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Several fire departments are starting to use video conferencing to conduct various training. This group will discuss in depth the various pro's and con's of video conferencing.

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Who has video conferencing? 2 Replies

Started by Jesse Hodorowski. Last reply by Jesse Hodorowski Jun 4, 2008.

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Comment by R. Eric Gunn on April 28, 2010 at 11:02pm
Who ever wants more info concerning videoconferencing training evolutions please feel free to ask any questions. I apologize for not returning to this page for a while. I had too many pages to keep up with and forget about this one. I have had every possible senerio presented to me over the last three years so I think I will be able to assist just about anybody at this point.
Comment by R. Eric Gunn on February 6, 2010 at 6:55pm
We (Jackson Firefighters Local 2280) sponser a two day firefighter seminar each year at Stark State College in Febuary. Today was cancelled due to a foot of snow falling overnight. But we still took advantage of having two Fire Instructors from California. We brought them to our main fire station and connected the other 4 stations via Lifesize video conferencing system and had 8 hrs. of lecture, powerpoint, video clips and demonstrations. All while each station's crew were in quarters and ready to respond to the community without delay. Also gallons and gallons of fuel was not wasted either. This technology is a Huge tool if it is designed right, fully supported by the leadership and given the funding it deserves.
Comment by R. Eric Gunn on January 30, 2010 at 9:27pm
Check out this video from NBC Evening News. This is the same system we have.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/vp/32514137#32514137
Comment by R. Eric Gunn on January 30, 2010 at 8:57pm
I have studied the art and science of distant learning and video conferencing for the last 4 years. I have worked with a number of systems and programs since that time. I put together a system that links 5 fire stations together in HD along with a state of the art training room at the central fire station. We have been up and running for a couple of years now. We've added stations when we had the funding. All the stations are connected with 1000Mbps fiber within the network and 5Mbps outside the network. Each station has a 6 way bridge. The central fire station has a large training room with an HD projector, Ceiling Doc Cam, wireless mics, video conferencing unit. The outside houses have a 50" Plasma display. All stations have a DVD/VCR to play content and a DVD burner to record the training. The video conferencing company we decided to go with is www.lifesize.com. The equipment was easy to learn and it has not given us any major problems. I would recommend it to anyone.
Comment by Jesse Hodorowski on January 21, 2009 at 12:44pm
I have been busy with this project. We did a little main training room remodel while we were out it. We were also able to utilize to Joint Apprenticeship funds to help with the overall project. I will post some pics soon. We do the video conferencing equipment install tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Comment by John Spicuzza on November 24, 2008 at 11:22am
We have been trying to get our system up and running for about 8 months now. If you do on-line training make sure the LCMS or LMS you use is "User Friendly" and not so difficult it takes a full-time I.T. guy to understand it. We did not choose wisely. Good luck.
Comment by Jesse Hodorowski on November 22, 2008 at 9:00pm
Update: We have ordered our video conferencing equipment from Tandberg and should receive it in the next couple of weeks. We are also purchasing 52 inch LCD displays for each of our stations. I hope to detail the installation of the equipment and all of the capabilities of the system after it is installed. If anyone in the group has any suggestions for the installation, please pass them on. Thanks!
 

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