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Foster City PD’s Mannequin Challenge

The Mannequin Challenge is a viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a video is recorded, often with the song "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd playing in the background. The hashtag #MannequinChallenge was used for popular social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. It is believed that the phenomenon was started by students in Jacksonville, Florida on October 12, 2016.  The initial posting has inspired works by other groups, especially professional athletes and sports teams that have posted increasingly complex and elaborate videos.

Not to be outdone by pro sports, the Foster City Police Department in California’s Bay Area recently created its own Mannequin Challenge video and posted it to several online video services.  The video begins with a close up of Police Chief Joe Pierucci during briefing, then moves out, in a single take, through the police building and out into a parking lot, where officers are trying to engage a local celebrity, news channel KRON4’s People Behaving Badly host Stanley Roberts, red handed with presumably stolen evidence.

Kudos to FCPD for an engaging, fun, and outstandingly posed Mannequin Challenge!

Watch the video here on vimeo

For more information on the Mannequin Challenge trend, see this article on

and check this page at Wikipedia

Excessive Violence? PD Dash & Body Cam Video Shows the Other Side of the Story

Cellphone video alleging police use of excessive force has proliferated in both news and social media in recent years, but in many of those situations, such as this one from Lenexa, KS, those cellphones only get one side of the story – from one perspective, as this report from KSHB TV Kansas reveals.

While the incident occurred last year (July, 2015), it’s a valuable reminder that one perspective doesn’t necessarily convey the correct viewpoint of what happened – and that the proper use of body cameras for police operations can be vital to defending accusations of excessive force – or not.

Images from

Watch the report at here

"So You think You Can Dispatch?" 

Black Helmet Films, producer of the “Another 24” mini-series about the life of firefighters, has put together a new video to showcase dispatch in honor of National Telecommunicators’ Week.  Featuring the Shreveport, Louisiana Fire Dispatchers at Caddo Parish 9-1-1, this is an excellent 15-minute video worth sharing with your responders and community alike.

“The job of a 9-1-1 dispatcher is intense and demanding. It requires a certain type of person with focus and the heart of a servant. 9-1-1 dispatchers are the unsung heroes pulling the strings behind the scenes to create calm out of chaos.”

View the Video on Youtube here or click image at right

ThankYou911 Video Playing in Times Square throughout April  

In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2016 (April 10-16, 2016), all through the month of April millions of visitors to New York City will see this #ThankYou911 message playing once each hour on one of the giant screens in Times Square! Thanks to Motorola for their generous support!

Watch the short video on youtube here or click image at right

Dispatch: A Short (and very powerful) Film

A rookie 9-1-1 dispatcher receives a bizarre phone call, plunging him into a horrific waiting game. 

Based on a true story, DISPATCH, a short film, was made to bring awareness and honor to all emergency dispatchers and what they do for our communities.

Directed by Caleb Hermann and starring Tosin Morohunfola, Jeff Staab, Sarah McGuire, Aaron Hermann, the film is an intense and insightful story about a recent incident that some of you may recall reading about.  Evoking the reality of the 9-1-1 dispatch environment and featuring authentic and sensitive performances, the film provides a sobering look at the reality of the 9-1-1 dispatcher as that vital link between public and public safety, and the rare qualities that characterize those who dedicate themselves towards serving their community – both in non-emergency situations and, as this film shows, in their most dire hour of need.

Watch the full 6:56 minute video on youtube 

The trailer is viewable for all, on vimeo

For more information, see the production company’s web site at

RELATED STORY: Behind the Scenes of DISPATCH: 9-1-1 Magazine spoke with Caleb Hermann about his objectives in making the film, what it took from pre-production through shooting and post-production to get it done – and what it means to the 9-1-1 profession.

Runaway 'Unicorn' Leads Police On A 4-Hour Chase

Imagine you’re the 9-1-1 dispatcher who receives multiple calls from motorists reporting a unicorn running loose down a rural roadway.  And it’s not a full moon.

That’s exactly what happened in Madera Ranchos last Wednesday evening, February 24th, 2016. It’s a rural ranching community in California’s central valley, where roads are long and narrow and are usually given numbers instead of names.

Multiple drivers reported seeing the 400-pound animal, wearing a pink halter and horn, trotting into traffic on different highways. CHP ground units as well as a FLIR-capable CHP helicopter came in to assist in capturing the horned beast, but it proved to be too elusive and maneuverable. 

Watch the video report on the incident at at KMPH-KFRE News here .

Read our longer report, combined from multiple sources, here .


Oregon deputy rescues toddler found running down busy highway 


An alert Oregon trooper on patrol averted tragedy when he spotted a toddler running down the middle of Oregon’s busy Highway 101. The child had slipped away from his parents at a nearby community center and was heading right toward the deputy’s patrol car.  Dashcam video shows Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Gautney spotting the 2-year-old boy running on Highway 101 outside Newport on January 9.

Click here to watch the short video at

Read & watch the video shown in an extended story at

Texas Police Pull Over Chewbacca, Other 'Star Wars' Characters

We’ve got a bad feeling about this.

It wasn’t too far away nor too long ago when this video was provided by the Fulshear Police Department in Fort Bend County, Texas, showing one of their officers in an unusual close encounter with characters from the STAR WARS universe. 

Click here or on image above to watch video on YouTube


Wausau FD Shares Holiday Spirit with Code-3 Light Show

In a unique holiday light show display, the Wausau, Wisconsin, Fire Department helped create a unique light show using fire trucks and ambulances.

The idea came from Wausau West High School student Hunter Stark, who suggested the project to WFD officials.  Stark also edited the 3-minute video of the light show, synched to the song “Wizards in Winter” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

"We like to have a little bit of fun too, and be involved in stuff that brightens peoples days," Wausau Battalion chief Paul Czarapata told WAOW journalist Courtney Terlecki. Chief Czarapata told WAOW that it took 30 minutes to line up the trucks and the flashing lights, operated by crew members in time to the music.

Click on image above or here to watch video on youtube

From a story by Courtney Terlecki, Multimedia Journalist posted at WAOW/Wausau. Read the original story at WAOW here and watch their background report on the show. 

Sorry, no, this Maryland Fire Truck is NOT “Drifting”

A video posted to YouTube showing a Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Truck responding to a call has viewers all excited about a fire truck “drifting" through the intersection and have shared the video far and wide with enthusiasm... But they're wrong.

The video, along with several other views and versions, has gone viral on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media sites.  Gawkers are amazed at the sideways motion of Montgomery County’s Fire & Rescue Truck 734 as it maneuvers through traffic southbound on Route 355 through the Middlebrook Road intersection,  sharing the video link and claiming they're seeing a fire truck “drifting,” in the parlance of the motorsport of oversteering to allow a vehicle to skid (“drift”) while under control at high speed through a curve.

What these viewers and posters and sharers, of course, don’t understand is that Montgomery County’s Truck 734 is a tiller truck, which has steering on both front and rear axles.  In addition to the driver in the forward cab, there is a second in the back of the tiller steering the rear wheels, allowing the truck to move laterally and this maneuver through heavy traffic and narrow streets.

A number of firefighters and other tiller-aware educators trying gently to explain the concept of tillering the rig, and that, honestly, fire trucks do not “drift.”  Well, perhaps not until the next FAST & FURIOUS movie, and even then, certainly not a articulated rig!

For a good demonstration video of the turning capabilities of a tiller truck, see this more video about Pierce’s tiller for the Pacific Grove (Utah) FD. 

Alabama fire department uses funny video to teach the proper way to use 9-1-1 'dagnabbit'

Taking a humorous approach to informing residents about public safety and the appropriate use of 9-1-1, the Tuscaloosa Fire & Rescue has created a silly video reminding residents not to call 9-1-1 for non-emergencies.

"What we try to do is make sure that No. 1 when people call 9-1-1 [they know] we are going to send somebody, and we want them to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency," Fire Chief Alan Martin said in a story posted at, adding that if they have a non-emergency, residents should call a non-emergency number and expect an appropriate response to their situation.

The video, the idea of the departments firefighters,  was posted to Tuscaloosa Fire & Rescue's Facebook page today, featuring Fire Lt. George Harbin playing all of the roles. 

The video was produced by Lance Holloway of Holloway Productions.

Click here or on images above to watch the video at the website

Follow Tuscaloosa FD on their Facebook page here .

Drones give emergency responders a bird's-eye view of Utah flash flooding

The Utah Division of Emergency Management (DEM) has released new video showing the spot where flash floods started in Hildale and Colorado City. The emergency division was able to follow the flood path and get upclose and far-away looks, proving drones are becoming a valuable resource for emergency responders in disaster areas.

"We're able to see real-time what the camera on the quad-copter is seeing," said Joe Dougherty with the division.

In only the second time the state's emergency department deployed its drone on a natural disaster, the Hildale drone footage captured valuable information for emergency crews. "We were able to fly and show exactly the flood channel — right down inside the actual channel, which you would never get a helicopter in there," Dougherty said.

The video not only aided in search efforts, but helped assess the widespread damage. "Documenting nature's destruction is also a really important function that we do," Dougherty said. "If we were ever to make a request to the federal government for help, video is going to give us loads of information."

Click on image at above right or here to watch the floodpath flyover on the Utah DEM youtube page.

Watch the complete news story with embedded videos on here

Slide Show: How does the Incident Management Team system work? 

With the number of wildfires burning across the Western United States in recent weeks, the use of the Incident Command System was an absolute necessity to keep individual incidents organized and order the right kind of resources necessary to manage and mitigate the fires.  The use of formal, qualified Incident Management Teams became apparent to provide a high level of leadership in fighting these massive wildfires.

The US Forest Service has put together a photo-based, captioned slide show to describe what these national Incident Management Teams are, and how and why they are utilized to maintain a high level of dedicated and qualified management on incidents such as we are seeing in the current Western US wildfires.

Click the slide show here or on the image above to watch the slideshow (27 images).

Click on first image at this link and then click next (arrow, right side of image) for sequential slide show.

Note: This is a Facebook-page based photo album – you must be a Facebook member to access it.

Powerful new Pub Ed video from AT&T about Don’t Text/Glance/Email While You're Driving

AT&T's "It Can Wait" public education campaign hasn't pulled any punches in educating cellphone users about the dangers of texting and driving.

Marking the campaign's fifth anniversary, the company has created a beautiful but horrifying film that shows how not just a text, but any smartphone activity while driving, can endanger users and those around them.

In Close To Home, directed by Anonymous Content's Frederic Planchon, we are introduced to six characters on a perfectly average day. Their lives are then irrevocably changed by the devastating consequences of a seemingly innocent glance at a phone while driving.

As AT&T reminds EVERYONE, no post is worth a life. It Can Wait.

Click image at right or here to watch video on Youtube

Unsung: A Day in the Life of Hard Work: Wildland Firefighter

An interesting behind-the-scenes look at the working world of a Florida forestry firefighter, as part of Shell Rotella's "Unsung - A Day in  the Life of Hard Work,” a series of highly stylized, dynamic short-form documentaries that capture the often overlooked heroes who are working behind-the-scenes of almost every industry.

Katie Corrigan is a wildland firefighter for the National Park Service in Everglades National Park, and a new mother. Katie and her fellow firefighters use specialized tools and techniques like drip torches and aerial ignitions to manage prescribed burns – fires started and controlled by firefighters, designed to stimulate natural plant growth and reduce the risk of a larger, uncontrollable burn.

The video does a good job conveying what it takes to tame the Everglades and showcasing the hard work exemplified by those in the industry on a daily basis.

Click here or on image at right to watch video on youtube

Video: Motorcycle Crashes Into Fire Truck

A unique perspective on a traffic collision and its aftermath when a motorcycle crashes head-on into a Fire Dept Crew Bus in the L.A. hills.

The incident occurred a few months ago but the driver’s GoPro video, which recorded the entire incident, was just recently shared online.

Remarkably, the motorcyclist survived the collision, but suffered two compound fractures of his left leg and a severely broken arm. 

According to a report posted at, sharing a story originally appearing on (we’re sharing the firerescue1 link because it is sans commercial), 24-year-old Jesse Lopez racing up Glendora Ridge Road on April 1 with another biker, when he came to a blind curve and crashed into the firetruck. “His GoPro camera went flying off his helmet and captured him laying on the ground as it flew in the air,” read the report.  “Lopez's friend picked up the camera, nervously pacing as crew members rushed to help Lopez, who suffered two compound fractures in his left leg and a severely broken arm. He was later airlifted to a trauma center.”

"Especially head-on, you don't think many people would survive that. Guess he's lucky to be alive," his friend Angelo Guerrero said.

For a short (30-sec) clip of the impact, see the video on youtube

Better: watch the full-length video (19 mins), which shows the ride up to the encounter with the fire truck, and the aftermath as the mc driver is treated by firefighters and coordinate the response and arrival of a medical helicopter at

Quake Prep: Preparing California for the Big One with Capstone 2015 Exercise

Via California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

What does it take to prepare you for a life-altering disaster? Got it? Now multiply that exponentially. Preparing the state of California is a very complicated process on a scale that’s hard to imagine. But that’s what we here at Cal OES do; that’s our bailiwick, our area of expertise, and our charge.

This story is designed to take you inside the operations and hopefully give you a new found appreciation for what the state does to prepare for disasters, especially the “big one” like the Southern California Catastrophic Plan earthquake scenario being exercised at Capstone 2015.

You’ll also understand that there’s a lot of work that happens when California isn’t in disaster, and that the state has spent millions of dollars and hundreds of hours worth of planning for specific events like the earthquake plans in the Bay Area and Southern California.

Click the image above or here to watch the 7.5 exercise video on youtube.

For more videos from CA OES, see

USGS Uses 'San Andreas' Film As Quake Preparedness Reminder 

by Wayne Freedman/via

Teachable Moments in new Disaster Movie

By now you may have seen the previews for SAN ANDREAS, an earthquake disaster movie in which San Francisco plays a starring role.

Now local disaster officials are seeing this film as a teaching moment. 

USGS says they are grateful for this movie. David Ebarle, who works in San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management command post, will be seeing the movie Friday and considers it a good excuse to remind locals about being prepared for earthquakes...

Read the whole story at

Above right: ABC7's Wayne Freedman tweeted this photo and comment on his twitter account.

How dispatchers should handle chemical suicide calls

This 8.5-minute  training video posted at looks at how 9-1-1 dispatchers can better recognize and respond to chemical-suicide calls to keep responders safe:

Click here or on image above to watch video

 - via

Superbowl 9-1-1 Domestic Violence Spot

Watch the official Super Bowl NO MORE ad (the first-ever Super Bowl commercial addressing domestic violence and sexual assault) and pledge to say NO MORE at The 30 second version of NO MORE's Super Bowl ad will air live during the first quarter of NFL Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.

The spot's only audio, a real 9-1-1 call played in its entirely, also sends a powerful message about 9-1-1 dispatchers with its closing statement.

Click here or image at right to watch the full-length 60-second version of the video on youtube


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

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


What You Need To Know About the “Video Quality in Public Safety” Initiative, 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.

The news anchor concluded the report with, “As we spoke to the officer today he reminded us that, while there are bad things that happen in our cities, there are many good things…”

Watch the story, and the video (clearest version, no commercial), at  Originally posted at

Epic DC-10 Wildfire Air Tanker "Movie Trailer"

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

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


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 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:

For more information on Serve & Protect, see


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


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 U.S. Department of Agriculture has produced a very slick video about wildland firefighting, named “The Heart of a Firefighter.”

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


New Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice and Survival Documentary Available 

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

To order, see:

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


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

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


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, 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 

So far, 15 children have died of heatstroke after being left alone in cars, this summer. More than 500 have died since 1998, and 73 percent of those cases were babies under the age of 2.

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


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, 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.

  The film opens on March 15.

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.

Orders began shipping in late October.  Click here to order either DVD or Blu-Ray

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


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

Robert Blan had a boyhood dream of becoming a police officer. That dream came true at the age of 21, when he became an Oakland (CA) Police Officer.

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.

- Via National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Click on image: Nancy & Michelle Blan share their personal experiences at National Police Week 2011.





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