SOUTH BEND — Whether on or off the job, soon South Bend firefighters will not be allowed to Facebook, tweet, or blog anything relating to their job.
About two years ago, a firefighter posted a picture to Facebook while responding to a call. That picture violated HIPAA laws.
The South Bend fire chief said they're now taking precaution with a new social media policy, saying it's better to be safe than sorry.
But the union said this new rule might spark a fiery debate.
"All we're asking is don't put anything with the South Bend Fire Department on your Facebook," said Chief Howard Buchanon.
For some firefighters, a new policy is putting out the flame on their social networking capabilities.
The South Bend Board of Public Safety approved a handful of new rules in July — one specifically says, "Firefighters shall not, unless granted permission by the fire chief, identify themselves in any way as South Bend Fire Department employees on internet sites."