02/09/11 69 W - + 5 - 0 Durham Helmet Cam Action

Statter911 found and blogged about this YouTube footage from a house fire Monday morning at 2814 Crest Street in Durham. Engine 2, Engine 10, Engine 11, Ladder 2, Ladder 11, Squad 2, Battalion 2, and other units. Haven't seen a lot of helmet cam action around here. Does it get posted fairly frequently (for Durham or elsewhere), or is this a rare treat? (At least, among those departments that permit same.)

There hasnt been a lot of usage or posting of helmet camera footage, or even regular video camera footage in the area. Some department policies forbid the use of these devices, while those that do permit them – their members either dont have them, or if they do, may forget to turn them on when responding to a scene.

With all of the fear of liability and privacy, its hard to find good footage, however in my opinion, it can be a great training aid if applied properly.
A.S. Meier - 02/09/11 - 09:04

There are more videos, including helmet camera footage, on the unofficial DFD website. http://www.durhamfire.net
Durhamfire.net - 02/09/11 - 14:31

I have used one from time to time and I discovered that I do a lot of boring stuff and look at the ground a lot, that does not make foe exciting video.
helmet cam user - 02/09/11 - 17:56

helmet cam user = Silver’s other screen name. LOL. I would have to agree that a video of the ground outside the Northway Ct. firehouse would be a bit boring to watch.
RescueRanger - 02/09/11 - 21:39

Wrong my friend….I had one, and didn’t post any footage on ___________ (insert site here). I’m not here for the “look at me, look at me” factor. They’re a great training tool, and I wish a policy would be put in place to allow them. Review them as a crew post fire and critique it. No posting allowed on any sites, and if you do, HOLD THE INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABLE.

The few fires I caught with mine in operation (when allowed), I cared less about producing a decent video. Lots of shaking cam stuff, looking at the sky, ground, left, right, high and low (and all over again). I caught a few clips of good venting practices and ground ladder placement, but all in all, I had a job to do and if it caught good footage, then so be it. If not, oh well.

Yet another instance that proves we are our own worst enemies…
Silver - 02/09/11 - 21:57

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