Fire EMS, Firefighting, Leadership

Recruiting and Retaining Members

Issue 4 and Volume 169.

If you haven’t noticed lately, emerging fire department videographers have been displaying their work on several video Web sites throughout the Internet. YouTube and others such as Vimeo have grown exponentially over the past few years. Many volunteer fire department videos have become overnight viral sensations, whereas others offer great training value through critical assessments. Fancy helmet cameras are seen quite regularly, and more than a few booths at FDIC International and other conferences offer video equipment for helmets, drones, and trucks. These uploaded videos may or may not have been vetted by peers for sensitive footage. A decent number of videos showcase the inability to properly use personal protective equipment (PPE). Other videos show precarious scene actions or station horseplay that drives rage and criticism from weekend armchair firefighters. It appears that no fire station is without PPE sin. It makes you wonder why fire departments display such behavior…

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