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    Question Drive Cam

    Does anyone have Drive Cam's installed on their rigs? They were installed on our trucks today. I have mixed feelings on them, and was looking for some feedback.

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    I have seen some of the videos from such cameras. All I can say about these is: assuming you are the best (choose one Driver/operator/engineer) FAO you can be, they will only help you out, in case of any accusal of wrongdoing.

    It may also keep you from doing things, maybe ya shouldnt be doing.

    Although I would bet that after a few weeks you will forget it is even there.

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    We have a back-up camera on our quint.
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    I'd be curious to find out what or why they put the cam in the apparatus for. Did something happen lately that would lead the chiefs to doing something like this or is it just being proactive?

    I guess personally I wouldn't want it even though I don't have anything to hide. If it was inside the apparatus, then I would have to say I would be leary of it but only because of some of our conversation topics or crude jokes that get told while running around town "cruising". Ha!

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    is it a back up camera, or what ? something mounted in the cab ?>
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    Yea, I might have mis-understood.........after reading it a second time I think he is talking about something like the cops have.

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    Sorry about the delay.

    Yes, this is a camera such as law-enforcement uses. It continuously records both visual to the front of the vehicle, and visual inside the cab, as well as sound inside the cab. It is in a loop, and continuously records, unless and event occurs, in which case it saves 15 seconds prior to the event, and 15 seconds after.

    Although I try to be a safe driver at all times, and in fact this is my job you know, I also am aware that accidents are not completely preventable. Should they happen? No, of course not. Yet, I don't like the idea of big brother watching. The personal liability is becoming so great that the promotion to Engineer is loosing more and more desirability all the time! I certainly do not want to put my family in financial jeprody for a mistake I make at work.

    Now, that said, if we drive with due regard for our safety, and the safety of those around us, an incident "should not" happen. Yet, there is always the uncontrollable "others".

    Just food for thought. I'm trying to be realistic, not grumbling and complaining, but not living in an ideal world, either.

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    we dont have them, and I know it is not high up on the purchase lst. They do make for cool videos.....http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...response+video

    Also while you make think that someone wants to watch you .........dont forget that if someone hits you that the camera can work FOR you as well.
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    OK...No we dont have one, but years ago one of our guys put his own video camera in a rig and filmed a couple hot responses. Made a good training tape for new drivers.
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    Well....with that being said I have to relist my question. Why did they put it in there? Is it for accidents? if so why inside the cab? Sounds weird to me?
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    With the "DriveCam", big brother is hardly watching. You don't need to worry about the conversations in the truck. It ONLY saves the video when there is an impact. You can M-F the chief up and down. As long as you weren't M-F'ing him 15 seconds before you hit something, no one will be the wiser.
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    Originally posted by nmfire
    With the "DriveCam", big brother is hardly watching. You don't need to worry about the conversations in the truck. It ONLY saves the video when there is an impact. You can M-F the chief up and down. As long as you weren't M-F'ing him 15 seconds before you hit something, no one will be the wiser.
    There might be some "M-F's" flying just before impact, but it probably won't be about the chief...
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    Chief LeBlanc,
    You know the m-f's never happen with chiefs nnnooooooo not us. Especially the engineer types like ourselves....no sir....we never say things like that about chiefs.....when they are around. Ha!
    Just kidding....

    All joking aside......so its a documentation tool that helps defend us in court and keeps my butt out of jail when I can show that I was doing everything right. Thats good.

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    Originally posted by Scottsfire
    All joking aside......so its a documentation tool that helps defend us in court and keeps my butt out of jail when I can show that I was doing everything right. Thats good.
    Yep.... Unless you happen be snorting coke in the 15 seconds before you crash.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Or any other less-than-legal thing...
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    we have backup cams on all of our engines. Dont think there is one in the cab, unless they are spying...lol

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