Fire investigators given hands-free camera

Posted On 16 Aug 2011 at 11:08 am

Firefighters are due to start testing a portable hands-free video camera to help them investigate fires more efficiently from tomorrow.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, which has three fire stations in Brighton and Hove, will use the camera to record “point of view” footage during investigations.

The camera is worn by fire investigation officers on their clothes and, as well as video, captures still photographs and sound.

The digital recordings will help the investigation process by providing a complete visual record of the fire scene.

This will include the seat of the fire, the way it spread and any evidence that is exposed by the investigating officer.

The camera can also be used to provide a visual and audible record of any discussions or interviews involving the case with the consent of all parties.

The recordings are tamper-proof and admissible as evidence in legal proceedings. Anyone in contact with a fire investigation officer during filming can ask not to be recorded.

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