One of the hard parts about being a firefighter today is that whether it’s an EMS run, a trip to the store for dinner or showing up at a fire, someone is there to record it for posterity. If it isn’t a fellow firefighter with a helmet-cam it’s a neighbor or passerby with a cell phone camera. And if you don’t do your job perfectly each time, you can be sure the time you screw up will be caught on video and shared for everyone to see and then comment.
Such is the case with this recent car fire video posted by PhillipsburgEms. This is something not likely to make TV news in most communities but is ready made for YouTube. In this case it catches a Phillipsburg, New Jersey firefighter’s frustration over standing there with an empty hose for longer than he would like. The firefighter yells to the pump operator, “Hey, what’s going on?”. He then says something else I can’t quite make out about the pump before putting down the nozzle and heading to see for himself what is causing the delay.
The camera also catches someone (not sure if it’s a civilian or firefighter) in shorts and no shirt helping to stretch out hose as the line is charged.
I can only imagine what the cameras would have caught if the digital age occurred back in the 70s when I was riding fire trucks. I don’t envy anyone who has to perform in front of the camera perfectly 24/7. Even when it was my job to be on camera every day, unless it was live, at least I was able to do re-takes.
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