Helmet cam: Firefighters without SCBA, water improvise
Footage from the West Plains Fire Department shows first-arriving firefighters at a house fire forced to form a bucket brigade
What a harrowing video! It's easy to see, hear, and share the involved firefighters' frustration with not having the right apparatus, tools, or equipment to handle this structure fire.
Like all firefighters, of course, they didn't give up and did their best to improvise a response, with an appropriate safety margin given their available personal protective equipment, from the resources at-hand.
A few important points:
- How many of our departments have exercised their contingency plans for severe disasters where parts of our communities might be, quite literally, cut off from help due to flooding, snow, wildfires, or other hazards?
- What will your fellow firefighters do if presented with a similar situation to that faced by those in West Plains?
- While there is certainly a potential downside to helmet cameras, if expectations are not clear and the resulting video footage is not properly managed, it's hard to imagine a better training tool for the fire and emergency services.
- Fire Attack