Video by: TheMTZFD. Video info: Assisted LCFD with a vacant house fire. Had water issues throughout. No injuries to anyone involved.
More info via Mt. Zion Fire Protection District web site: Mt. Zion was called to assist Long Creek for a report of flames coming from the roof of a house. Upon arrival found the house to be heavily involved in fire. Mt. Zion assisted in fire suppression, and overhaul. The house was a complete loss. One firefighter sustained minor injuries from a large diameter hose coupling striking him in the knee. However, was checked out at the ER and was able to return to the scene. Footage is from BC Paul Hartwig’s helmet camera.
Best of the Rest – ESS Review, VES Helmet Cam, Terrible FF & Leader?, Promotions, and My New Thinking CapNo comments
Right now is the busiest time of the year for me. It starts when Lacrosse season begins (I am the coach of a team of 23 U11 players). I do it because they don’t have enough coaches and because my son plays. I don’t even have an assistant coach. I am not the best coach in the World, but I think I get the job done.
On top of that, FDIC was just held in Indianapolis. Last year, FDIC was a blast and when I got back I felt as though I was stuck under a heap of work…that heap never let up. I have the same issue this year, and again I never dug myself out of the work last year.
I am managing though. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Currently, we are behind on about 8 reviews over at FireProductReview.com. The ESS Eye Pro review is complete and can be seen here. The 1st in Leather review will be up later today.
Keep me informed of what is going on. I try to keep up, but it isn’t happening. If you want information shared on “Best of the Rest”, email me or contact me another way.
The video below is VES Helmet Cam video out of Colorado Springs, CO. More info on it here: IronsandLadders.com offers a view and commentary on a Vent-Enter-Search (VES) Video in the latest post. Read it here.
TenSeventyFive.com offers his latest post “I’m A Terrible Firefighter And An Even Worse Leader“. Read it and offer your opinion in the comments.
Box Alarm Leather has a new line of custom products out in collaboration with MN8 Foxfire. “Illuminated by Foxfire” gear can be ordered on their Facebook page. You might also check out their web site for more products.
FireGeezer.com is chock full of great content this past week or so. We send our condolensces to Bill on the loss of his wife. Mike Ward and the rest of the crew have been keeping the blog hopping with a ton of great stories.
IronFiremen.com’s Captain Wines wrote a great piece titled “Promotions… “SILLY SEASON” is here, Recruitment, Retention and More!“
Dave Statter continues to keep it real…in true “retired guy” spirit, he shows the rest of us that he doesn’t sleep and continues to post around the clock. Check out all of the great stuff over at STATter911.com.
The video below was shared by a reader.
Have you ever thought about using the local park for training?
I’m not sure why they evacuated the house in the end…but I enjoyed this video for the audio more than the video.
Video by: firewolfranger. Info: helmet cam footage from a mutual aid structure fire on Saturday …. I have more footage, and will probably put up a longer video later, but this is from my actual time inside … no response footage from this one, we were already at the station returning from a rescue call when we got called to this one …
Video by: . Video info: This is a 2 part video. The 1st part is of an occupied 1 story house fire with smoke showing / fire venting from rear bedroom. We had 2 probationary firefighters with us that day and WOW was that fun. Pass devices going off and getting blasted in the face with an open nozzle was fun. But we ALL have to learn at the beginning! The probies made a quick stop and all was good. Until 1 year later the same house came in and it was going a little better this time, especially thru the attic. We were going to make the same push thru the front but the heat conditions were deteriorating by the second and being it was a vacant house now with fire thru the roof in some spots, we knocked it down from the outside and then went in. No one was injured but this was our 4th structure fire within our 24 hr shift….we were beat. The cameras used were the Fire Cam MINI HD and the Fire Cam 1080 Fire Helmet Cameras from www.firevideo.net
Video by: HPZ1442. Video info: This video is from Firefighter Tikkanen’s helmet camera. He was responding on Engine 2, the 2nd due engine for this fire. Crews responded to a report of an occupied dwelling fire on Connecticut street. They arrived to find heavy smoke showing. Upon 1st due crews entry they found heavy fire conditions on 1 and 2nd floor. The crew was able to extinguish the fire before it made its way into the attic.
Not much fire footage on this video since the camera man was going in on the second line. You can see the heavy smoke in the beginning of it. I edited out most of his footage since it was just darkness. The guys described this one as an ass kicker, 3 bottle each fire. I was not personally on this fire.
Photos at the end are compliments of Steve Redick and can be viewed or purchased on his web site http://ksc711.smugmug.com/.
The camera used is a Firecam 1080. You can check them out at firevideo.net
FDIC FOOLS Bash, Baltimore FF Critical, Highland Park Rescue Video, NC Rescue, Chief Tom Carr Passes and MoreNo comments
This is going to be a long post, actually several posts in one…so bear with me.
Captain Wines and I are in Indianapolis for FDIC. We got in last night and headed over to the FOOLS bash. We didn’t make it to the FSW meetup, but I heard that it was enjoyable. Our full itinerary can be seen here. More on FDIC in a minute as you scroll through this post.
FDIC FOOLS Bash
Check out the photo album and more on the Fire Critic Facebook Page!
Chief Tom Carr Passes
Charleston, SC Fire Department’s Chief Tom Carr (Retired) passed away Wednesday. Dave Statter has the news here.
A former leader of the Charleston Fire Department has passed away.
ABC News 4 has learned that former fire chief Thomas Carr died following a battle with MSA, a rapid form of Parkinson’s disease. He was 59 years old.
Chief Carr was hired as Charleston’s fire chief in 2008. He helped reshape and redefine the department following the 2007 Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters.
Baltimore County Firefighter Critical
Reisterstown VFC Firefighter Gene Kirchner in critical condition. Firefighter Kirchner was found unconscious on the 2nd floor during a house fire. A 58-year-old man was found dead in the house. STATter911.com has coverage here and here.
As other firefighters tackled the flames, Winter negotiated his way into the adjacent room in his search for 2-year-old Dylan Burkett.
“I couldn’t see him. It was pitch black with smoke,” he said. “After going in the second bedroom I kept hearing a small cry, and every time I heard a cry, I went in that direction and found him.
“He was in a corner on a bed just sitting there. Once I could tell he was still crying, it was a good feeling, and once I got him outside, it felt pretty good.”
Highland Park Rescue Video
Video by: HPZ1442. Video info: We responded to a report of flames showing from the side and front windows of a liquor store on the 1st floor of a 4 story apt building. We arrived to find smoke and flames showing, and that the Police Dept had already evacuated the occupants of the building. The liquor store was sealed up pretty tight and it took us a few extra minutes to get into it. While we worked on that, PD informed us that they may have heard screams on the 2nd floor while they cleared the building but that it was to smokey to go check. # of us responded to the main entrance and to the second floor where we found smokey conditions and limited visibility. PD and one of our off duty FF’s informed of the apt number the woman was believed to live in. The manager had said she was unaccounted for. We masked up and advanced in to find her. She was found in her unit, and carried out by Firefighter Eason. We were then informed of another possible victim. We went back in to search for him but while searching his apt we were informed that he had already made it out. My camera died at this point because I cannot seem to remember to charge it!
At this time fire had extended into the 2nd and 3rd floors. We advanced hose lines through the windows from units adjacent to those that were on fire. The fire was brought under control in a little more than an hour. We operated on scene for several more cleaning up hot spots. We contained the fire to damaging only the liquor store where it had originated, and 4 apt units.
Used a firecam 1080 from firevideo.net any sound you hear cut out is not from the camera, I actually edit some of the content out of it.
Video by: Da Engine. Pretty decent helmet camera video. Unknown the location of the fire or department involved. Feel free to inform me if you know where this fire occurred. One comment on the Fire Critic Facebook page says they see “Chattanooga” on the side of the engine. I tried to slow it down but couldn’t make it out.
Video by: KPaul77. Video info: Truck 3-1 officer Sgt. Kyle Paul. 2nd due truck and 3rd arriving unit. Truck crew was originally assigned to open up and search for stairs leading to division 2. Due to lack of water supply crews were evacuated out until a water source was established. Truck crew entered a second time and vented division 2. Dave Statter has more on the fire here
Video by: bobbybushae. Video info: Our engine was dispatched to a structure fire on 56th St. We were the 1st due engine which found a 1 story house fully involved. The 2nd due engine was 3 minutes out which brought us a hydrant located @ 700 FT away. High wind conditions was spreading the fire to a nearby vacant structure so we opted to protect any exposures / weeds with a handline and wait till we had a stable water supply from the hydrant / 2nd due engine. If we activated our deck gun, our 1,000 gallons of tank water would have been gone in 30-45 seconds. As the fire was not near any occupied structures and winds were high, the decision was made to let it burn and put out the remains. This helped as we only had 6 firefighters on scene and also could have prevented injuries. The video was filmed with the Fire Cam 1080 from www.firevideo.net
Video by: Erik Hirner. Video info: Helmet camera footage from Ladder 3 tillerman at 2nd Alarm Box 104 for a reported kitchen fire at 343 North 13th St in Reading, PA. Companies arrived to find heavy fire from the rear of 2 dwellings in the middle of the row with extension to exposures on both sides. Multiple lines were stretched and operating from 3 different engines to bring the wind-driven fire under control with extensive overhaul.
Engine 1, Engine 9, Engine 3, Engine 5, Tower 1, Ladder 3, Rescue 1, Medic 2, Car 1, Car 3, Car 7, and Car 22 responded on the 1st alarm at 16:37 hours.
Engine 7, Ladder 1, Medic 1, Car 2, Car 600 and the Fire Marshall’s Office responded on the 2nd Alarm at 16:43 hours with mutual aid from Mount Penn Engine 1, Spring Township Engine 85, Exeter Township Rescue 25, and Exeter EMS
For more info and photos, see check out ReadingPAFire.com athttp://readingpafire.com/history.html…
Filmed using a Fire Cam 1080 from FireVideo.net
Video by: 618danny. Video info: A video of what we as 100% volunteer firefighters deal with on a daily basis. most of the footage was shot using a Gopro on my helmet and on a chest mount. i do not own rights to the song in the video.
The department is State Park FD in Collinsville, Illinois. Their Facebook page is here. Although I could be wrong.
Fire Critic says…decent compilation of firefighting video. I am curious of the span of time to get all of the video.
I wonder if the firefighter seen learning a very valuable lesson at 1:24 mark suffered any burns?
Video by Bryan Riley. Video info: Engine 72 and Truck 7 responded for smoke coming from the building in the 44000 block of Smoke Hill Road in Wildewood on 3-23-13. Companies found a fire on the back wall with extension to a storage loft. This video is Truck 7 arrival (1st Arriving Truck) and Lt. Thorne Helmet Camera on 1st Arriving Engine. see more at www.hvfd7.com. Audio courtesy of www.scanmd.org.
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- FireVideo.net / FireCamera.net
- Facebook Page – 7k+ fans
- Youtube (username BobbyBushae) - 3k+ subscribers and 1.4 million video views
Fire Cam is owned by Firefighter Rob Schield who took some time to answer our questions about his company and products.
What products to you manufacture and/or sell? We manufacture the Fire Cam 3 HD, Fire Cam Mini HD, Fire Cam 1080 and Fire Cam HD Dash Cam
Can your products be purchased from local dealers? No, only through a few distributors like The Fire Store and on the FireVideo.net online store.
What makes your products better than others in the market? You can go to the front page of www.firevideo.net and see “Heat Test” video on the front page which will show you other helmet cameras failing fairly quickly and ours passing with no problems.
Also, with being a full time firefighter I knew that we needed to build a product that would be able to stand up to multiple fires and other incidents. It needed to be NFPA compliant and also intrinsically safe. We spent a lot of time testing different product designs in which some have failed in the past. The new “Fire Cam HD” line of camera is the best yet. ALL of our cameras have been tested by professional testing facilities such as the Maryland Fire Service Institute and Texas A & M Fire University just to name a few. We are proud to say that our cameras have passed heat testing and IP68 pressure testing.
Also, we added the “Fire Cam Damage Warranty” which if your cameras components accidentally get damaged in a fire, or however its damaged, you are covered for a FREE replacement. There is no other warranty on the market like it! How can you go wrong?
How long have you been in business? I have been a full time firefighter for 14 years in East St. Louis and we see a lot of fires. After coming up with the idea of putting a small camera on my helmet in 2006, I shot a video that went viral over the weekend which was posted on Break.com. Here is the video – http://www.break.com/index/fire_helmet_cam.html . You can see the date was Oct – 2006. That video was the 1st fire helmet camera video and was only a 320×240 VGA camera and it looked SO bad! Technology has changed so much. Due to the response I had from firefighters around the USA, I knew I had a good chance to develop something for the fire service that no one else has done before, so I developed “The Fire Helmet Cam™”. The first website you can see here at www.firehelmetcamera.com . We used to resell the ATC-2000, but after finding out there were copycat companies trying to resell the same thing and take over our idea, we hired a few engineers and now manufacture our own. Now we manufacture our own “Fire Cam” brand of cameras. We make sure that our customers know this because our cameras are stamped with our trademark “Fire Cam” and can be identified on the side of all of our cameras. We did this because a few companies are reselling their cameras as “Fire Helmet Cameras” which they buy off of eBay and resell to customers who do not know any better. These knock of cams are really hurting people who buy them because when they fail, they call our company wanting a replacement, but then they realize it’s not ours and they are out of luck with no fire footage and a failed camera. You can see a list of these on our website at www.firevideo.net under the “Compare” page.
What is the best experience your company has had in relation to providing products to the fire service? Over the years we have had so many. They range from Fire Investigators thanking us for designing a great product due to arson litigation where our cameras were used in court and also the high amount of calls we get from Fire Chiefs thanking us due to the way the cameras and free SOP/SOG’s we have provided them with have helped their dept with training, critique, review and investigations.
Are any of your employees firefighters? Where? Yes, we have several employees that work in Volunteer and Paid fire departments in our area. Most of them work with customer service or technical support for Fire Cam.
Does your company get booth space at conferences? If yes, what are some of the highlights of those shows? Yes, we go to the Firehouse convention in Baltimore sometimes and always try to go to FDIC every year. We will be there this year hopefully showing of some really cool new products. The best part of FDIC is the firefighters that we meet that tell us about their experiences with our cameras and of course it give us a chance to get out and see other new products and meet new people.
Fire Cam will be with BlackJack Flashlight Holder at FDIC (booth #3038)
What new products can we expect from your company in the future? Ahhh, one must wait for good things to come! We actually have several new products that will become a “game changer” that only a handful of people know about. These will definitely bring video technology to a new level in the fire service. We might have a prototype ready to see at FDIC if you want to stop by our booth!
Video by: . Video info: Firefighters were alerted to a house fire around 9pm. Initial reports of a fire in a vacant house. Heavy smoke & fire were visible upon arrival. As firefighters made access the vented fire lit off, firefighters made a quick knock down with an 1″ 3/4 line and second due Eng. Co pulled a second back up line. Truck Co. made access and began a primary search (which confirmed no occupants) and then began pulling ceiling to expose fire in the attic and walls. In total Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control in approx. 30 minutes.
Video by: bobbybushae
As a member of the East St. Louis Fire Dept, we continue to struggle with manpower and equipment failure everyday. Our dept responds to the highest percentage of fires in the St. Louis metro east.
With over 150 firefighters that used to protect this city, only 53 remain due to budget cuts. Unfortunately the East St. Louis fire department is facing laying off 22 more firefighters in May 2013 which is extremely dangerous.
Most fire departments respond up to 5 engines, 2 Chiefs and 15 firefighters to a house fire. Right now only 2 engines and 6 firefighters respond to a structure or house fire in East St. Louis EVERYDAY which is well below the number required by the NFPA. This is not to mention the other fire calls that come in. If layoffs occur, that number could fall to 3 firefighters and 1 engine which will be catastrophic.
I ask you to PLEASE share this video with your fellow firefighters and others so we can let the public know what we are up against. The 2nd half of this video was filmed in @ a 4 month period with the Fire Cam 1080 Fire Helmet Camera™ from www.firevideo.net and is about East St. Louis Firefighters. But ultimately, it is about ALL of us and what we do everyday. Firefighters everywhere protecting life and property.