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Cameras in City Fire Dept. vehicles reveal some risky behavior by medics & firefighters

Cameras in City Fire Dept. vehicles reveal some risky behavior by medics & firefighters (WBFF)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- They're paid to come to a person’s rescue, but FOX45 found paramedics and firefighters in Baltimore City displaying behavior that could risk the public’s safety.

Cameras have been installed in the majority of fire department vehicles. FOX45 obtained clips from this year that call into question the driving habits of some firefighters and paramedics. Crime & Justice Reporter Joy Lepola spent months investigating the issue and the costs associated with it.

Firefighters Union President Rick Hoffman says, "No one wants to operate unsafely, especially the union."

Fire Chief Niles Ford said in a statement, "The drive cam program aims to save money long-term by decreasing the total costs of departmental vehicle accidents... to that end, it has been successful."

The BCFD installed the cameras to cut down on "risky behavior" and costs associated with collisions. In the 2017 Fiscal Year budget, the BCFD attributed a $300,000 savings in workers’ compensation claims to the department’s drive cam program.

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