Helmet Cams on the Fireground: Part 1

The Helmet Cam Firefighter

Intro

Recently, there’s been a lot of media attention on the role of helmet cams in the fire service.   The ban on helmet cams by the San Francisco Fire Department following an incident that occurred during the response to the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 has garnered national attention:  Helmet cams: Should they be banned? – CBS News Video.

After being interviewed by a couple different news agencies about the usefulness and prevalence of firefighter helmet cams, it became clear that for such a hot topic, there is very little useful information on the subject.  Most of us know they’re being used, but for what purposes, exactly?  What are the risks?  Are they worth it?  What are the best practices for their use?

With all this attention, now seems like a good time to have a much needed discussion on these cameras.  Over the next few…

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