Body-worn cameras have become an accepted and beneficial piece of equipment for police forces globally, used to gather unbiased evidence, protect officers and the public, as well as act as a deterrent to antisocial and aggressive behaviour. With force-wide roll-outs of body-worn cameras now commonplace, it is unsurprising that other emergency services, such as Fire & Rescue and Ambulance services, are implementing their own body-worn camera solutions to help protect staff, assess equipment in the field and enable swift and just prosecution when required.
With the number of attacks against firefighters increasing year on year, directly impacting the mental and physical health of those actively protecting communities and saving lives, it’s clear that something must be done to deter such acts of violence, and enforce appropriate sentencing on those carrying out such mindless attacks.
Motorola Solutions body-worn cameras provide a robust, connected and efficient way to gather evidence, protect staff in the field and provide real-time communication when needed through live streaming. The VB400 body-worn camera offers shift-long 1080p recording, ensuring unbiased HD footage is captured at any point throughout a firefighter’s working day. Designed to seamlessly integrate into your Service’s workflow, the VB400 is secure, encrypted and simple to use.
Body-worn cameras can be easily assigned using a firefighter’s ID badge, offering log-in free camera allocation, whilst ensuring all footage is associated with the correct user. A simple press of a button enables recording, and all recorded evidence is stored securely in the system, accessible only by authorised users. Footage can then be used to support learning and development, as well as helping fire prevention campaigns and safety activities.
The VB400 can be paired with a selection of Motorola Solutions two-way radios, meaning that the camera will automatically begin recording when your radio enters an emergency state, removing the requirement to press record in an emergency situation. Likewise, the VB400 can be activated when in the presence of another recording body-worn camera, known as Peer Assisted Recording, enabling multi-perspective evidence gathering of an incident.
Body-worn cameras are not only utilised in order to deter aggression and violence, these compact devices are also used to enable lone workers in the fire service to carry out their duties safely and effectively. By live-streaming footage from a body-worn camera back to colleagues, real-time assistance can be provided when necessary, ultimately providing those working independently with a sense of protection and support. Additionally, footage captured on body-worn cameras can be used to provide the evidence required by Accident Investigators and Fire Safety Officers, corroborating actions taken and decisions made.
Utilising VideoManager, the back-end software system that accompanies Motorola Solutions’ body-worn cameras, recorded footage can be turned into incidents, paired with other relevant notes and data which are then stored, reviewed and shared securely with key stakeholders within the fire service or with police. Full audit trails ensure every action taken within VideoManager is traceable, ensuring the integrity of any evidence gathered, and automatic deletion policies ensure that data is correctly stored and deleted in compliance with industry regulations.
Whether used to deter violence, enable prosecution, assess procedures in the field or offer learning and development assistance, body-worn cameras allow firefighters to carry out their duties with a reliable, robust and independent witness on hand.
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