Inside the Inferno: Adelaide Hills Ablaze, A Firefighter’s Perspective
Just another day at the office for these Aussie firefighters, assigned to structure protection in the midst of a growing wildfire near Adelaide, South Australia. At least a dozen homes were destroyed by the fire in the Adelaide Hills, with another 20 also feared lost. Wearing a Go-pro helmet-mounted videocam, move in with this firefighter and his crew to protect this wilderness structure.
Click here or on image at right to view the video via firerescue1.com
New Video describes benefits of SAFECOM to Public Safety Interoperability
SAFECOM is a governance body which is made up of public safety and elected officials that address public safety communications interoperability issues. There’s more to communications problems than technology, which “is really only one piece of the interoperability puzzle. Governance, standard operating procedures, usage, training and exercises are also critical,” says Ronald Hewitt, Director of the DHS’s Office of Emergency Communications. “Technology is usually not the factor that keeps us from communicating with one another.”
As public safety communications advances more rapidly than ever, SAFECOM has been established to help guide this progress. A new video briefly describes the program.
Click at image to right to watch the video.
Dramatic Video: Fire truck collides with police helicopter blades in Chile
A Chilean fire truck arriving at an accident scene collides with the rotors of a police helicopter landed at the same event. According to the news reports quoted, the landing zone was closed/secured and the fire truck was approved to enter the area, but clearly drive too close to the whirling blades. Three police officers were injured, and the helicopter pilot (outside the ‘copter but struck by the tail as it began its spin) remains in critical condition.
The comments on the news report add some interesting further information about how and why the ‘copter kept spinning on the ground.
Click image to read full story, watch several videos at statter911.com
What You Need To Know About the “Video Quality in Public Safety” Initiative
FirstResponder.gov, a section of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate that provides first responders with information on technology, resources, programs, and the like, has posted the Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) video. This 100-second-long overview of the VQiPS program is intended to assist the first responder community in clearly defining and communicating their video quality needs.
As the video explains, video is becoming an increasingly important tool in public safety, as administrators and city officials are looking more and more to video technology to deliver public safety services. Video will play an even bigger role in FirstNet, which has been tasked by Congress to facilitate the building, deployment, and operation of a nationwide public safety broadband network.
Public safety practitioners rely heavily on video technology as a tool by which to keep the Nation safe. Poor quality video footage can have serious implications and may mean the difference between life and death. Through the VQiPS initiative, public safety practitioners, Federal partners, manufacturers, and representatives of standards making bodies are working to improve the way in which video technologies serve the public safety community.
With this short video tutorial, 9-1-1 and emergency response administrators learn the basics of what they need to know about the VQiPS program and how video technology will be used, received, and communicated by public safety in the coming years.
Watch the video here
Official 9/11 Memorial Museum Tribute In Time-Lapse 2004-2014
EarthCam has posted a commemorative time-lapse video showing the construction of the 9/11 Memorial Museum on the New York City Ground Zero site, from 2004-2014.
Click the image above or here to watch the video on youtube, and remember the sacrifices made by the first responders/the amazing construction teams, and all of those who died in the 9/11 attacks here, at the Pentagon, and in a quiet field in Pennsylvania.
Florida cop pushes disabled man to safety from storm
Within seconds of the officer arriving to help the man, lightning struck near the two
From report by Lindsey Fry, NBC2/FORT MYERS, Fla.
Fort Myers (FL) police officer Gil Benitez works the night beat. He tells us his nights are far from boring. On Thursday night, around 8:30 p.m., he received an unusual call of a man in a wheelchair stuck in the rain. He responded to Bent Creek Loop, where he saw Michael Arnold sitting in his electric wheel chair on the side of the road. Within seconds of Benitez arriving to help Arnold, lightning struck near the two. Amidst pelting rain and in danger of further lightning strikes, Officer Benitez pushed Arnold’s stuck wheelchair the block to his home, then dried him off and stayed with him until family arrived.
From the Santa Maria Air Tanker Base in California comes this epic tribute to the
DC-10 Air Tanker, made in the style of an epic hero movie trailer.
Coming soon to a wildfire near you!
Click here or on the image at right to watch the video on YouTube.
Video: Texas cop rescues woman seconds before train hits them
A video released by the Richmond Police Department captures an officer pulling a woman from railroad tracks moments before a train speeds by:
Via Richmond (TX) Police and PoliceOne.com
The incident was reported on the department’s Facebook page:
On Sunday, June 22, at approximately 1:00 AM, Officer R. Morales with the Richmond Police Department was flagged down in reference to a female sitting on the railroad tracks in town. Officer Morales responded and found a female on the tracks. As he approached the railroad crossing the warning lights and bell sounded for an approaching train. Without regard for his own safety Officer Morales went on the tracks and pulled the female off shortly before the train arrived at the location. Officer Morales then kept the female from standing back up and running back to the train. The female was later taken the hospital for an evaluation.
Facebook members can view video on Richmond PD Facebook Page
For those who do not have Facebook, read story and watch video here at PoliceOne.com
Helicopter rescue of fallen hiker at Yosemite Falls
On May 28, 2014, at approximately 11:45 am, the Yosemite Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from an individual in a party of four backpackers stating that one of the members of the party had fallen into the creek at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall. When the hiker slipped and fell into the creek, the swift water of the creek flushed him through more than 100 feet of whitewater before he was able to pull himself onto a boulder in the middle of the gorge. Had the subject been unable to self-rescue by getting onto the rock, he would have taken fatal plunge over the lower waterfall.
Once Park rangers arrived on scene to assess the situation, a short-haul rescue was called for. Park Helicopter 551 was called in to rescue the hiker from his position inside the gorge. After flying to the site, the helicopter inserted a rescuer into the subject’s location, who put the victim into a harness and brought him up into the helicopter along with the attendant rescuer. The patient was lifted out of the gorge and back to Ahwahnee Meadow, where he was transferred to an ambulance and treated for hypothermia. The person had no injuries.
Click here or on image at above right to watch video at nps.gov web site
Click here to read more details about the incident.
Dubai's super fleet: World's fastest police car
Dubai police show off their impressive collection of high end sports cars.
Click here or on image at right to view video on the blutube.policeone web site
Serve & Protect: Plain Talk About PTSD & Suicide
Free 15 minute Video for In-service Training
This 15 minute video contains considerable information regarding PTSD and Suicide in these professions. Serve & Protect is pleased to provide it free for use in your training sessions. Our goal is to help those who serve our communities. Share it with others in these professions too.
Watch the video via youtube: http://youtu.be/qXh1pAh9nx4
For more information on Serve & Protect, see http://serveprotect.org/
Modesto, California Fire Helmet Cam
Three-alarm fire in Modesto shows challenges firefighters faced
Posted by Modesto Firefighters Local 1289 on YouTube - On 05/16/2014 at 18:16 Modesto Regional Fire Authority responded to a 3 alarm fire at 516 Comstock Court. The following raw footage is from a helmet camera worn by a MRFA Firefighter who responded to the Emerald Ave. fire with over 22 other units from Modesto and neighboring agencies. Firefighters were challenged by 15-20 mph winds and lack of initial man power. The fire started in dry vegetation and quickly spread to adjacent homes. The fire damaged 8 homes and burned nearly 20 acres of field. Due to low staffing levels, Modesto was left unprotected for hours. During that period of time MRFA resources were forced to stop responding to medical emergencies. In addition an entire off duty shift was called in to respond for subsequent emergencies that still had to be answered.
Click image or here to watch video at firefighternation.com
Essential Swiftwater Rescue PubEd Video Available on youtube
Among the most important swiftwater safety videos you’ll see, and one that did much to educate public safety as well as the public in the early days of swiftwater rescue understanding, is NO WAY OUT, which is now available on youtube.
NO WAY OUT was created in 1993, largely in response to the February 12th 1992 drowning death of a San Ferna
ndo Valley 15-year-old named Adam Bischoff. Bischoff, one of dozens of youth who’ve lost their lives in Los Angeles’ concreted waterways.
On a rainy day, Bischoff got into the concrete Calabasas Creek. Heavy flows quickly washed him miles downstream, into the Los Angeles River. Despite a heroic L.A. Fire Department mobilization to save him, the boy perished. His body was later recovered in the Sepulveda Basin.
The incident did a great deal to drive awareness of local drowning dangers, and helped spur local emergency responders to create more robust Swift Water Rescue units. The 20-minute NO WAY OUT continues to raise awareness about the seriousness of drowning dangers in urban waterways.
NO WAY OUT was created Nancy J. Rigg, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and frequent 9-1-1 Magazine writer, who in 1980 had lost her fiancé Earl Higgins to the Los Angeles River. Higgins helped to rescue a youth who had fallen into the river; but in doing so he was swept in himself and drowned.
The tragedy changed the direction of Nancy Rigg’s life. She became a tireless champion of swiftwater rescue programs, drowning victim support, and public education on the dangers of concrete waterways. Rigg previously created the acclaimed video, DANGER! DEBRIS FLOW, about the dangers and differences of flash floods and debris flows.
Watch NO WAY OUT Part 1 on youtube
Watch NO WAY OUT Part 2 on youtube
Watch DANGER! DEBRIS FLOW on youtube
For more information on the Drowning Support Network, click here
Video Tribute to Forest Service Firefighters
The purpose of the video is “show what we do as USFS firefighters and also the drive and passion of the people that fight fire,” noted Jason Steinmetz of the USFS Washington Office.
The teaser video focuses on the men and women involved in Fire and Aviation Management, who well represent the pride exemplified by all Forest Service and other employees in "caring for the land and serving people."
The video portrays the brave wildland firefighters of all federal, state and local agencies serving to protect millions of acres of our forests, our communities, and our natural resources.
This is a two-minute “teaser” of the final product which is expected to be five to eight minutes long.
Click image or here to watch the video on youtube
Now available in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats, Heroes Behind The Badge: Sacrifice & Survival is the new highly anticipated follow up documentary film to the original Heroes Behind The Badge, released in 2012. This new documentary film, produced in partnership with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund not only features the harrowing stories of the fallen, but also focuses on the incredibly inspiring stories of those who have been critically injured in the line of duty and have survived against all odds.
This new film tells the stories of brave officers who have laid down their lives in the line of duty and also the stories of the countless officers each year who are physically disabled, many of them permanently, in violent confrontations.
Heroes Behind The Badge: Sacrifice & Survival aims to change the way we look at the men and women of law enforcement and recognize these officers for the supreme sacrifices they make to protect and serve the public.
Click image at left or here to watch the trailer for the new documentary film on youtube.
For more information, see http://www.heroesbehindthebadge.com/
To order, see: nleomf.org
See also our story on the first Heroes Behind the Badge movie here .
Law Enforcement Cross Country Holiday Greetings Video
Happy Holidays from more than 33 agencies across the United States. Local police and sheriff departments filmed holiday greetings and sent them to the Arlington Texas Police Department, which posted them on youtube.
National 9-1-1 Program Announces New Video on Benefits of NG9-1-1
Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1 is a complex issue and its success requires the support and collaboration of not just the 9-1-1 community, but of first responders, legislators, and the public.
The National 911 Program has released a short video that explains the benefits of NG9-1-1 for all of these audiences. The video:
- Summarizes the need for NG9-1-1
- Explains a non-technical overview of the expected benefits of NG911
- Identifies potential challenges in the transition process
- Serves as a useful tool for introducing NG911 to those who are not familiar with NG911, but are essential to a successful transition.
The three-minute animated video was developed to serve as a discussion catalyst, and includes a variety of issues for continued discussion, such as technical standards, governance and potential legislative changes.
State administrators, 9-1-1 Authorities and county and city 9-1-1 leaders may consider sharing the video with other 9-1-1 community leaders, or with first responders, legislators, and state/local agencies.
The video is free and available for use at conferences, in presentations, in one-on-one meetings or at town hall gatherings. The video can be viewed, shared and downloaded at http://www.911.gov/ng911movie.html
Pull to the Right for Sirens and Lights PSA
The Santa Clara County (CA) EMS System has produced a Public Service Announcement that is intended to teach drivers and pedestrians what to do when they encounter an emergency vehicle operating with emergency lights and siren. The video was produced using active EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers, firefighters, and deputies from the Santa Clara County EMS System.
30 and 60+ second versions have also been produced in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
This PSA has been produced with funding from the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund. Sponsorship for this video provided by the Santa Clara County EMS Agency, Santa Clara County Fire Chief's Association, and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
Click here or on image above to watch the video at youtube.
For more information see www.sccemsagency.org
What Happens When You Call 9-1-1?
An excellent example of a public education video about 9-1-1. Oak Park (Illinois) firefighter Colleen Kobyleski takes a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when you call 9-1-1.
Click here, or the image above, to view the video on youtube.
Originally posted to youtube in 2011.
So the Sheriff Hired a Dispatcher
Earlier this year, the Fort Bend County (Texas) Sheriff’s Department posted this video, recognizing the hard work of their 9-1-1 operators and dispatchers – making a valuable tribute to telecommunicators everywhere.
Click here, or the image above, to view the video at the Fort Bend County Sheriff web site
For more information on the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office, see http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=1149
Valuable Situational Awareness Lesson in Dashcam Video as Pursuit Ends When Woman Collides With Train
This dashboard camera footage comes from the Woods Cross (Utah) Police Department. After pursuing a suspect associated with an unwanted guest disturbance call, an officer witnesses the suspect drive into a southbound freight train passing through on the farthermost track of a double-track railroad crossing. Her car stuck on the closer track, she is then hit and propelled ahead by a second southbound train.
The pursuing officer was attempting to remove the driver from the vehicle when a second officer arrived and alerted him to the oncoming second train, allowing him to step out of the way seconds before the collision.
The woman in the car survived with minor injuries, including a broken arm. And a new arrest record.
This makes an excellent situational awareness video – had the second officer not arrived in time to alert the first of the oncoming second train, this could well have been a line of duty death.
Watch the video here .
Read the news story, with embedded video, here.
- via Chris Berwick and fox13.now, Utah.
Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer LDV Launches New Promotional Video
LDV has posted it latest promotional video, Driven to Deliver, to its youtube page. The video outlines the company’s goals and takes a look behind the scenes into the innovations that have made the company a premiere supplier of mobile command post to public safety and other industries.
Outlining such unique features as Intel-I-Touch, a comprehensive multiplexing system through which users deploy the vehicle's critical components with the touch of a single button, the industry's premier functional space and optimal truck configurations, including a fullyu-welded and completed integrated flat floor slide-out, with service and trainers available 24/7.
Mobile Command Center users will learn a lot about LDV’s capabilities and services – watch the Driven to Deliver video on youtube here.
Remarkable Cockpit view of Air Tanker Water Drop on California's Rim Fire
Here's a viewpoint you don't often see. This is cock-pit view of a C-130 MAFFS II airtanker making a low drop on the flanks of the Rim Fire near Yosemite on Thursday, August 22, following and directed in to the drop by the Air Attack spotter plane, closely coordinated with ground units... This is MAFFS 6 from the 146th Air Wing, Channel Islands, CA. The Rim Fire began on August 17th and, to date, has burned nearly 188,000 acres in the central Sierra Nevada range, near Yosemite National Park, and is considered one of the largest wildfires in California history, with a huge mutual aid response operating on the fire. As of Aug., 28, the fire is reported to be 23% contained, with full containment expected by September 10th.
Watch the video on youtube here or click on image above.
Related videos include:
MAFFS 4 water drop on Rim Fire, August 19th. click here .
Precision helicopter water drops on the Rim Fire: A collection of clips shot from a UH-60 Black Hawk from the California Army National Guard's 1-140th Aviation Battalion (Air Assault), based out of Los Alamitos, dropping water from a Bambi bucket on the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near the town of Columbia, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013. Click here .
Werner Herzog’s haunting documentary against texting while driving is essential public education
The 35-minute documentary film FROM ONE SECOND TO THE NEXT came together when AT&T approached the famous German filmmaker Werner Herzog and asked if he would direct a series of short films warning people about the dangers of texting while driving.
"What AT&T proposed immediately clicked and connected inside of me," Herzog told the AP. "There's a completely new culture out there. I'm not a participant of texting and driving—or texting at all—but I see there's something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us."
Focusing on four accidents, some of which were fatal, Herzog aims his camera squarely at the faces of both victims and perpetrators, asking them to describe in detail what happened and the aftermath.
It is not easy viewing, but, for the "more than 40,000 high schools" and "hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies" where it will be shown, it will undoubtedly be effective. As Herzog says, "In one second, entire lives are either wiped out or changed forever."
The video has been released to YouTube, presented by AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile. You can watch it here.
Water tanker douses truck fire
MSN recently posted this video after authorities called in an air tanker to drop water on a truck fire on a remote Canadian highway in early August, 2013. According to the CBC, the truck driver was expected to be okay.
Watch the video here (or click on the image to right)
PSA Video a Devastating Reenactment of What Could Happen If A Child Is Left In A Car
Red Castle Productions has created a PSA to prevent more tragedies. In 'One Decision,' actors reenact what could happen if a child is left in a car for a short time -- it can take as little as 15 minutes to suffer life-threatening injuries. The video also shows what to do if you ever notice a child alone in a car.
Watch the video here
For more information about heatstroke dangers for children left in cars, see this page at www.kidsandcars.org
Close-call on building collapse caught on video makes an excellent learning tool for proactive incident command
This recent incident handled by the Boise (ID) Fire Department demonstrated excellent command and control - not to mention perceptive safety alert about a potential wall collapse moments before it came crashing down.
Posted by statter911.com, the video included video and command/tactical radio traffic that portrays a calm and assured radio control from both incident commander and dispatch, and serves as a powerful lesson in incident command, textbook use of ICS, and fire scene safety. - rdl
Watch the video here .
Video Aims to Prevent Fire Tanker Rollovers
Let's help eliminate deaths and injuries to emergency responders from fire department tanker/tender rollover crashes. Please share this video with fire departments in your area or membership. The video contains a special introduction for fire fighters to the Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation in cooperation with NTTC. Single copies for reproducing the video are available at no cost for reproduction and sharing with a larger audience.
The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) has developed a new version of their Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video to help target the fire service. The original intention of the video was to target cargo and commercial tankers “to help educate water tanker drivers on the special characteristics of tank truck vehicles and the actions they can take to avoid rollovers.”
Developed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the lessons translate easily to fire department water tankers. Topics covered are safe driving techniques, understanding how liquids move while operating the vehicle, how different vehicles affect travel, and highway factors.
A National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report published in 2001 states that 62 people were killed in tanker rollovers between 1977 and 1999 (PDF, 102.1Kb). In fact, deaths from tanker rollovers top the list in apparatus accident fatalities. The report did not discuss injuries from tanker rollovers.
The 20-minute online video is ideal for training, and DVDs may be requested. The video is available for download here in F4V (Flash) format. NTTC encourages agencies to create and distribute DVDs using this download.
New Movie Stars Halle Berry as LAPD 9-1-1 Dispatcher
From movie director Brad Anderson comes a new film that is sure to intrigue 9-1-1 professionals. In a time where field responders seem to get all the glory in Hollywood moviedom, Anderson’s new film, THE CALL, stars Halle Berry as a Los Angeles Police 9-1-1 dispatcher whose close call from a killer takes her from the console to the streets.
Berry plays a veteran LAPD 9-1-1 dispatcher named Jordon. When she takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
Click the image at right to watch the trailer on IMDB
For more details, see our news story here
Read the Editor's review of THE CALL here
Produced by Modern City Entertainment, HEROES BEHIND THE BADGE features stories of some of the brave men and women of law enforcement who have put their lives on the line and survived, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Filmed throughout the U.S., this documentary highlights the lives of four fallen officers and the enormous impact their passing has had on their family members, colleagues, and community. The film also features the stories of three officers who narrowly escaped their assailants.
These living legends share their personal insights about how their near-fatal encounters have affected their lives. This inspiring film will change the way we look at the men and women of law enforcement and highlight the unselfish acts of bravery they carry out each day in the line of duty.
50% of the net proceeds from the film will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
See our earlier story on making the documentary at http://www.9-1-1magazine.com/PPT-Heroes-Behind-The-Badge
This eloquently powerful PSA was developed with the San Ramon Valley Fire District in California, about a new iPhone App alerting CPR trained members of the community. Using Hollywood styledfilming techniques, no dialog and an absorbing musical score, the PSA poignantly demonstrates how CPR-trained citizens in the vicinity of a cardiac emergency can be notified of the need for CPR via their iPhone and can render aid while emergency responders are on the way.
The app, developed by PulsePoint, enables members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States. App users, who have indicated they are trained in CPR, can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. The app uses sophisticated location-based services to alert citizens in a public place of the need for CPR. The application also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the nearest publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED).
A number of agencies have adopted the app, which is available for download from the iPhone app store. The San Jose Fire Department in California is the largest agency thus far to launch the app. (see our earlier report about the iPhone app as used in San Jose, here )
Watch San Ramon's PSA on youtube here
Video: NIU psychology study links 9-1-1 dispatchers with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms
Homicides, suicides, domestic violence, car crashes. For most people, it’s the stuff of nightmares. For busy 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers, it’s all in a day’s work.
Now a new study by researchers at Northern Illinois University suggests that the on-the-job, indirect exposure to trauma puts dispatchers at risk for developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “We found that dispatchers report significant emotional distress related to handling duty-related calls, and this type of distress is associated with increased risk for developing PTSD or PTSD symptoms,” said NIU Psychology Professor Michelle Lilly, one of the authors of the study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.
See also our news report on this study here.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Video Series: Visiting the Memorial for the First Time
On May 23, 1973, Officer Blan was shot and killed during a traffic stop. He was 24 years old and left behind a wife and two young children.
His name was proudly inscribed on the marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial when it was first dedicated in 1991 and was solemnly read with the original 12,560 names of fallen law enforcement heroes.
Unfortunately, his wife and children were not there to hear it. His daughter, Michelle, visited the Memorial for the first time in 2010 and had a life changing experience. She made it her goal to bring her mother with her to the Memorial in 2011.
And that goal was accomplished. Not only did Nancy and Michelle Blan attend National Police Week last year — they graciously decided to share their inspiring experience with others, in hopes that they would find solace and comfort knowing they are not alone and that their loved ones will always be honored and never forgotten.
Click on image: Nancy & Michelle Blan share their personal experiences at National Police Week 2011.