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Larry Browne
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  • Doylestown, PA
  • United States
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Lives in:
Doylestown, PA
Department:
Doylestown Fire Company No. 1
Title/rank:
Public Information/Fire Prevention Officer, Photographer
Years of public service:
20+
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Top issues in your department:
Recruitment, communications, social media
Professional Qualifications:
Instructor 1, 2- PA State Non-Supression Instructor, Haz-Mat Ops
Topics you provide training for:
Fire Photography, Public Relations, PIO
Areas of expertise:
Photography, media relations, social media
Bio:
I have been in the fire service for over 25 years, and supporting the needs of customers in different business environments for over 15 years. Presently I am the director of Customer Success for Junction Networks/OnSIP, a cloud based telephony solution. I have been a professional photojournalist since I was a teenager, and am rarely without a camera. I love using social media as a tools for emergency service. I volunteer as a firefighter, photographer, Public Information and Fire Prevention Officer for Doylestown Fire Co. No. 1 in Doylestown, PA, where I work, serve and live with my wife Karen, and daughter Megan.
Twitter and Instagram- @firepixx
Web site:
http://www.firepixxindustries.com

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Pride, perception and people

In this next installment of Our Own Worst Enemies, I tackle pride and perception.

But first, I want to make a confession. I am guilty of almost all of the behaviors I have railed against. I openly and freely admit it, and to all that I have subjected my anger to, I'm sorry. Not an excuse, but it's hard to separate the anger directed towards one's self and not have it spill over to others. When the atmosphere you're in is toxic, and there's no known PPE against it, it takes maturity…

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Posted on September 27, 2016 at 8:30am

Our own worst enemies

What are we doing to each other? We are driven to serve, use the terms brother and sister religiously, put our lives on the line for people we've never met. Yet we are terrible to one another.

The adage "That's the way it's always been." is a common reply. "We bust chops. It's a firehouse thing." "Look how we turned out." All common responses to questions about…

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Posted on September 14, 2016 at 11:10am

Judgement Days must end

There's been much said about the level of discourse on social media, both in and outside the fire service. Having been involved in a social media incident with my fire company, I know that the rhetoric can devolve to a point that can make seasoned veterans, men who have volunteered their entire adult lives, saved people, and carried on a family tradition, brought to the point of considering leaving the fire service because of the words of others in the fire service based on a…

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Posted on July 26, 2016 at 8:30am

A unique relationship with our audience- keeping it positive

Public safety is unique in so many ways, as we all know.

Our audience calls on us in time of crisis. We interact at the worst time for many, a perspective that lasts and is usually tinged by tragedy and loss. It is also why we have a difficult time interacting with the same audience when the situation is normal.

Our audience relies on us to keep them safe and be there when called. They also see us when we're not engaged, and make assumptions when there is no information. A…

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Posted on July 23, 2016 at 9:00am

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