A firefighter from Yukon VFC captured a December 30th, 2014 structure fire in South Huntingdon Twp with their helmet cam.
The structure was full involved upon arrival and also had interior collapse forcing units on scene to go to an exterior attack.
By Molly Born – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
There are reasons it might be helpful to put cameras on firefighters’ helmets: It could help with investigations or training and even serve as a third-party observer during a blaze.
But North Versailles Commissioner Russell Saula can’t get out of his head all the bad things that could happen with the helmet-mounted cameras. A firefighter, he said, could easily videotape a prized coin collection or confidential paper on the dining room table. Or worse.
“I don’t want somebody coming in my house and filming,” he said this week. “My wife might be in her negligee. Who knows where these tapes are going afterward?”
Because of that and other commissioners’ worries, township leaders on Thursday voted to forbid firefighters from using any audio and video recording equipment while battling a blaze.
By Anne Cloonan – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A new ordinance in North Versailles highlights an ongoing dispute between two township fire departments.
On Thursday night, the North Versailles commissioners passed the ordinance banning the making of audio and video recordings by township firefighters when they are fighting fires.
Helmet cams will no longer be allowed. The ordinance also states that firefighters who continue to use helmet cams will lose their right to serve the township as firefighters.
Commissioners George Thompson, Frank Bivins, Russell Saula, Vincent Paradine and Sam Juliano voted for the ordinance, and commissioners George Beswick and Daryl Mitchell voted against it.
During discussion before the vote, Mr. Saula said firefighters filming something of a private nature could expose the township to liability.
Township solicitor Greg Evashavik said the township wouldn’t be responsible for that because it would be the fire departments, not the township, who would be videotaping.
By HoopieWorld.com / Video by 108 Captain – Glenn Pritchard
On Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, crews were dispatched for a working residential structure fire with possible entrapment on Mazer Avenue in Ross Twp. Crews arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire and negative entrapment.
108 Truck was assigned to ladder the building and vent the structure. You can see them accomplish these tasks in the video. Enjoy!
Story by HoopieWorld.com
On December 1st, 2013 crews fought a residential structure fire on South Chestnut Avenue, in Avalon Borough.
Bellevue 108 Lieutenant had the helmet cam rolling and included some nice narratives to explain what was going on at the time.
The video runs about 6 1/2 minutes long. Enjoy!
I was sent a helmet cam video from a friend of mine of firefighters responding to an apartment fire in Harrisburg. I know Harrisburg isn’t in western PA, however the quality of this video and the fire load in the apartment was impressive, so I figured the western PA whackers would enjoy it.
Harrisburg units were dispatched to an apartment fire at 1410 South 15th Street in Harrisburg with people jumping from the 3rd floor. This fire occurred in the early morning hours of November 14th.