Date of Issue: May
Effective Date: May 9,
Issued by Authority of:
David M. Richards, Fire Chief
INTERNET USE POLICY
The Internet provides a
source of information that can benefit every professional discipline represented
in the Browndale Fire Company. It is our policy that members whose job
performance can be enhanced through use of the Internet be provided access
and become proficient in its capabilities. This policy document delineates
acceptable use of the Internet while using company-owned or -leased equipment,
facilities, Internet addresses, or domain names.
The Internet is comprised
of thousands of interconnected networks which provide digital pathways
to millions of information sites. Because these networks subscribe to a
common set of standards and protocols, users have worldwide access to Internet
hosts and their associated applications and databases. Electronic search
and retrieval tools permit users to gather information and data from a
multitude of sources and to communicate with other Internet users who have
Access to the Internet provides
government agencies with the opportunity to locate and use current and
historical data from multiple sources worldwide in their decision-making
processes. Members are encouraged to develop the skills necessary to effectively
utilize these tools in the performance of their duties.
Scope of the Policy
This policy applies to Internet
The following Internet users
are covered by this policy:
1. Members of the Browndale
2. Visitors who may access
the Internet via the fire company’s computer network.
This policy applies to Internet
access when using fire company equipment and facilities, and performed
using Internet Protocol addresses and domain names registered to the fire
The Browndale Fire Company
promotes Internet use that enables members to perform missions and encourages
its members to develop Internet skills and knowledge. If an member's supervisor
determines that Internet access is in the best interest of the fire company,
the member will be permitted, within the limits set forth below, to use
the Internet on personal time to build his/her network search and retrieval
skills. Users are advised not to use the Internet for any purpose which
would reflect negatively on the fire company.
The following uses of the
Internet are not allowed:
1. Access, retrieve, or
print text and graphics information which exceeds the bounds of generally
accepted standards of good taste and ethics. This includes pornography,
child pornography or any other sexually explicit websites.
2. Engage in any unlawful
activities or any other activities which would in any way bring discredit
on the fire department.
3. Engage in any activity
which would compromise the security of any fire company computer. Host
log-in passwords will not be disclosed or shared with other users.
Users are responsible for:
1. Following existing security
policies and procedures in their use of Internet services and will refrain
from any practices which might jeopardize the company’s computer systems
and data files, including but not limited to virus attacks, when downloading
files from the Internet.
2. Learning about Internet
etiquette, customs, and courtesies, including those procedures and guidelines
to be followed when using remote computer services and transferring files
from other computers.
3. Familiarizing themselves
with any special requirements for accessing, protecting, and utilizing
data, including Privacy Act materials, copyrighted materials, and procurement
4. Conducting themselves
in a way that reflects positively on the fire company since they are identified
as Departmental employees on the Internet even though they may be using
the Internet for personal reasons, as stated above.
5. Individuals using
fire company to access the Internet are subject to having activities monitored
by system or security personnel. Use of this system constitutes consent
to security monitoring, and employees should remember that most sessions
are not private.
This is a new policy on
this subject matter.
Internet Acceptable Use
I accept responsibility
to abide by the Browndale Fire Company’s Internet Access policy and procedures
as stated in this agreement. I understand that the use of the Internet
and access to it is a privilege not a right, and I agree:
- to use the Internet for
appropriate educational purposes and research;
- to be considerate of other
users on the Internet and use appropriate language;
- not to intentionally degrade
or disrupt Internet services or equipment. (This includes but is not limited
to tampering with computer hardware or software, vandalizing data, invoking
computer viruses, attempting to gain access to restricted or unauthorized
network services, or violating copyright laws);
- to immediately report
any security problems or breeches of these responsibilities to appropriate
- to comply with all of
the rules and expectations , administrative procedure, and Internet Etiquette;
- not to divulge personal
information such as addresses and telephone numbers over the Internet.
I understand that I have
no right to privacy when I use the Browndale Fire Company’s Internet, and
I consent to staff monitoring of my communications.
I also understand that
any conduct that is in conflict with these responsibilities is inappropriate
and may result in termination of Internet access and possible disciplinary
Member’s Name: (please print)