There is a discussion on an US forum about the use of photos taken at accidents and emergencies on social web sites such as facebook – you can read the discussion on the blog maintained by fire fighter and lawyer, Curt Varone.

I have posted my own comments and questions there.  For an Australian perspective on this subject, you can read my thoughts in ‘Media Access to Emergencies – Command, Control or Co-ordination?’ (2010) 25(1) Australian Journal of Emergency Management 13-17.

Rescue officers in NSW should be mindful of the photographic policy produced by the State Rescue Board and which you can read on their website.  The photo policy is annex B to the State Rescue Policy.

Michael Eburn