Video: Highland Park firefighter lights up YouTube with helmet cam footage

Jan 9, 2013

Scott Ziegler has a more interesting job than the rest of us, and he knows it.

The Highland Park firefighter recently posted a montage of footage that he took using a camera mounted to his helmet. 

The YouTube video, "2012 a year on my lid"  has become an Internet sensation with nearly 1,000,000 views.

It highlights some of the more harrowing moments of fighting fire in the Detroit area.

Ziegler writes, “This video is to show people what it is like to fight fires, and what firefighters across the nation do every day. The more people who realize, the better it will be for our profession.”

According to the makers of the recently-released documentary “BURN,” Detroit averages 30 fires a day.

As witnessed in the video, Highland Park faces the similar challenge of fighting fire in an increasing number of vacant, structurally unsound buildings.

To learn more about fighting fire in Detroit, revisit this story from NPR’s Jacki Lyden.

- Jordan Wyant, Michigan Radio Newsroom