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Video: Viral video firefighter appears on ABC News

After his compilation helmet-cam video went viral, Firefighter Scott Ziegler was given a chance to speak on national news

By FireRescue1 Staff

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — The Mich. firefighter whose one-year compilation video of fighting fires that went viral online is now making headlines on national news.

Firefighter Scott Ziegler appeared on ABC News with Diane Sawyer to talk about his eight-minute video and why he made it.

He said that if people can take anything away from his video, it's that people understand how firefighters nationwide are battling blazes with fewer resources.

"Maybe they can take a look at that video and think 'Well those guys do a pretty dangerous job. It seems to be that they might need more people than less,'" Firefighter Ziegler said.

Firefighter Ziegler also took time during his national spotlight to talk about safety and the precautions families need to take to stay safe.

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Nathan Enyart Nathan Enyart Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:18:22 PM Can we say holy smoke?
Chris Jones Chris Jones Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:06:00 PM Not sure why that one guy didn't already have his scba on before climbing the ladder.....
Steven T. Cornella Sr Steven T. Cornella Sr Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:31:06 PM We were just forced to replaces are Helmets and borex because of not in compliance regulations His face shied LOOK not were near what mind look like Besides the Ends are Curled up making it a EYE SAFETY ISSUE.
Jason Amburgey Jason Amburgey Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:34:58 PM When I saw this video thats the first thing I thought too!
Brandon Davis Brandon Davis Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:33:02 PM Amazing, only thing you got out of that video is he didn't have his scba on before climbing the ladder!! Stand up for your brothers and get with the program or find a new job.
Christopher Armstrong Christopher Armstrong Friday, January 18, 2013 4:28:38 AM This is a good example of how we need to start marketing the fire service. We need to advertise why we do what we do so we can gain a greater support for from the public!
Virginia Sattler Waterson Virginia Sattler Waterson Friday, January 18, 2013 5:03:15 AM Yet another free lance with national coverage, NICE ABC. But again the Men are the only reference. You would think that a National News reporter might do a better job of helping tell a equal opportunity story. Heres a clue as one of those (Female) Firefighters out there fighting the fire AND working the front line for public education to get/getting funding to our department. Might catch up with the TIMES and use Firefighter. OH, clean gear is the best gear to provide the best protection for you, remember back to the basics.
John Brenenstuhl John Brenenstuhl Friday, January 18, 2013 5:04:31 AM That's the problem with the fire service now, to many monday morning quarterbacks. The first thing I see in the video is firemen getting the job done not that he was not wearing an SCBA. You guys sound like a bunch of school girls that would not have made it in the fire service 30 years ago!
Richard Speakman Richard Speakman Friday, January 18, 2013 5:28:50 AM hey to the guy that made this video is there any way our department can get a cop of this video in any way, we can surely use it in promoting our situations with the people in our town I'm with stockton volunteer fire department all of our department have been threw fire one and two.
Suzanne Orzel-Douville Suzanne Orzel-Douville Friday, January 18, 2013 6:47:10 AM All I can say is my son is a volunteer firefighter in a small town in Massachusetts and I say a prayer for him and the other firefighters every time he is caledl. I pray that they be safe and all come home and that the victim is okay. Proud of my young man!
Chuck Brady Chuck Brady Friday, January 18, 2013 1:04:01 PM Awesome!
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Friday, January 18, 2013 2:53:07 PM Thank you Scott for the insight and good sense to help us all gain the awareness from the communities we serve.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Friday, January 18, 2013 2:55:19 PM Thank you Brandon. I have trouble sometimes with why so many people find fault in anything others do.
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Friday, January 18, 2013 3:17:30 PM Here is the link brother Just copy and past it where you need it or go to YouTube and get the link under the video. click share then click embed to get this code.
Maryann Darr Maryann Darr Friday, January 18, 2013 3:21:40 PM Who doesn't support you and our Firefighters - send my those two names so I can straighten them out!!!
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Friday, January 18, 2013 3:23:00 PM This is a great example of a Firefighter who is working hard for the department and the service in general by knocking down the flames and the wall of ignorance about the needs of the Fire Service.
Joseph Hunt Joseph Hunt Friday, January 18, 2013 4:27:41 PM Right
Jason Plesetz Jason Plesetz Sunday, January 20, 2013 3:55:15 PM I really like how he went above and beyond to show what it's like and how we do need more firefighters to make sure we are all safe!
Jason Plesetz Jason Plesetz Sunday, January 20, 2013 3:59:42 PM My Grandfather served in the fire service 30+ yrs ago and he would have killed for the technology we have today!
Scott Ziegler Scott Ziegler Tuesday, January 22, 2013 5:56:00 AM Absolutely. You can get it from youtube as well as my other videos that are more full versions of fires I responded to. I hope it really helps bring attention People need to know.
Pedro Juan Torres Pedro Juan Torres Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:12:27 AM The point of this video is to show what firefighters do every day yes even fireman make mistakes like the firefighter that went up the latter without an SCBA the problem is not the fireman that do this job Every day is NFPA They have the rules and regulations but don't enforce them that's why there's a lot of fireman killed every year because of stupidity that's how fellow fireman get killed because they have to rescue stupid people when they do stupid things. To my fellow firefighters god bless be safe on the job and go home safe to your families and if you don't like what I said tough s***
Flaresun Fire Group, Inc. Flaresun Fire Group, Inc. Tuesday, January 22, 2013 5:10:23 PM People like him are the reason we go to work every day...every single day. The fact the government does "across the board" funding cuts angers me and makes our job even more critical. We don't need more tax dollars from citizens to support firefighters and other first responders. We need a responsible government that will do the work and not just take an ax to the budget that includes these brave men and women that make the world a safer place. Thank you to ALL of those firefighters. We know what you do because most of us are one, have been one, or are married to them. Peace Out and stay safe~.
Leo Oppenlander Leo Oppenlander Monday, February 04, 2013 2:29:41 PM I have been a firefighter for 8 yrs and now I'm tryin to get on the local fd here. I miss fightin fires and helpin people most of all.
Paul McKeever III Paul McKeever III Monday, February 04, 2013 3:51:02 PM look at detroit. half of em don't even wear a scba when venting a roof.
Brian Matzen Brian Matzen Monday, February 04, 2013 5:11:55 PM Nice Job

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