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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Ron Ayotte
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Ric, excellent article. Your FD is not the only one that suffers from TAS (Training Anxiety Syndrome). Same circus, different community. As far as seeking help from an EAP, I did take advantage of my community's EAP 8 years into my career. I was heading down the road to a separation/divorce after I got promoted…
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Mike McAdams
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2014-12-02 14:45:23
Ruel Douvillier
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2014-12-02 11:48:44
Joseph carroll
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2014-12-01 19:05:51
Brian
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