Officials: DC fire truck dash cam did not record fatal crash

A fire truck that was involved in a crash that killed one man and injured a pregnant woman did not have a memory card at the time of the incident

By FireRescue1 Staff

WASHINGTON — Fire officials said a dash cam on the front of a fire truck that was involved in a crash that killed a civilian driver and injured a pregnant woman did not record the incident.

FOX5 DC reported that D.C. Fire and EMS Engine 26 was on its way to a call March 9 when it collided with a car, resulting in the death of the car’s driver, Deangelo Green. A pregnant woman who was standing on the sidewalk was injured.

Fire officials said the camera did not have a memory card installed at the time of the crash.

“Since the fatal accident on March 9, 2018, we have learned that there was not a memory card in Engine 26’s dashboard video camera,” officials said in a press release. “These cameras are designed to record real-time video of crashes or other incidents, but the use and functionality of the equipment has been unintentionally uneven over the years.”

“Because of this, in January, the Department entered into a contract with a vendor to evaluate the condition of the dashboard cameras on all of our apparatus; this evaluation was ongoing when Engine 26 was involved in the accident,” the press release continued. “The purpose of the contract is to assess the video equipment and functionality in each engine, ladder truck and ambulance. The long-term goal is to ensure that each unit has a working, recording and retrievable video.”

Sources also said that several apparatus dash cameras do not record video.


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