The Oklahoma City Fire Department is on the defense following the release of a YouTube video depicting the treatment of a female patient in 2010. The video appears to show some level of complacency by responders allegedly because the victim was a prostitute, but it also shows something else: firefighters taking cellphone images of a helpless victim.
OCFD has already adopted a formal digital imagery policy that will address photo taking going forward. Fire Chief Keith Bryant has raised a number of questions about the video, including the fairness of the editing and commentary by its maker, Brian Bates. Chief Bryant insists the treatment rendered was appropriate and the unedited video proves it. There will be more coming on this one, I’m sure.