10/23/10 275 W - + 10 - 2 House Fire, Video Clip, YouTube

The Fire Critic found this YouTube video of this week's house fire on Springfield Park Drive in north Raleigh. The clip runs eight-plus minutes and shows quite a bit of fire. Defensive ops are started near the end, and a few seconds are shown of Ladder 5 flowing from off-screen. As a bonus, another firefighter-- perhaps a former firefighter, or visiting firefighter-- is present with the videographer, and "narrates" with comments about what's happening with the house.

And why wasn't Yours Truly the first to find this? That one's easy to answer. Mr. Blogger doesn't search for videos, because he didn't think local-shot clips existed. Is this one the first? Or the first in a while?

Discussions can go in a number of directions on this one. There's the incident itself, of course, though most of the fireground action is difficult to discern. That's a factor of distance, and that the Falls pumper is between the camera and the building during much of the clip.  (Talking back to your computer and asking the guy to move to the right doesn't work. Tried it.)

We can discuss the quality of the taping, and video techniques therein. Or perhaps consider the implications of video clips themselves. Plenty of fire departments across the country have found themselves taped and clip-posted (and critiqued). Now we're getting a seat at that table.

Sure, citizens have been sharing still shots to news sites for some time now. But working fire footage on YouTube is a new one around here. And presumably such clips will become ever-easier to create and share. Watch, react, discuss.

Thinking more about video in general, what are everyone’s favorite sites for finding and watching such clips? Where are the best sites to start?
Legeros - 10/24/10 - 09:05

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