Reality Training: Dash-cam video of police response to wildfire

A recent South Carolina dash-cam video shows police response to a wildfire which consumed dozens of structures and endangered the lives of hundreds of citizens


Cops rightfully take certain pride in the fact that they’re ready, willing, and able to run toward the sound of gunfire to save lives. Firefighters are similarly proud of their ability and willingness to save lives from fire. 

As much fun as the ‘guns-and-hoses’ sibling rivalry can be on a basketball court, a football field, or a BBQ-cook-off competition, cops and firefighters are brothers and sisters in the fight to help citizens in time of need.

A recent South Carolina dash-cam video shows police response to a wildfire which consumed dozens of structures and endangered the lives of hundreds of citizens.

Check it out and consider some of the questions below.  

•    Officers on scene at Windsor Green said that “all they could think about was making sure people were making it out alive.” Have you been specifically instructed to “wait until fire arrives” and if so, do you really think that’s what you’ll do?  
•    We’ve seen numerous videos in which officers simply have to improvise when responding to people trapped in vehicle fires. What type of training does your department do in conjunction with your jurisdiction's fire service?
•    Considering your answers to the two questions above, do you feel your agency policies and/or training for police officer response to people in danger of perishing in fire can be improved... and if so, what would you suggest to ensure improvement?

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