William D. Lewis    717-357-1209   workforward@hotmail.com

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Special Acknowledgements to Chief robert Butler, Chief Russ Sanders, and Chief

Earl Fordham for their fine work on this program.  Full video is available on request.

their fine work on this program.  Full video is available on request.

Special Acknowledgements to Chief Jim Estepp and Firefighter Sandy Lee for

Fire Fighter Safety:   Sandy's Story

Danger Zone

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Sandy's Story

This excerpt is from a video production that addresses longer term solutions to improving fire fighter safety:  the creation of health and safety programs and service-wide system controls for before, during and after the response.  Three major incident responses that reflect the implementation of innovative safety programs by their respective departments  are recounted by the senior chiefs in charge.

This excerpt is an example of interview accounts that are another part of the national safety effort, in which injured firefighters provide accounts of their accidents and highlight how the injuries could be avoided. In this clip, Fire fighter Sandy Lee recounts her terrible ordeal of being caught under the wheels of a fire truck while responding to a call.

Danger Zone

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Out of Chaos Clip:  ICS Brings Accountability

Special acknowledgements to Chief Bill Blair (deceased), Chief Robert Menker, Chief Steve

Out of Chaos 

From an instructional design perspective, the special difficulties in this type of production- beyond the normal video work of design, scripting, shooting and editing- include working through networks to find and acquire the unusual and gripping footage, facilitating expert teams to accomplish a valid and meaningful analysis, and successfully bringing all impacted parties to consensus regarding what may be covered in the account.

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Firefighter Safety: Tactical Risk Tunnel Vision

Firefighter Safety : Turnout Gear Tunnel Vision

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Video clip depicts fire fighters suffering explosion effects.

Video clip depicts a fire fighter getting burned. 

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Fire Fighter Safety 

One of the challenges facing today's emergency  services is fire fighter safety.  The combination of very high risk work and a adult cadre with a high propensity to attack regardless of risk presents a very knotty management and training challenge. These video clips are part of a series of training programs targeting the difficult training goal of improving fire fighter safety on the fire ground through changing the training audience's actual perception of acceptable risk during response.

In emergency services training, some of the most important aspects of film and video production are the need for visual realism and the need for insightful, authoritative analysis and "street-wise" accuracy regarding the issues being taught.  Below are samples from my work experience  of video productions related to different fire fighter safety and ICS programs. On the next page (reached through the index "Legacy Videos" at the right hand of this screen) are samples from the Legacy Program,  in which a number of senior chiefs - leaders of the fire service- talk about highlights of their careers and provide authoritative and moving discourse on a range of topics of importance to the fire service.

Films and Video in Emergency Services Training

Samples: Training Films and Video

Special acknowledgements to David Lesak, Jan Kuczma (deceased) and Chief Bill

Clayton for their fine contributions to  this program.  Full video is available.

 Pausell, Chief Richard Bennett, and Chief Harold Windom for their fine work on this program.

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Out of Chaos Clip:  Introduction to ICS

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An incident scene can be a very complex and often confusing environment with many different, often dangerous operations occurring simultaneously. In large and difficult incidents, effective and orderly command and control is critical to avoid unnecessary risks to responders.  The incident command system (ICS) is the standardized management tool that command officers use to manage these complex operations.

In the early 1990s, ICS was still new to much of the country and not universally used. This video- Out of Chaos- was the lead in a national training effort to reach all emergency services organizations in the nation with the push to adopt ICS. Today, ICS is the standard throughout the country. This video received the Telly Gold Award in 1992.