I am a volunteer firefighter.
- We have dash cams with audio on two of our apparatus ( a 4,000 gallon tank truck and a pumper engine).
- We have a fire company photographer-videographer who is on the scene of most working fires and emergencies.
- In this age of smart phones we get many donations to our fire company of video and photographs of our larger, active emergencies from an array of view points and vantage points.
- At large incidents such as fires, we utilize at least three radio channels - for responding, fire scene operations, and water supply operations (because we don't have fire hydrants in our rural areas, we have to take water with us and then set up a systems near the emergency scene to replentlsh our tank trucks).
I set up a 14 channel A to D recording system in our station's radio room that records our county's fire and EMS audio 24/7.
For the largest, longest duration events, we also get copies of recordings of all our radio channels from our 9-1-1 dispatch center. This provides us with a high quality backup recording of any radio traffic recorded in our fire station radio room that was missed, stepped on, or distorted. This also provides us with time stamp redundancy across assets.
I have been using Premiere as a repository for all of these assets. I place the initial dispatch audio at the beginning of the first audio track, followed by the audio from our engine dash cam (the engine responds first to fires in our primary coverage area). All other audio and video is synced to this audio track using the metadata present in most of these assets. If no time stamps are available in an audio recording, we manually locate where that clip belongs in relation to the master sync audio track by listening to other redundant audio streams.
Why do we do all of this?
First, it provides an orderly repository for all of the media related to a specific fire company event.
Second, our officers and firefighters review the completed project to see and hear things they may have missed during the incident, to confirm that certain things did or did not occur, and as a factual backdrop to our further incident critique. This last item leads to us improving our individual, crews, fire company, and overall incident operation and management.
Third, it is really cool to sit back and see the entire picture of a massive incident transpire when each of us was only a small of that picture when it occurred.
Does this give a good feel for what we are doing?