Firecop: RCPD, MFD officials switch places

By The Mercury

A firefighter and a police officer will be swapping jobs Friday evening, and giving the public a play-by-play of their activities via Twitter.

Officer Matthew Droge of the Riley County Police Department will switch professions with Gregg VanDeCreek of the Manhattan Fire Department from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Droge is nationally known as #TwitterCop for his interaction on the site with Manhattan-area residents.

The fire department is planning to train Droge Friday afternoon, MFD deputy chief Ryan Almes said.

Van De Creek will ride along on an RCPD patrol.

Almes said in case the fire department isn’t busy, crews have organized some company drills to put Droge through some paces.

The Manhattan Fire Department will host the police “Tweet Along” on its account, which is @ManhattanFD and the RCPD will host the MFD “Tweet Along” on its account: @RileyCountyPD. Anyone can follow the switch on Twitter by checking #FIRECOP.

Almes said events like these help build a mutual respect between agencies for what each department does, and the public gains some education, as well. 

“Social media has been a great way to engage the community,” Almes said.

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