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Twitter feed-ing the five thousand

3 February 2016

Humberside Fire & Rescue’s Twitter account has today sent its 5,000th tweet. Started in November 2011, @HumbersideFire has grown its account year on year and now has well over 13,000 followers.

Fire service staff from across the UK and beyond, partner agencies, commercial organisations and, most importantly of all, members of the public from both sides of the Humber have followed safety advice, partner news and some more light-hearted content.

Ultimately it is a warning and informing tool which came to the fore in December 2013 when the Humber region suffered flooding in the tidal surge. Almost overnight HFRS gained around 1,000 extra followers on Twitter and Facebook as news of road closures and localised flooding over a 24 hour period broke in real time on the feed.

Regular safety advice is given around smoke alarms such as the weekly #TestItTuesday prompts and other seasonal advice is welcomed around bonfire night or Christmas.

Up to the minute tweets ‘live’ from a fire or RTC often acknowledge the great professionalism and teamwork of crews and partner agencies. Thankfully, not everything is as serious, as some of the following tweets demonstrate:

Here’s to the next 5,000 tweets and attracting many more thousands of followers.