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Must see video: A look inside the Highland Park Fire Department and the man behind the helmet-cam.

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Scott Ziegler has been contributing his videos and views to STATter911.com since March of 2012. They are quite popular here and elsewhere. In fact, Scott’s 2012 year-end review went viral, quickly racking up more than one-million views. This brought interviews with national publications and network newscasts. While his helmet-cam supplier and STATter911.com sponsor Rob Schield would probably tell us otherwise about his friend, despite the fame, Scott’s shiny head still seems to fit into the thing that holds his Fire-Cam 1080.

MI Highland Park Scott Ziegler

Scott is featured in the video above that gives us a look at his greatly overworked, understaffed and underfunded fire department in Highland Park, Michigan. As we’ve mentioned before, Scott and Rob, who is a firefighter in East St. Louis, Illinois, are members of departments that often send a handful of firefighters on two rigs to fires that would have many big cities sending 20-30 firefighters on seven or more fire trucks. These guys has long known help is not on the way, whether we are talking about mutual aid or financial assistance for cities that were in the crapper long before the nation’s economy took a dump.

What I like about Scott is his honesty and sense of humor.  On top of that he’s a very good communicator who continues to be passionate about telling the story of a once thriving city and the very small army of firefighters who try to keep it from being completely wiped off the map.

Watch the video above posted by theverge.com.

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  • Fire21

    And a lot us think we have problems. We don’t have no stinking problems!!

  • VolFFinNC

    I have a lot of respect for the guys in Highland Park and Detroit. They are working with what they have and are doing a great job of it too! Be safe brothers.

  • To Da Roof

    Adapt and Overcome

  • Michael

    For those of us who remember the 60s and 70s we know what you are going through. There were more people on the rigs at that time, but the work load was just as high.
    Fantastic video. That is the main difference. Yours and other videos from others in similar situations put the word out to the public in a way we never had a chance 30 or more years ago.
    People who have never experienced anything even remotely close to this will never understand what you guys are going through. And the general public attitude has not changed much it seams.
    Yea you guys do some things that have been shown to not be good ideas, but like you said, you work with what you have.
    You are commended for everything that you people do there.
    Stay safe

  • Coffee Time

    Is refreshing to see a young firefighter with a humble and can-do attitude and not all cocky like so many any more. Makes me proud.

  • TillinNthrillin

    Just saw where they finally opened a new station for these guys. They deserve it!

  • retirred firefighter

    looking ast where and how they have to live in that temporry “station”, I am urprised OSHA has not paid them a bvisit,. And it looks like a real firetrap inside with trash and little hovel villages. No way that meets any building or fire codes. So does the city even bother to enforce any of those items on its citizens and structures? If I was a property owner, I would challenge any citation in court simply buy having the judge look at the sorry state that the firefighters have been forced to live in.

    I once worked at a “temporary station” at a local volunteer fire station that had no bathroom, no running water, no kitchen, no place to wash up, no HVAC, beds sitting in an open bay behind fire trucks, infestations of bugs, snakes, etc. And no one seemed to care until the local press got a chance to see for themselves and wrote an article exposing so many health, safety,m and workplace violations. We were moved within 3 days to a nice room at the local hospital and stayed there for many years until the converted a closed gas station for the ambulance crew.

    Such a shame that a community has devolved into something so bad,. Makes me wonder why anyone would want to work there.

    While it was probably said for dramatic effect, having a firefighter admit he would resort to arson to a neighboring property is troubling, especially if someone might attempt to attribute a specific arson fire to a member of the department.

  • Irons51

    Don’t let the haters and internet fire chiefs get you down. Be safe and keep the faith brothers.

    • Anonymous

      Stop being a stupid sis paid firefighter because real firefighters go in with what they got I have fought fires with only 2 on the truck so what that’s volly run

      • 8truck

        Clearly you don’t watch his videos. Most of the criticism he receives is because they’re aggressive. Paid department runs two on the rigs as well so it isn’t just the volley way.

  • Chief 100

    Not sure how old the video is? But they did just move into a new 2.7 million dollar firehouse. Nice to see some of our federal dollars helping this terrible situation

    http://www.freep.com/article/20130903/NEWS02/309030021/Highland-Park-Fire

  • Anonymous

    Any fellow brother or sister in the fire service that bashes these guys, need to step back for a minute and remember where these guys are, what they have and don’t have and what they are dealing with everyday. The comments on why no scba’s on that call, well they answered it, Sometime we don’t have any unused bottles. Instead of bashing on Brothers in Highland and Detroit, why don’t we stand up and support them and help them out, Remember the way things are in this country, It maybe your department or your community that’s next. SCOTT – KEEP POSTING YOUR VIDEOS, GOOD LUCK TO OUR BROTHERS IN MI.

  • Anonymous

    Incredible. Most of us are so lucky to have the equipment and staffing that we have. Much respect to these brothers, be safe and bring everyone home every time.

  • Eugene Echevarria

    I have a lot of respect for you all

  • the nine five

    Great video but in all seriousness SCBA should be worn a car fire

    • Truckie

      Did you not pay attention to the video? They know they should where them but due to the fact that they run so much they have to conserve what they have or else they won’t have full bottles at fires where they are inside doin work

  • Itsme

    And I thought we had it bad. Life is great compared to them. Great job guys

  • Mongo

    Scott,
    Very well put together video from some people who seem to understand their reality better than many who would watch this and your other videos.

    No one but you and your brothers can say what your doing is right or wrong, it’s your situation, you live it, only you know what’s best.

    Keep up the good work and the solid tradition of being a firefighter. Be safe.

  • DC Fire Capt

    Us guys in DC have no reason to gripe after seeing what you guys live in. I respect the fact that even tough your department is shrinking, you guys still do your job.
    Don’t worry about what some other “firefighters” may say about your tactics. They are merely jealous that are not hitting fire like you guys.

    Keep safe, keep kicking ass and breaking glass…. God Bless

  • Brian

    I would be proud to be the Chief of a bunch of hard working guys like this. Poor conditions, not enough help etc. Wow, look at how hard they work for the public. I thought “burn” made me depressed. This just adds to that sense of despair. How did the city leaders let this happen to the area

  • Volunteer for life

    Awesome! The computer chiefs who fight 2 jobs a yr would love to see that kind of work!

  • Mike

    You know the majority of us really have no idea what it’s like in Highland Park. We all can find fault with the city or municipal government we work for or volunteer with but if you stop and compare what we have in the way of equipment and staffing, we are blessed compared to these guys.

    We can all pick apart the dangerous situations they are getting into every day but in their eyes, in their city, they are faced with a unbelievable amount of poverty and despair. People live in those houses because that’s all they can afford. Everyone of us would give anything to catch a burner every shift or multiple fires each shift. Guys deliberately damage their PPE so it looks like the gear these guys HAVE to wear,,

    As an officer in a municipal department that is fortunate enough to have 4 man staffing and new trucks and the occasional new station, I feel very blessed. Firefighter safety is our top priority because we have the resources to make it a priority. I will offer these words to all Highland Park and Detroit firefighters. Be safe, be smart and watch out for your brothers and sisters. You are living a nightmare and all you have is your pride and the desire to help your fellow man. God bless you all

  • http://www.thebattalion.tv Frozenhosehead

    I have the utmost respect for firefighters like Scott in Highland Park, Detroit, Gary, east St.louis and other places where they’re funding and manning are crap!

    They love their community and it’s people to do what they’ve sworn to do, serve and protect! Is it wrong they have such horrible conditions, sure it’s sickening to see, yet they do their job and aren’t busy being a keyboard commander and armchair snipering other firefighters or departments.

    Take a lesson and learn the truth and cherish the fact that there are still real brothers and sisters out there who really do work for every penny they get paid!

    So instead of sitting around complaining about this or that go out and make a difference so the public will know what the real fire service is truly about, because even with us having a firefighter reality series, the Public will never understand our lives and unless they see first hand, they’ll never know!

    Be safe

  • http://www.thbattalion.tv Frozenhosehead

    I have the utmost respect for firefighters like Scott in Highland Park, Detroit, Gary, East St.louis and other places where they’re funding and manning are crap!

    They love their community and it’s people to do what they’ve sworn to do, serve and protect! Is it wrong they have such horrible conditions, sure it’s sickening to see, yet they do their job and aren’t busy being a keyboard commander and armchair snipering other firefighters or departments.

    Take a lesson and learn the truth and cherish the fact that there are still real brothers and sisters out there who really do work for every penny they get paid!

    So instead of sitting around complaining about this or that go out and make a difference so the public will know what the real fire service is truly about! Having a web based firefighter reality series The Battalion The Series, featuring departments across the Nation helps a little but if the Public doesn’t know, they’ll never understand our lives unless they see first hand, they will never care!

    Be safe