Aug 20, 2014 7:48 PM
"AAA was looking for an opportunity to find a way to support our local community." Says AAA Business Manager Steve Mathews.
AAA was in the market to help out a local first responder organization. They chose the Chico Fire Department.
"We had an opportunity to support them with a donation so they could purchase some cameras to help with fire prevention and fire safety." he added.
A $3000 grant from AAA went to eight helmet cams for the department.
"This is where the camera fits in and as you walk in wherever you are looking at you will see it on the camera." says Fire Captain Mike Murphy.
The new helmet cams will provide raw footage of what the firefighters do on a day to day basis.
"We just turn on the camera and what you get is what we are going through. It will be a good tool to show the public what we do."
He says with the tools they can review footage and improve their techniques.
"What we provide with the footage if it goes out to other departments it would be helpful to them. Also, if you have things you do wrong you can fix those."
The biggest issue with the cameras is privacy. Murphy says they won't start using the cams until an appropriate policy is created. They do not want to infringe on anyone's right to privacy.
"What we are going to do is look at policies from other departments and look at them and develop our own policy and make sure that it is reviewed all the footage is reviewed."
The footage will be department specific and will not be turned to the public unless deemed necessary. Murphy thinks these tools will ultimately help the department make the community a safer place. The department expects to have a policy finished and cams on helmets by October 1st.