Training Manual - The Helmet Cam Firefighter

Training Manual - The Helmet Cam Firefighter
T r a in in g M a n u a l
Copyright 2012
Table of Contents
Your FDCamTM ..............................................
Rules and Regs............................................
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Your FDCam
Thank you for purchasing from FDCam. We started our company to
provide a quality helmet cam at an affordable price, while providing
world-class customer service. We are constantly striving to improve
our product, and we fully support the camera’s we sell. If you have
any concerns with your FDCamTM please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are helmet cam enthusiasts, and we want you to enjoy filming your
fires as much as we do ours.
We also would like you to continue to be able to enjoy the training and
PR benefits that this footage provides. With that in mind, I would like
to remind you to please be thoughtful and responsible with your footage. Any footage that could show your department in a negative light
should be secured and kept for internal training only.
Thanks again for your business,
Arin Pace
Co-Founder and CEO
Rules and Regs
Don’t subject your FDCamTM to sustained high heat environments like the burn building. The camera can take temps in excess of 900°F, but like anything, it can and will get heat soaked.
While your FDCamTM is tough, it is not invincible. Avoid dropping the unit, or otherwise subjecting it to undue shock.
Do not point the lens at the sun or any extremely bright light as
damage to the lens/sensor unit may result.
Don't submerge your FDCamTM . The unit is certified to IP-65.
This means it is impervious to dusts and particles, and to lowpressure jets of water.
Charge your FDCamTM weekly and after use. You do not need to
let Lithium Ion batteries fully discharge before recharging. A
normal charge should be good for 2+ hours of filming.
Always properly eject/unmount the device before removing it
from the computer. Never disconnect the camera from the computer while uploading or downloading files as damage to your
footage or even the camera may result.
It is a good practice to download footage you record as soon as
possible after taking it. FDCam, LLC cannot accept responsibility for any data loss you incur.
Do not attempt to repair the unit yourself. If your FDCamTM is in
need of repair, please contact FDCam Customer Support.
Rules and Regs
When using your FDCamTM , strictly follow your department's policies regarding patient privacy.
Penalties for violating patient pri-
vacy laws can be severe.
If in doubt, or if your department has no established policy regarding
patient privacy, you should follow this rule:
If it involves a person with an injury or medical complaint, DO
If during the course of filming, you encounter a patient, attempt to turn
the camera off. If this is not feasible, then upon completion of the incident, turn your SD card over to your departments patient privacy
officer or similar individual in charge of patient privacy compliance for
your organization.
See the following for procedures for setting up and using your
Upon receiving your FDCamTM , familiarize yourself with the
anatomy of the camera and its accessories.
Remove the tail-cap and properly insert your micro-SD card
(gold plated connections facing down)
Plug the USB cable into the charging adapter. Plug the other
end of the cable into the USB outlet in the back of the camera.
Then plug the charger into a 120V wall socket.
The red LED will begin flashing, indicating that it is charging.
The battery is fully charged when the red LED stops flashing.
Remove the camera from the charger.
Turn off the camera by holding down the power/record button
Test the camera for proper function, ie: power up unit and
ensure the LED’s indicate that it’s recording (see next page)
Press and hold the power/record button until the red and blue
LED indicators come on (both will be lit).
You are now in “Stand-By” Mode
When your FDCamTM is in Stand-By Mode, it will
automatically shut-off after 60 seconds if no further
actions are taken.
Press the power/record button again. The blue LED will begin flashing, indicating that you are now recording.
To stop recording, press the power/record button again. The
camera will save the file and return to Stand-By mode (both
lights lit but not flashing)
To turn the camera off, press and hold the power/record button until all lights turn off. The camera is now off.
Customize Camera Settings (optional)
Ensure micro-SD card is properly inserted.
Turn off the camera.
Connect your FDCamTM and computer with the USB cable.
Open the camera's file (Removable Disc)
Open the file “SETUP.INI”
You will see text that has the settings. To change settings,
change the values on the right side of the equal sign. For example, if you do not want the time stamp at the bottom of the
video simply change the “Yes” to a “No” and save the file.
Be sure not to add any extra spaces or text.
Refer to the following table page for additional info:
CycleRecord = Yes
When micro-SD is full, overwrite and continue recording
over oldest data
*CycleRecord = No
Stop and turn off when card is
*Timestamp = Yes
Date/time stamp visible on recordings
Timestamp = No
No date/time stamp visible
**VideoImageSize = 0 720p @ 30fps
VideoImageSize =
1080p @15fps
**Default and preferred
Set Date/Time
Connect your FDCamTM to computer via USB cable.
You should see pop-up file called “Removable Disk”. Select
“open folder to view files”
If you do not see pop-up, go to the Windows menu button normally at bottom left of task bar. Click it, then
click “Computer” on right side of pop-up screen. Find
the device called “Removable Disk” and open it.
Right click to bring up the menu and select “New” and “Text
Name the document “time” (time.txt)
Enter the actual, correct date/time into the file according to
the following format:
2012-05-25 08:32:00
In the preceding, the year is 2012, the month is May,
the day is the 25th, and the time is 08:32 and zero
Save the text file and copy it into the SD card file, usually
titled ACT20.
Properly remove camera from computer. Restart, then record.
The date and time should now be stamped on your recordings.
*Please email for Mac procedures.
Image Sensor
Viewing Angle
Recording Resolution
1280 x 720
Frames Per Second
Video File Format
Video File Size
USB Interface
USB 2.0
None built-in. Supports
microSDHC up to 16gb
Battery Working Time
2+ Hours
Time to Fully Charge
3 Hours
9.5mm x 2.8mm x 2.8mm
2.26 oz
The following are some general guidelines to help you make the best
of your FDCamTM
Charge frequentlyYou would be surprised how often your relief person turns on your
camera. To avoid a failure at the worst possible time, charge frequently and check the memory status of your FDCamTM often. You
should ALWAYS test the record function after charging. If the
LED indicators do not indicate proper recording, you will need to press
the reset button and test again.
PracticeMake sure you practice turning it on and recording. With your adrenalin pumping, fine motor skills go out the window. You do not want the
first time you use the camera to be on the way to a structure fire. You
will probably not get the recording sequence right. You need to build
the muscle memory for activating the cam. Press-and-hold, then
press again. And be sure the blue light is blinking before you don
your helmet.
Get a good lightA few good lights mounted to your gear will prevent those boring shots
of darkness when the fire is not providing illumination. Not to mention, as a firefighter, you are unprepared for interior attack if you don’t
have a properly functioning flashlight on your person.
MountingTop of Brim: If you have Bourke® shields or EZ-Flips® you may
choose to mount the camera to the top of your brim. This gives easy
access to the power/record button. It also precludes you from having
to flip the image in your video recording software.
On the downside, it does not give an eye level POV. It also
subjects your camera to more physical, water, and thermal
damage since it receives no protection from the brim.
With top mounting, the shot is more often obstructed due to
debris on the helmet blocking the lens. The outer lens also
becomes dirty faster.
The power/record button is also exposed, leading to more
accidental shut-offs.
Under Brim: Here at FDCam, we prefer to mount our cams under the
brim. We find that there are less shots that get ruined due to stuff on
the lens and pieces of ceiling blocking the view. The power/record
button is also pointing down so falling debris is unlikely to de-activate
the camera.
Sound quality is better since the mic hole does not fill with
water during the hose attack (generally this will not hurt your
FDCamTM). It also pics up more of what the wearer says because the mic points down, toward your mouth. On the
downside, you must mount your camera upside down, then
use your video software to flip the image back to normal.
We at FDCam hope you enjoy your camera. If you have any questions
not covered here, please call us or e-mail us at:
You may also post your question in our Forum section on
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