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Whitehall, Plain Township firefighters find starring roles


Two central Ohio fire departments will be featured in Kaplan University's continuing-education program in fire science.

Members of the Plain Township Fire Department and Whitehall Division of Fire will appear in two videos to be released as part of Kaplan University's online programming in 2015, said Nicole Katz, a producer for Kaplan's medical monthly video series.

Katz said the university planned to use actors until educators considered the possibility of using real firefighters.

She said the university started sending video crews to film on location at fire departments enrolled in Kaplan University's continuing-education program and they learned two things: firefighters have good ideas for videos and they are not camera shy.

"We get to travel and meet our customers and interact with them," Katz said. "We also get new ideas for new videos from them."

She said different regions have to deal with different emergencies, such as how units in California might handle more water-related injuries.

Katz said she's worked with a lot of actors and she has learned that actors cannot match a professional in the fire service.

"This type of vocation is a high-pressure and high-stress job and the guys and gals who perform do so under pressure on daily basis, so getting on camera doesn't seem to be a problem for them," she said.

Kaplan University crews were scheduled to film a video on radiation injuries Sept. 3 at the Plain Township Fire Department in New Albany and on blasting injuries Sept. 4 at the Whitehall Division of Fire.

"It's a great place for departments to really showcase how dedicated their people are and how (they) deal with different emergencies in different areas," Katz said.

Plain Township Assistant Fire Chief Jack Rupp said three firefighter-paramedics would appear in the video and Battalion Chief Joe Brown, who coordinates the department's emergency-medical services, would talk about the department.

Katz said the university brings all equipment needed for the video, including special effects personnel who simulate the injuries needed for each video topic.

She said Steven Katz, an emergency-room physician, supervises the video shoot and "monitors all shots to ensure they are medically accurate."