A newly-published YouTube video, captured via a Richmond firefighter’s helmet-cam, shows the almost blindingly dark rescue of an unconscious man from a smoke-filled building on Wednesday.
Capt. Marc Lucero of the Richmond Fire Department has been posting helmet-cam videos on YouTube of fire battles in order to train colleagues who “can’t attend expensive training conferences and classes.”
The videos have played a dual role: Allowing us regular citizens to see just how dangerous it is to be a firefighter.
Lucero’s late video, posted Sunday, might be the most harrowing. It shows firefighters just before they enter a smoke-filled city-owned building at 113 W. Macdonald Ave. on Wednesday.
The fire, reported just before 7 a.m., occurred on the first floor of the boarded-up building.
During the rescue, fire Capt. Nick Jackalone, who had been wearing the helmet-cam, found the unconscious victim and, along with Capt. Marc Palechek, headed into the darkness. They found the victim, picked him up and carried him out. He was treated at the scene and then transported to Kaiser Richmond and is expected to survive, fire officials said.
“If you have ever wondered what it is like to be inside a working fire this is a great video to listen to with your eyes closed!” Lucero wrote in his description of the video on YouTube.
The fire broke out at the rear of the building and caused severe fire and smoke damage totaling an estimated $20,000. The cause remains under investigation.
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