Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) are currently used to great effect by Police and Fire services, as a means to collect evidence and deter aggression against officers. After successful large- scale roll outs for both of these services, first responders and ambulance staff have begun trialling BWCs.
Whilst Police use BWCs mainly to gather evidence and deter aggression from members of the public, fire services opt to use them as a command tool to highlight best practice.
BWCs are an efficient and effective device for improving training and work place procedures. It is the employers’ responsibility to ensure the safety of their employees, and BWCs have been proven to be a powerful tool in helping staff tackle ongoing challenges throughout their day.
Similar to Fire Services, first responders have successfully used VideoBadges to improve training through showing best possible working practices. The Resuscitation Research Group (RRG), in Edinburgh, successfully used Edesix BWCs to garner information on the success of new protocols, to evaluate interactions between paramedics, and to discern best working practice. BWCs also make it possible to assess the potential effectiveness of new equipment.
As well as using BWCs as a training tool, they also benefit first responders in the same way as other the emergency services. BWCs dissuade antagonistic behaviour from the public and can be used to gather evidential quality footage.
BWCs were identified by the Oxford University hospital as the as the ideal tool for confrontation prevention, de-escalation of incidents and efficiently recording footage of notable security instances as and when they occur. When necessary, these high quality recordings can be shared with the police or used to investigate the validity of accusations made against the security team.
With the proliferation of BWCs in Police and Fire Services, first responders are primed to become the next emergency service to benefit from their use.