Hampshire fire service to use body-worn cameras

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FIREFIGHTERS in Hampshire will be the first in the country to wear body-worn cameras when they attend incidents.

Hampshire Fire And Rescue Service has been given access to the new piece of kit.

​The 70 Reveal devices, which are worn on helmets, will enable users to evaluate and reflect on their own performance and decisions to see if improvements can be made.

On large or sensitive incidents it can be reviewed by peers and managers providing an enhanced level of tactical advice and debrief.

The video could be used to record evidence for fire service and police investigations and have training applications.

Operational technology manager Alex Rhodes said: ‘It is about seeing more and understanding more. Everyone in the service strives to be better. New body worn cameras are going to help every firefighter be the best they can be and embrace the fact we are, as all fire services are, a learning organisation. That is what the introduction of this new technology is all about; trying to make an already excellent service even better.’

A pilot was carried out with nine cameras and footage collected has provided video evidence of a suspected arsonist and been used in an investigation into a boat fire.