PALO ALTO (BCN) A Palo Alto Fire Department engine company and paramedic team are using Twitter today as part of a “virtual ride-along” to narrate how their day goes while responding to emergencies, fire officials said.

Crew members from Fire Engine 1 and Medic 1 are tweeting live from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as they respond to fires, car accidents, medical emergencies and other calls for service, according to the department.

Deputy Fire Chief Catherine Capriles said the goal of the live tweeting is to give residents an idea of the realities faced by firefighters and paramedics.

The tweets sent out may include photos and videos, Capriles said.

The fire department started its social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook last June, and both can be accessed at

Those who would like to follow the department’s tweets today can go to its Twitter page at or sign to follow @PaloAltoFire on Twitter.

To ask questions during the virtual ride-along, users need to label their tweets with the hashtag #PAFDvra, for “Palo Alto Fire Department virtual ride-along.”

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