12/15/11 117 W - + 2 - 0 Watching Videos

Watching a pair of YouTube videos, found during my semi-regular search on "fire NC" and "fire department NC" and "house fire NC." There isn't a lot of current or recent fire footage on that site. Neither from fire photogs nor fire departments. Draw conclusions as desired. These two were interesting to me. Nearly two minutes of exterior operations at a house fire during snow (!) in Beaufort in January 2011, and a fast-moving fire in Orlando, FL, also from January. The second video was found as a related/suggested video for the first one. Shows just how fast-moving that fast fire is moving, as well as residents' attempts to extinguish.

Mike I agree there are No videos, at least I havent found of NC incidents
Clay Simmons (Email) - 12/15/11 - 11:35

I draw a comparison to the seeming plethora (please pay 25 cents for that word) of fire videos from “up north,” at least I see frequently featured on other fire blogs. Why don’t we have even a minimal quantity in these parts? I think there are a couple possible reasons. First is probably the fewer fires, and how that translates to the hobbyist photographer. (But which is different than the freelance/stringer news photographer, like Carter in Johnston County, who has been taping for years.)

If you’re a buff and inclined toward video, there just might not be enough “action” to shoot to keep you interested and sustained in the pursuit. (And we’ll use “action” to denote flames showing, versus aftermath footage. Maybe our state doesn’t have enough “big burners”— due to younger cities and less urban density— to compel videographers to action. At least on any sort of regular basis.)

But what about the workers that do happen, and that could be/are photographed by their departments? Why don’t we see more department-released footage? Good question there. Let me think about it, and let me ponder if that’s usual or unusual. Meaning, are most fire videos that can be found privately shot, or a mix of private versus departmental?
Legeros - 12/16/11 - 08:36

There is a different mindset between north and south. Having worked around both, I’ll offer this- Down south we are more reserved. We are also more suppressed, in a sense. There seem to be more suppressive policies related to cameras, pictures, video, social media, etc. Up north we are not so reserved, and there is even a sort of ‘bragging rights’ at stake. Policies that suppress some of these activities are a little harder to get past some of the unions, plus, the mind set is that it is more accepted, it seems.

That follows with other contrasts I have noticed. Up north there is a more public display of company and unit pride. It is not just in the station that you see posters, pictures, custom tables, etc., but you see it on the apparatus, the helmets, etc. Down south, there is more uniformity, especially, it seems, in the smaller agencies.

To quote the Food Lion cat- “Just my $0.02 worth.”
It is different around these parts - 02/03/14 - 10:18

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