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I read with interest that some local politicians are expressing concerns about firefighter helmet cams — concerns about privacy, about lack of control of where the video goes, etc. (“Cameras on Fire Helmets Raising Privacy Concerns,” March 22). Yet many of these same municipalities have no issue with having “dash cams” or “lapel cams” on their police officers “for their protection” or putting cameras or GPS devices in other vehicles. There is also the unpopular “speed” and red light cameras that are becoming darlings for communities that want to raise revenue under the guise of promoting safety.

Being a retired firefighter after more than 40 years, I think the cameras are great safety features. Some even transmit pictures back to a command post so the chief can see what’s going on inside in real time.

Yes, your wife may be in her negligee or important papers might be scattered around, but if firefighters were really concerned with those issues they would just pull out a phone and take video and that cannot be regulated. Same with incidents that happen outside the home: As firefighters, we cut clothes off, and people are herding around videotaping it for the 6 p.m. news. So I would suggest that these politicians come out against all video surveillance, or accept that in today’s world no privacy can be guaranteed.

RAY STEFFENS
Norfolk, Va.


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