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Fire chiefs, media share insights into working relationship

News media from a variety of local outlets from print to radio and TV joined forces Tuesday evening with local fire departments and other emergency workers to discuss how to better work together to get information to the public.


Steve Diorio, news director of WDTN-TV, speaks to various Logan County’s firefighters during the Tuesday evening monthly meeting at the West Liberty Fire Department. Logan County Sheriff Andrew Smith organized speakers from local media groups to discuss how fire departments and news sources can better relay information to the public. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Logan County Sheriff Andrew J. Smith organized this segment of the monthly meeting of the Logan County Fire Chief’s Association that was conducted at the West Liberty Fire Department.

Host John Esch, West Liberty Fire Chief, said when he was approached by the sheriff with this idea to meet with local media, he was very receptive to the discussion and thought it would be a worthwhile use of meeting time.

“West Liberty is interested in communicating better with media, and I believe the other departments are as well.

“We’re interested in the input that you folks would have with us.”

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