terrorist attacks they joined their local fire department, Rick serving as a call firefighter for several years and Paula as their photographer. They both documented fire scenes during that time and to the present day.
Their passion is creating public awareness by telling the first responders' story through their photographs. Their work has appeared in fire related books, publications and calendars.
Over the years Paula and Rick's Images have been featured in Firehouse Magazine, Fire Engineering, FireRescue1, and even graced the covers of FIRERESCUE Magazine.
The idea of FIREGROUND360° originated from logging incidents through their department website. First responders who didn't make a specific call would be able to see what incidents they had missed and families of the responding individuals would look for updated information, providing some sort-of relief of "knowing," while their spouse was away.
Facebook provided an excellent platform to expand this idea to include other towns and cities, growing their follower base to what FIREGROUND360° is today.