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Raw video: People escape downed chopper in Colorado as EMS arrives on scene.

You may have seen by now the video of Sunday's crash landing of a helicopter at a skateboard competition on Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colorado. It is included in the news story above. What you may not have seen is the raw video of the people escaping the crash and the quick arrival of EMS (already on the scene for the event). That is in the video below. It ends as a member of the EMS crew chases the videographer away. You can read more about the incident here.

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  • Poppa smurf

    David, David, David…I hope this isn't turning into another 1st amendment discussion, cause I think that smokin EMS Gal is right on. This is not the PRESS there, it's a spectator with a camera. Even if it was a legitimate press person, one of the first things fire/ems needs to do is secure the scene. Fire CHief and EMS was only on scene 10 seconds and they started to assess whats going on, what the danger is, is anything leaking etc etc etc. They need to establish a safe zone and that exactly what EMS Girl was doing. Good for her, once the situation was deemed stable by fire/ems things could be relaxed a little. Has EMS Girl not started to establish a perimeter and things went south quick (Heli started back up due to unconscious pilot, or leaking fuel lit off) and bystander press got hurt, who woulda got sued–EMS Girl of course. ANd because the OOh AH press squad couldn't stay back under the common sense umbrella, EMS Girl had to be kept from doing her primary mission which is patient care. SO these goofs have a negative impact on an emergency scene.

    • dave statter

      Poppa smurf,

      It can become any kind of discussion you would like. I have no problem and I am guessing either does the Constitution with securing a scene for safety and evidence gathering.

      There is not enough info/video here for me to be comfortable questioning any actions.

      But I will ask you this in general (not necessarily this case), why always focus on the person with the camera when there are many others standing around? I can’t tell you how many times it was important to secure scenes I have been to until the TV cameras arrived. Also, who is the press these days? Best I can tell it’s everyone.

      Statter

  • Poppa smurf

    Dave-watch the viseo again–I think the reason the guy with the camera is the 1st to get the boot is because he's probably the 1st person EMS Girl came in contact with because when he lowers his camera you can see he's almost on top of the Ambulance. Every camera I have ever bought has this neat feature called a zoom lense. Its a remarkable feature that lets you stand back out of the way and the lens of the camera can zoom in really far to see whats going on. Hell I bet you could zoom right on in to the cockpit of that helicopter from way back.
    WHo is the press? Not me and I have about 5 cameras. WHo is the press? Someone who carries press credentials from a recognized news organization.
    We live in a civilized society, personnally I think too much of the civilized is deteriorating, along with manners and courtesy. And yes all these are a two way street between the legitimate press, Emergency Personnell and civilians. (Maybe thats a three way street!!)

    • dave statter

      I am not really disagreeing with you on that Poppa smurf. Again I would like to have seen more before forming an opinion. I do like that she didn’t say you have to shut off the camera. If this was just here way of clearing the scene of everyone for scene security, I am not that bothered.

      But I do agree that manners and courtesy has left our society in so many ways.

      Statter