Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service can now send alerts about major incidents directly to Twitter-users via their smartphones.
The Twitter Alerts allow updates to be automatically sent to people who have activated the feature.
People would receive a message relating to critical incidents such as road traffic collisions involving multiple vehicles, chemical spills and large-scale fires.
To subscribe to the system via a mobile device, simply follow the Service on @Staffsfire and then tap the alert bell icon.
Alternatively, visit the ‘alerts’ page at https://twitter.com/StaffsFire/alerts
When the Service tweets information about an emergency anyone who has signed up will receive a text message or notification directly to their phone.
The alert will stand out from other tweets as it will have an orange bell and will be marked with the hashtag #alert.
Director of Response Rob Barber said: “Twitter Alerts are an excellent method of communicating vital, time critical information immediately, directly and simultaneously to a large number of people. They would play a key role should a major emergency occur within Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent. They are also extremely valuable during times when other communications services aren’t accessible.
“Emergency services nationally have launched their own Twitter Alerts and we are delighted to have joined them and to be able to offer our residents this service. It will also assist firefighters when dealing with major incidents as people will be aware of the situation and can respond accordingly. I would urge as many residents as possible to sign up to receive alerts today.”
In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.