Hot New Tech for Fire Service: Wearable Video

With the help of industrial-grade wearable video solutions, today’s modern fire safety professionals are seizing the power of digital video technology to streamline operations and enhance communications.

In recent years, the evolution of digital video technology has dramatically expanded the ability of fire safety professionals to collect valuable evidence. However, many popular consumer-grade video cameras are not suitable for use in the field – video quality may be poor, especially in low-light conditions or bad weather, and the information may not be admissible in court due to chain of command requirements.

To overcome these challenges, today’s modern fire service professionals are turning to industrial-grade wearable video solutions. Designed for first responders, these advanced tools can capture and store tamper-proof video and audio to deliver an accurate and unbiased record. As wearable technology, the devices serve as total situational awareness and seamless digital information capture tools, and important assets for fire scene investigators and inspectors. Recently, I took a look at the use of wearable video technology in fire service in Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Magazine.

When it comes to fire safety operations in the field, industrial-grade wearable video devices are especially useful to crime scene investigators, as they can preserve hard-to-document early scene images that may prove critical to solving an investigation. Because the data acquired by law enforcement officials with these specialized tools cannot be manipulated, the use of video evidence at trials has become widely accepted for the judicial process. Optimized to record both day and night images and engineered to produce high resolution video, the most advances devices may even pick up something the human eye may not.

Wearable video solutions also allow fire inspectors to more easily assess and mitigate potential fire- and life-safety hazards. Using the devices to collect and store video data digitally, fire inspectors can maintain records of building code assessments that can be automatically uploaded to a mobile computer or tablet mounted within their service vehicle. Recorded video footage can also be used by commanders to assess fire investigators’ and inspectors’ performance in the field, or can be leveraged to help train new team members.

Chain of custody concerns are one of the biggest problems faced by public safety officials, and a breakdown in communication can have significant impacts on the ability of investigators and inspectors to relay critical information. By using wearable video solutions, fire safety officials can help ensure that evidence acquired at the scene of a fire will be admissible in court by making it possible for officials to share reliable, secure video footage between agencies without losing the evidentiary integrity of the data involved.

With the help of wearable video solutions, fire investigators and inspectors have the power to significantly enhance information management processes, streamline communications between public safety agencies and improve overall efficiency. Better suited for the field than ordinary video cameras, wearable video technology offers the durability, streamlined management capabilities and other benefits that make it a valuable tool for fire service professionals.

To learn more about the benefits of industrial-grade wearable video camera systems, be sure to check out Panasonic’s WV-TW310 wearable video camera solution.