Helmet cam captures mayday response in Pa.

Firefighter who posted footage said he hopes other departments will use video as training opportunity


MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Helmet cam footage captures an apartment complex fire in Pa. that trapped four firefighters and resulted in a mayday.

Around 125 firefighters responded to the lightning-sparked fire July 15.

The video, posted by Newtown Firefighter/EMT Cody Stoner on Friday, also contains radio transmissions.

In the video, command orders crews to pull out of the third floor. Less than a minute later, the first mayday is called.

Four firefighters were on the third floor when the roof collapsed. Then the two firefighters who called the mayday jumped over the second-floor railing onto a small overhang and were rescued by ground ladders.

When a second mayday is declared for the remaining two firefighters, one is found on the ground while the other makes his way down the steps through fire.

"I encourage other fire depts to use this video as training," Firefighter Stoner said when he posted the video on YouTube. "Talk about what went well and critique what you think should have been done differently."

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