Fire behind the front door in the 200 block of West Poplar Street

FireandFilmShenandoah

Below is helmet camera footage of the Shenandoah Fire Department at a house fire on 17 January 2014 from the site FIREandFILM.com. According to the narrative on the website the department was alerted to the possibility of a fire in the area and proceeded to investigate. READ MORE

Here is another video showing the scene on West Poplar.

Photos from the scene are also shown through FireandFilm.com

Take some time to read these articles from FireRescue Magazine by contributors Kevin Milan of South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (CO) and Matt Tobia of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department (MD) on using fireground videos for training. There is a lot of good advice in each.

"Using Fireground Video as a Training Tool"
The Internet provides a vast wealth of videos that can be used to teach firefighters and company officers

"Using YouTube as a Training Tool"
Used properly, YouTube can serve as a valuable training tool for both older & younger members

"Using YouTube as Training Tool, Part 2"
“Identifying the mission,” the first step when using YouTube for training purposes

"Using YouTube as Training Tool, Part 3"
Use the AAR framework & a rubric to build training exercises that involve YouTube videos

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We've used several YouTube submissions in training classes. We usually pair them up with Essentials or Fundamentals videos showing the "right way" to do things. I agree that we must be careful what we put out there for all to see and applaud those willing to share when appropriate. Sometimes videos posted are created by bystanders and the content is not under the local department's control. Those might be embarrassing in some cases, but serve as valuable training tools.

We will continue to look for YouTube content when classes can benefit from visuals.

I have and will use some clips to enhance a training point on tactics or activities on the fireground. As Norm stated, if we use "common sense" or sometimes intelligence about what we post, then we as a whole can benefit from the clips.

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