NY Daily News – March 16, 2016
by John Annese, Keldy Ortiz
The FDNY has announced a new Twitter feed for New Yorkers looking for updates on fires and emergencies as they’re happening.
The department used to live-tweet info about fires on its main Twitter account, @FDNY, but starting Monday, those updates have been moved to a new feed, @FDNYalerts.
The main account, which has more than 150,000 followers, will remain active, but officials hope to keep breaking news notifications separate from the department’s other announcements, such as fire safety tips and news about events, ceremonies and dramatic rescues.
“We will continue to use every tool at our disposal –from presentations at community events to social media — to inform, educate and improve the safety of all New Yorkers,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
As of Monday night, @FDNYalerts had posted six tweets to its 625 followers — four of which provided updates on two separate fires in Brooklyn and Queens.