Wednesday, February 8, 2012


California Rescue Captured on Helmet Cam

Alameda County firefighters rescued three children from a fire Tuesday.


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Alameda County firefighters rescued three children from a fire Tuesday morning and it was all captured on a helmet cam.
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A mother dropped her child from a second-story railing and into the arms of a firefighter, according to KGO-TV.
Crews responded to the call shortly after 7 a.m. in the Ashland area.
On the video, neighbors can be heard screaming for help from firefighters to save the trapped children.
"We had heavy fire showing from the first floor window, we had a confirmed rescue on the second floor," Capt. Tom Pappas -- the firefighter wearing the helmet-cam -- told the news station. "A lot of the family members weren't able to get out and we had neighbors and parents saying that there younger children were still trapped on the second floor."
The veteran firefighter can be heard calling out to the children through a thick, black plume of smoke and crews later found two of them hiding in a closet.
The department is using the camera to review tactics and share what they face with the public.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but officials say it may have been caused by a mattress being placed too close to a space heater.
It is unclear if the unit had working smoke detectors

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