Though traditionally used for the capture of evidence for use in court, this is not the limit of potential uses for Body Worn Cameras (BWC).
Due to the high quality of both audio and video recorded, BWCs can also make for an effective training device for ensuring best practice or reviewing new processes, procedures and equipment. Such methods could be applied to any frontline worker, with trials being conducted currently by fire services and paramedics.
The concept of using BWCs for training purposes has already been applied by paramedics in the UK. Paramedics have successfully used the BWCs to help improve training and to highlight best possible working practices. The Resuscitation Research Group (RRG), in Edinburgh, successfully used Edesix VideoBadges to audit the use of new protocols, to evaluate interactions between paramedics, and to discern the best working practice. Our body cameras also make it possible to assess the potential effectiveness of new equipment.
Following the positive response of staff and commanders after the successful trial of Edesix Body worn cameras (BWC) in ten Birmingham Fire stations, West Midlands Fire Service have chosen to deploy 75 Wi-Fi enabled VideoBadge VB-300s into the field.
Coverage by the BBC, Ambulance Today and the Birmingham Mail, who shared dramatic footage of the BWCs in use at a gas explosion in Birmingham, has made the public aware of the exciting new technology which will help progress operational practises, fire prevention and safety activities. The cameras will be worn by the officers in charge of the incident scene with the footage used later for training and development purposes.
Watch Commander Gemma McSweeney has summarised the exciting opportunities the cameras will bring, claiming that the cameras will;
“Play a key role in helping our firefighters and incident commanders be the best they can be”
The West Midlands Fire Service are the first in their field to roll out BWCs for this purpose, with the success of their initiative likely to encourage other fire services to trial BWCs in their stations.
At the Emergency Services show, Gemma McSweeney explained West Midlands Fire Service’s use of Edesix VideoBadges, as can be seen in the link below;
This preceded a BBC Midlands report about Edesix Body worn and WMFS, which can be seen here;