Sharon, PA WorkingHelmet Cam Video from Engine Officer

Footage from the first due engine boss

Helmet camera video below is from Mike Unrue of the Sharon (PA) Fire Department. Mike is, according to the video description, a captain and is using the video to show civilians what it is like inside a working fire.

"Sharon Pennsylvania Fire Dept. Capt. Mike Unrue's helmet cam captures an apartment fire from a first person perspective. This allows you to see and then not see what we actually deal with when fighting a structure fire. This is a two story row house style apartment building containing six different apartments side by side. The helmet cam eventually fogs up due to the cold temperatures that day that were approximatly 18 degrees F. I hope to correct this in future videos. That aside this video captures axactly what we see in a fire which isn't much. We rely mostly on hearing to find the seat of the fire. We can hear the water turn to steam when we hit a hot spot and continue working room to room until we have the fire out. In a couple areas you will see only an orange glow and then some fire as i advance towards it. As i hit the fire with water the room goes instantly black again. The date and time on the cam are wrong but you can use the time as a reference as to how long it took to get the fire out from the time the water was first applied. Hope you find the video enlightening. Thank you for viewing."

According to the Sharon Herald, the fire occurred on 1 February at the Pine Hollow Village apartments, 357 E. Connelly Boulevard. No one was injured and the fire was contained to the apartment of origin.

Thanks for sharing Captain Mike. While not knowing Sharon's staffing level, the video highlights the amount of work done by minimum and less than minimum staffed companies. You can read such an example here with Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

 

Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for PennWell Public Safety Group (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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Jeff chandler
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Very good explanation! I have been known to have the same rant.
2015-01-17 03:58:59
Anthony Correia
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Dave i agree with your whole post. However the one thing I'm not experiencing or seeing is the over safetyifcation. While i hear words spoke about being safe when possible, but not sacrificing service for safety. If anything, i see firefighters more aggressive than when i started many years back due to the increased protection…
2015-01-14 14:37:28
Jon Newton
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Well done. You make some awesome points. In regards to the "numbers".....(and kind of backing up your thought of changing tactics), we have often wondered why there is so much emphasis on RIT and the RIT/Industrial complex. I'm on Chicago and have worked in the Chicago Suburbs for almost 20 years. We've seen the advent…
2015-01-14 04:15:23
Marshall Sampietro
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spot on....
2015-01-02 14:43:50
Ron Ayotte
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“Over safetyification”... Dave, that is the best description of what those who want to prevent us from doing the job want to do to the job.
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