San Francisco (CA) Fire Chief Bans Helmet Cams After Plane Crash

The San Francisco (CA) fire chief has banned firefighters from using helmet cameras in the wake of the Asiana Airlines crash that killed two teens in July.

Chief Joanne Hayes-White’s ban on video cameras now explicitly includes helmet-mounted devices that film emergency scenes, according to the San Francisco Chronicle ( Chief White attributed the move to increase patient safety.

Images from the plane crash led to questions about fire crews’ actions up to a fire apparatus running over a survivor. In late July, the San Mateo County Coroner confirmed that a Chinese student on Asiana Flight 214 survived the crash-landing, only to be killed on the runway by an emergency vehicle.

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For more on the Asiana crash, consider Pilot Attempted to Abort Landing Before Crash in San Francisco, Driver Solo in Fire Apparatus that Killed Plane Crash Victim, and Plane Evacuation Delayed as Fire Erupted Outside Cabin.

For more firefighter training articles on airport response, consider Crash Course for the Airport Firefighter and Responding to commercial Aircraft Haz-Mat Incidents.

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