Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mark Basnight, Public Information Officer

A 28-year veteran, Mark is the Lead Public Information Officer for the Charlotte Fire Department. He is responsible for the research, development, application of social media technology and is a past Chair of the Department of Homeland Security Virtual Social Media Working Group. Mark served as a Lead PIO during the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and was responsible for leading the efforts to plan, coordinate and implement the Joint Information Center for Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Mark created the slogan "Build an A.R.K." and was part of the brain trust responsible for the flood safety and awareness initiative that adopted this slogan. Mark also lead the efforts to plan, coordinate and implement the marketing & advertising campaign for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Alert & Notification System "CharMeck Alerts."

Basnight is a nationally renown instructor & speaker. He is sought after as a subject matter expert in the fields of media relations, risk communications, Joint Information Systems/Centers and social media strategy for public safety agencies.


Email: mbasnight@charlottenc.gov
The Charlotte Fire Department’s mission is to preserve life and property through rapid emergency response, code enforcement, education and planning.


The Charlotte Fire Department currently makes use of several social media/web 2.0 applications including Twitter, Yahoo Groups (After-Action Reports), Google Groups (CharlotteFD_ALERT), BlogSpot (CFD News & Information), FriendFeed, Blog Talk Radio, Ustream, Bambuser, Delicious, and Facebook for communicating critical messaging and public information that promotes a safe and healthy lifestyle. The Charlotte Fire Department also uses Google Translator to translate blog content into various foreign languages such as Spanish, Italian, French, Vietnamese, Chinese and others. ‘Flip’ & "GoPro" video, and digital still photography cameras are used to produce video clips and photos which are posted on YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr respectively. CFD utilizes Bambuser & Skype video conferencing to conduct live media interviews and press briefings.

Mark Basnight | Captain
Public Information Officer
Office of Media & Public AffairsCharlotte Fire Department

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Schedule/ Itinerary

April  14th - 17th, 2014 ANL (Pueblo, CO)
April  21st - 24th, 2014 ANL (Lexington, KY)
May 13th - 15th, 2014 NCDPS (Durham, NC) 
May 27th - 29th, 2014  NCDPS (Bladen County, NC)