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Pinch VFD embraces social media to get alerts out fast

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Chief David Wagoner approved a Twitter account for his department last month. Chief David Wagoner approved a Twitter account for his department last month.
PINCH, West Virginia -

A reluctant fire chief in our region is now embracing social media as a the way of the future.  He said it's all about getting instant alerts out quickly so you know what to expect on the roads.

 "It was limited information.  It was quick information.  Once it was out, it was out fast," said Pinch Volunteer Firefighter Patrick Clark.

That's why the Pinch Volunteer Fire Department started using something some might call trendy.  Chief David Wagoner said, "We want to be that department, that public service agency, that the citizens we serve can trust."

A little more than a month ago, Clark, put an idea on the table.  He wanted to start a Twitter account.  Clark said the chief wasn't immediately sold on the idea, but once he saw the benefits of social media, they jumped on board.

"Even though he has nothing to do with social media, he's received nothing but positive feedback from it," Clark said.

Wagoner added, "The young guys here know what's going on.  They're well-trained.  After it was explained to me and they educated me a little more on it, I felt I could trust them.  So far, it's worked out well."

So what gets tweeted out?  Any active fire calls, black ice on the roadways, wrecks, anything that could potentially affect you.  "We want people to understand that we are out here," Clark said.   We're doing this.  We do not want you out here with us.  Find an alternate route.  Do something to where you aren't going to be a part of the next wreck we're going to run."

Wagoner said, "We want our public that we serve to know that we're out there working.  We want them to have a piece of mind."

It's just another instant way to know what's going on in your community with the click of a mouse. 

@PinchFire2 will get you to the Pinch Fire Department on Twitter.  Other departments, such as the Sissonville VFD, have embraced social media as well.