11/10/13 473 W - + 6 - 6 UPDATED: Social Media Review - Nation's Largest Fire Departments

See part one of this series.

Continuing our review of social media sites and public information sources, here's a review of the nation's largest fire departments. Yes, they vary considerably in the areas that they serve and the population sizes therein. CalFire is a particular apple to a whole bushel of oranges. The web experience is certainly interesting, going from site-to-site and Google result-from-result. Couple things jump out at me, from the various official home pages.

First, most sites don't have an obvious, screaming-at-you option for "click here to learn what's happened lately or read the latest news/news releases." Second, social media channels aren't always listed or visually obvious Some sites use small icons to denote Facebook or Twitter pages. Some use very small icons. Again, nothing really screams at you. Maybe there's justified thinking that "those trying to find us on Twitter, know how to find us on Twitter."

Third, demographic and organizational profiles were sometimes buried, and sometimes seemingly absent. Thus, Wikipedia was my source for a number of personnel and station counts. Fourth, some of these sites and pages are a bit dated or worse.

Fifth, nearly everyone is using Twitter. Haven't taken time to read or compare tweets. Readers are welcome to correct my information and links below. And/or supply the names of departments that they particularly like, for social media usage and public information presentation.

Department Stations News
Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube Members Notes
Boston 35 Yes Yes Yes     1,611  
Cal Fire 228 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 4,700
Charlotte 42 Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes 1,164  
Chicago 100 Yes
(RSS feed)
Yes     4,933
Also EMS provider
Dallas 57 Yes
Also EMS provider
DCFD 68 Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Also EMS provider
Detroit 45   Yes Yes     ~1,141
Also EMS provider
FDNY 249 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ~15,870 Also EMS provider
Fort Worth 42   Yes Yes     908
Indianapolis 44   Yes Yes     1,160
Also EMS provider
LA County 171 Yes Yes Yes
plus one
for PIO
  Yes 3,892
Also EMS provider
LA City 106 Yes
Yes Yes
plus one
for talk
Yes   3,586 Also EMS provider
Houston 92 Yes Yes Yes     4,190  
Miami Dade 66 Yes Yes Yes     2,550+ Also EMS provider
Phoenix 59     Yes     1,936 Also EMS provider
Philadelphia 61 Yes
  Yes     1,973 Also EMS provider
San Antonio 51 Yes Yes       1,600
Also EMS provider
San Diego 47 Yes Yes Yes     1,200
Also EMS provider
San Francisco 44 Yes         ~1,700
Also EMS provider
San Jose 33 Yes   Yes        
Seattle 33 Yes Yes Yes     981
Also EMS provider

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