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Published February 23, 2012, 06:19 PM

Fargo Fire Department uses helmet cam to gain an advantage

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not every day the public gets to take a look inside the infernos the brave men and women of the Fargo Fire Department fight every day. With a new tool, you can, and more importantly, the department can analyze its own firefighting techniques.

It's not every day the public gets to take a look inside the infernos the brave men and women of the Fargo Fire Department fight every day. With a new tool, you can, and more importantly, the department can analyze its own firefighting techniques.

It's small, lightweight and portable, and at $200, it's cheap too.

Matt Nelson – Fargo Fire Department: “It's a learning tool. It's something for us to evaluate ourselves.”

The Fargo Fire Department's new helmet cam has been put to use twice since it was bought a few months ago. First, this black lab was rescued on the icy red river near El Zagal Golf Course in late December. Most recently one firefighter strapped the camera to his helmet as they fought Tuesday's garage fire in North Fargo.

Matt Nelson: “Much like athletes and coaches watch game film, we can see us actually in action, in a fire, in real situations to be able to learn from our mistakes and do our jobs better.”

Operating this high definition is as easy as it gets. Even in full fire gear it's as simple as a flip of the switch.

Matt Nelson: “It's a good snap shot of what's happening in real time and what actions are being taken in real time.”

Nelson hopes eventually they can have a similar camera on every truck, for every fire to make every experience a learning event.

Full helmet-cam videos of the dog rescue and fire can be found on our website, just log onto WDAY.com

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