March 08–BLUEFIELD — Firefighters at Central Station have created a behind-the-scenes video to show what officials experience when responding to a call.
Chief Rick Cary said the video was created by Josh Barber. Lt. George Miller wore the helmet camera which was used to collect footage for the project over several years.
“This is normal stuff you’ll see (when working as a firefighter),” Cary said. “It’s not just fighting fires. It’s motor vehicle crashes.”
Cary said he wanted to correct the perception that firefighters don’t sit around doing nothing. “We are here, we do train,” Cary said. “You do have a professional firefighting company here.”
Lt. Matthew Pettrey said he hopes people will see what firefighters do on a “day to day basis” by watching the video.
Firefighter said the video is a behind-the- scenes look at firefighting in Bluefield. “It gives a perspective of what it’s like to see a real live fire,” McKinney said. “You rely on your senses, because you can’t see for the smoke.”
Chief Cary also said that the fire department is shorthanded. “It also shows how shorthanded we are staff wise,” Cary said. “Right now, we’re just looking for volunteer firefighters.”
Cary also said while the city is currently not hiring paid firefighters, that there was a need for more paid personnel. “Volunteers are great don’t get me wrong,” Cary said. “But it’s not the same as paid personnel that we have sitting there ready to go.”
Cary said interested firefighter applicants can call the city’s office at 304-327-2401.
Officials said the video will also be used for training purposes.
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