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In turnabout, Los Angeles Fire Dept. will release 911 call records and return to Twitter

In turnabout, Los Angeles Fire Dept. will release 911 call records and return to Twitter

In a rapid reversal, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced Thursday it would resume publishing details about the department’s response to life-and-death emergencies via social media and again release 911 audio recordings and database records that capture its performance. The action came just hours after the LAFD said it would be rolling back public disclosure. Earlier in the day, fire officials had announced that the department would put its social media accounts on “hiatus” and halt releasing records that show how long it takes rescuers to respond to calls for help. Fire officials did so citing a new interpretation of a 1996 federal healthcare privacy law by assistants to City Atty. Mike Feuer, who said the department should shield the release of all information related to medical rescues, including the response times. That move drew quick criticism from Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the decision was reversed.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

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