Online Course To Protect Firefighters

How To Stop
Social Media Mistakes That Destroy The
Public Trust And
Ignite Costly Lawsuits
A Powerful New "Red Flag System" Developed by Nationally Recognized Social Media Attorney Mark Fiedelholtz 
"Online Course Supported By The North Carolina Association Of
Fire Chiefs
Some Of The North Carolina Fire Departments Presently Taking My Online Course...
  • North Carolina Association Fire Chiefs Board Members
  • New Bern Fire-Rescue
  • Nash County Emergency Services
  • Matthews Fire Department
  • New Hanover County
  • Shijloh-Danieltown-Oakland Volunteer Fire Department
  • Village Of Whispering Pines
Fire Chiefs Nationwide Agree, My Expert $12 Per Person Online Course Can't Be Done In-House And Prevents Loss Of Careers, Big Legal Damages And The Public Trust...
"Great program. Being aware of the hidden liabilities not discussed in  other courses saves your public image, and big legal fees."

- Cindy Reid, City Attorney, Davidson, NC
"Mark, after reviewing the online program, the Sterling Heights Fire Department enrolled 100 firefighters in the course."

City of Sterling Heights Fire Department, OH
“The value and need for this expert social media liability training can’t be overstated for all
public employees.”

District Chief Eric Rodriguez,
Dunedin Fire Department, FL
  • No documentation that you complied with the new 1983 federal standards. All employees must receive outside expert social media liability training to enforce your policy.

  • Unaware that the U.S. Supreme Court classifies social media as a "high liability" topic, not just a PIO issue. Busy in-house attorneys don't qualify in court as social media law experts that can train employees. Your instructor must be a licensed social media attorney specialist.

  • Courts find it negligence to blindly trust a boilerplate policy just because it came from a reputable policy service or another agency. You must verify that your policy was written by a social media attorney specialist.

Legal Authority: Social Media and Smartphones Are High Risk Topics That Impact The Constitutional and Civil Rights Of Others: Packingham v. North Carolina 137 S. Ct. 1730 (2017), Riley v. California 134 S. Ct. 2473 (2014), Elonis v. U.S. 135 S. Ct. 2001 (2015), 42 U.S.C. 1983, Liverman v. City of Petersburg 844 F3d. 400 (2016), Monell v. Department of Social Services, 436 U.S. 658 (1978), Federal Courts Rule That Speech On Social Media Is Inherent Disruptive Of A Public Employer's Operations: Richardson v. Beckon 337 F. App'x 637 (9th Cir. 2009), Snipes v. Volusia Count, 704 F. App'x 848 (11th Circuit 2017). Dible v. City of Chandler, 515 F3d 918 (9th Circuit 2008).
When A 30 Year Nationally Recognized Digital Media Attorney Offers You A $12 Per Person Expert Social Media Liability Online Course, There Should Only Be One Reaction; Thank You And How Can I Register All My Employees.
*There is a one-time portal set-up fee of $297
In A Lawsuit, You Are Held Personally Liable For
Ignoring The Obvious Need For All Employees To
Receive Expert Social Media Liability Training...
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City of Canton, Ohio v. Harris 489 U.S. 378 (1989)
Judge: "This court holds you personally liable under 42 U.S.C.1983 for failing to give employees affordable expert social media First Amendment, Defamation, and Privacy training to avoid costly social media mistakes. You knew or should have known that government employees use social media on their personal devices without much monitoring. They can reach millions and permanently destroy a person's reputation worldwide. Therefore, the need for expert social media liability training was obvious."
99% of Firefighter Social Media Mistakes Are Attributed To No Expert Training On What
Opinions And Jokes Are Covered Under The
First Amendment And The New Privacy Laws...
An Affordable Solution: Documentation Of Expert Social Media Liability Training
My $12 Per Person Online Social Media Liability Course Gives You The Documentation You Need In A Lawsuit Or
Risk Mitigation Audit.
Fire departments use social media networks on a daily basis to communicate with the public. All firefighters have access to powerful social media platforms on their personal devices without much oversight. They can reach millions and their comments become a permanent digital footprint. The average social media lawsuit is $500,000 and up. Even if your insurance company or risk pool covers an employee's social media mistake, your insurance premiums will skyrocket. The net result is that the taxpayer is saddled with paying more taxes for higher insurance premiums. My online social media liability course reduces this growing risk exposure.
The Time Has Come To Stop Warning Your Firefighters And Start Giving Them Expert Social Media Liability Training To Protect Their Careers And Your Department.
"In Mark's class, I not only learned what I didn't know, but
was amazed to find out what I did know was wrong."

-Division Chief Louis Carnell, Hillsborough County, FL

Questions? Call 954-748-7698
If You Claim Your Busy In-House Attorney Keeps Employees Updated On The New Social Media Laws, You'll Have To Prove It In A Lawsuit...
"Mark's course contains new information that needs to be delivered to fire chiefs and firefighters to protect them and the organization."

- Chief Chuck Edwards
Bradenton Fire Department, FL
"Mark, great class. To the lay person, social media seems like such a great place to share your story. Your class opened my eyes to the liability that lies beneath the flashy facade. I had no idea of the possible legal ramifications of simply liking a post. I would highly recommend this course to every Fire Department across the country."
"I thought the course was interesting and well presented. Attorney Fiedelholtz is extremely knowledgeable and passionate."

- Chief Robert Sayles, Norfolk, VA
Courts Don't Recognize Busy In-House Attorneys As Social Media Law Experts. That's Why Departments Make My Online Course Mandatory Training...
Below Are The Legal Issues That Make My Online Course Urgent
For All Firefighters...
The Pandemic, Nationwide Protests, and
Presidential Elections Are Temporary Events...
But, an employee's post or tweet is a permanent digital footprint that can give your department a "black eye" forever.
Most Departments Don't Realize There Are New Federal Social Medi Policy And Training Standards. They Plaintiff Attorneys Exploit This Unawareness To Win Big Legal Damages...
  • Our in-house attorney has the same expertise as a 30 year social media attorney.

  • We gave verbal warnings to employees and handed out a policy, that's enough.

  • Our PIO attends seminars and then shares that information with us.
  • We didn't give employees expert training because we have budget cuts.

  • We didn't give employees expert training because they are too busy.

  • We didn't give employees expert training because we have insurance coverage.
When You Fire Or Discipline An Employee For Social Media Violations, You'll Be Sued For 1983 Failure To Train, Negligent Policy Drafting,
And Various Torts...
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3 Embarrassing Questions
You'll Get In Court
To Attack Your Credibility
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Judge: Do you have proof that the plaintiff received outside expert social media liability training before you initiated your disciplinary procedures. Your training records only show verbal warnings and a boilerplate policy?
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Judge: Why did you reject expert online training that was only $9 per person? Also, why did you claim that your in-house attorney and PIO have the same expertise as a 30 year digital media attorney to train your staff?
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Judge: With so much at stake, why did you place blind trust on boilerplate social media policies written by policy services and other agencies. Did you inquire if the model policy was written by a social media attorney specialist?
The U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Courts Rule That Employee Use Of Social Media, Texting, And Email, Is A "High Risk"
Human Resource Issue, Not A PIO Issue...
Most Employees Use Personal Devices For
Work-Related Tasks Without Much Monitoring...
Courts rule that the need for all employees to receive expert social media liability training on the new speech, privacy, and copyright laws is obvious.
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Plaintiff Attorneys Argue That Officers Were Confused Over What Opinions And Jokes Receive First Amendment Protection. Training Records Show That The Chiefs Gave Verbal Warnings But No Expert Training On The
New Social Media Speech And Privacy Laws...
In A Lawsuit, To Prove "Deliberate Indifference"
Plaintiff Attorneys' Show Evidence That The
Decision Maker Was Arrogant And A "Know It All"...
  • I'm not worried about complying with the new 1983 federal standards that require social media policies to be enforced with outside expert employee training. If we get sued our insurance will cover us anyway.

  • We have budget cuts and can't afford $12 per person for outside expert social media liability training. We gave verbal warnings, that's good enough.

  • Our in-house attorney and PIO keep us updated. They have same expertise as a 30 year nationally recognized social media attorney specialist.
Fire Departments Have Reached A Fork In The Road With Social Media Policies And Training...
You Have Two Choices. You Can Bury Your Head In The Sand And Refuse To Protect Your Firefighters With Expert Social Media Liability Training Or...
A powerful denial concept_ man with his head in the sand.
Comply with the new U.S. Supreme Court and federal training standards by making my $12 per person online social media liability course mandatory for all firefighters and civilian employees.
You're Not Saving Money By Pretending You Can Do This Type Of Specialized Social Media Liability Training In-House, You're Preventing Firefighters From Outside Expert Training That Could Avoid Costly Mistakes...
Here's A $9 Per Person Online Solution

My Powerful Online Social Media Liability Course Mitigates An Employee's Risk Exposure And Protects Your Public Image And Public Trust.
Developed By
Nationally Respected 

Questions? call 954-748-7698
Hundreds Of Agencies Agree, There Is No Possible Way This Type Of Expert Social Media Liability Training Can Be Done In-House, And You'll Never Find This Type Of Expert Training Anywhere Else For $12 Per Person.
My Online Course Is Being Supported
By Top National Organizations
North Carolina Association
Of Fire Chiefs
Missouri Police Chiefs Association
National Association Of
Legal Investigators
Here's More Core Legal Issues That Make My
$12 Per Person Online Course Urgent
For All Employees...
  • Evidence reveals the policy wasn't enforced with outside expert employee training on the new social media speech and privacy laws. This immediately invalidates the social media policy.

  • Evidence reveals that the policy wasn't written by a top social media attorney, it was written by a general or employment law attorney. Key issues and hidden liabilities were overlooked.

  • It was revealed that the model policy uses boilerplate social media language, especially regarding First Amendment "Free Speech" issues.

(See legal authority on bottom of this email flyer)
Case In Point
In this case, the in-house attorney drafted the department's social media policy based on information from nationally respected associations and other departments.
"Social Media Attorney Fiedelholtz proved today that if you don't have a social media law media law expert train your employees in social media legal risks, you put your employees and your organization at risk."

- Craig Dispenza, Freehold Boro, NJ
When You Make My Online Social Media Liability Course Mandatory Training For All Employees, You Create Trust Among Employees And The Public...
My Easy-To-Apply "Red Flag Warning System" Replaces That Guessing With Expert Strategies That Mitigate Exposure To Avoid This Type Of Headline...
You won't find my proprietary 3 Step "Red Flag Warning System" for non-lawyers taught anywhere else.
Firefighters gain a solid foundation of what opinions and jokes are constitutionally protected under the "Free Speech " clause of the First Amendment. Participants become smart fast on what words, pictures, video trigger libel, invasion of privacy and copyright infringement.
Once firefighters have a solid foundation in the area of libel, First Amendment law, privacy, and copyright infringement, they then learn specialized strategies to identify both obvious and hidden "high liability" social media content.
Once the toxic social media speech is identified, firefighters can eliminate or at minimum disclaim "high liability" speech from all their social media content, text messages, email, and other digital content. The ultimate outcome is that you post and tweet engaging content without overt worries about liability exposure.
If You Claim You Can't Afford A $12 Per Person Online Course From A Nationally Respected Social Media Attorney, You Need To Immediately Stop Using Social Media.

$12 Per Person
One-Time Portal Set-Up Fee Of $297

Special Price Ends In 30 Days
Questions? Call 954-748-7698

*The portal fee is discounted for academies or associations with multiple members.
"Great course Mark. I not only learned how much I didn't know about social media liability, but was amazed to find out what I did know was wrong."

Louis Carnell, Division Chief
Hillsborough Co Fire, FL
*See case law at the bottom of this flyer. Questions? Call 954-748-7698.
Do You Need To Take Our Online Course Out For A Test Drive Before Training All Your Employees?
If So, Our Single Rate $79 Per Person (1 to 4 People)

(If you decide to purchase the group rate, we credit you back
your single registrations towards the portal fee.)

Call 954-748-7698 For Our Low $12 Per Person Group Rates
Work At Your Own Pace: 24/7 Access
Big Benefits Of Our Online Programs
  • Work at your own pace
  • No travel
  • No overtime
  • 24/7 access
  • Set your own deadline for completion
  • Excellent support
  • Participant progress reports available
  • Course completion certificates
You Choose Your Online Self-Study Course Length

  • One year to finish the course
  • Modules are easy to follow
  • Course is for non-lawyers
  • Take quizzes again and again
  • Legal updates all year

  • One year to finish the course
  • Modules are easy to follow
  • Course is for non-lawyers
  • Take quizzes again and again
  • Legal updates all year

  • One year to finish the course
  • Modules are easy to follow
  • Course is for non-lawyers
  • Take quizzes again and again
  • Legal updates all year

  • Add Phone Conference
  • Study Guide
  • Paper Copy Of Quizzes
  • Excellent Technical Support
  • Legal updates all year
New Virtual In-Service Group Training Option
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< Includes Course Class Materials To Copy
< Includes Course Quizzes To Copy
< Includes Course Support On Class Day
* You can deliver the in-service group training session
in a 6 hour, 4 hour, or 2 hour session.

Call 954-748-7698 For Program Details

"Having recognized our officers were inadequately informed about use of social media, the Natchez Police Department sought a class to correct the problem. Social Media Liability, by Mark Fiedelholtz quickly became the best choice.

 As offered, the class was for individual on-line study, over 12 months. The Natchez Police Department did not want that. Rather, we wanted a classroom version where we could look the students in the face and make sure they got the information. 

The course was modified by the instructor to take the same six hours, but through a classroom monitor, on-line. The class proctor was able to stop the several segments as needed to allow class discussion, point out elements of our policy and review where former employees had abridged the policy. As the instructor was not present, students were able to easily make pertinent comments without concern of being rude or interrupting.

 The course material was laid out in manageable portions. There was no fluff in the six hours with useful material and to the point. Additional resources were offered and the cost very reasonable especially given the alternative consequences. Each student was given a link to the entire course, by email, for future review.

 Through this course the Natchez Police Department did not become social media bullet proof but we laid on some good armor." 

Approved By Chief Walter Armstrong, Captain Thomas McGhee
City of Natchez Police Department
Simple 3 Step Registration Process
Send an email to
with your participant names and email addresses. You can always add more people later on.
I send out invitations to your participants within 24 hours of receiving your list. Your employees make up their own password and they have 24/7 access on any device.
My office will send out an invoice after we send out your course invitations. We can also send out a credit card link upon request.
Two Options To Create An Airtight Social Media Policy That Complies With New Federal Standards
Option 1: Customized
Social Media Policy
I use my 30 years of digital media law experience to update your social media policy and close policy gaps created by the new federal social media law policy standards.
Option 2: New Online Course

How To Close Hidden Social Media Policy Gaps Created By New
Federal Standards
“Mark, thanks to you, our city manager approved your Social Media and Records Management Policy you did for us. Your assistance in this entire process is greatly appreciated."
Pat Cabrera, Office of the City Clerk, Las Vegas, NV

Questions? 954-748-7698
Legal Authority

Social Media and Smartphones Are High Risk Platforms:  Packingham v. North Carolina 137 S. Ct. 1730 (2017), Riley v. California 134 S. Ct. 2473 (2014), Elonis v. U.S. 135 S. Ct. 2001 (2015). Privacy Issues:  First and Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, City of Ontario, California v. Quon 130 S. Ct. 2619 (2010). Libel: New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 US 254 - 1964Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 US 323 - 1974

Unprotected Opinions : Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Company, 497 U.S. 1 (1990). 

Obvious Need For More In-Depth Training: 42 U.S. 1983, City of Canton, Ohio v. Harris 489 U.S. 378 (1989), Monell v. Department of Social Services, 436 U.S. 658 (1978), Powers v. Lightner, 820 F.2d 818 (7th Cir. 1987), Conn v. City of Reno 572 F.3d 1047 (2009), City of Canton, Ohio v. Harris 489 U.S. 378 (1989), Brown v. Gray 227 F.3d 1278 (10th Cir. 2000), Walker v. City of New York 507 U.S. 961 (1993), Brown v. Bryan County, Oklahoma 219 F3d 450 (5th Cir. 2000), Kniepp v. Philadelphia (3rd Cir. 1996), Davis v. Mason County 927 F.2d 1473 (9th Cir. 1991), Graham v. Connor 490 U.S. 386 (1989),

No Qualified Immunity: Qualified immunity applies so long as the official conduct of the individual defendant "does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known. Harlow v. Fitzgerald, 457 U.S. 800, 818 (1982),  White v. Pauly, 137 S. Ct. 548, 551 (2017), Anderson v. Creighton, 483 U.S. 635, 640 (1987), Pearson v. Callahan, 555 U.S. 223 (2009). Cahoo v SAS Analytics Inc. 912 F.3d 887 (Cir. 2019).

High Liability Issues That Require More Than A Policy:: Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 524 U.S. 775 (1998), Burlington Industries Inc. v. Ellerth, 524 U.S. 742(1998). State of Mind For Punitive Damages Kolstad v. American Dental Ass'n, 119 S. Ct. 218 (1999). Deletion and Blocking: Knight First Amendment v. Trump 302 F. Supp. 3d 541 (2018), Page v. Lexington County School District One 531 F.3d 275 (4th Cir. 2008), Virginia v. Black 538 U.S. 343 (2003),Good News Club v. Milford Central School, 533 U.S. 98, 200 Denver Area Education. Telecommunications Consortium, Inc. v. F.C.C. 518 U.S. 727 (1996), Gitlow v. New York, 288 U.S. 652 (1925)
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