CAPE CORAL, Fla.-- A Cape Coral home got the Hollywood treatment today. It went from average residence, to production set as Cape Coral Fire Rescue paramedics traded in the fire fight for the spot light to serve as actors in a training video.
"These videos are basically case based continuing education videos for EMTs and paramedics to stay refreshed and up to date with critically important topics," explained Steve Katz with Kaplan Fire and Ems.
The topic for the latest video was penetrating eye injuries. A actress recounted a gruesome injury obtained while doing yard work. The training video captures every moment of the emergency response.
"We respond to probably about, personal injury calls, at least once a day somewhere in this city," said Division Chief James Heikkila. While they are not always eye injuries, similar response tactics are used in each case.
"There's definitely nuances in each one of the cases that we do in order to make sure that the teaching points are delivered to make sure that eye sight or lives or limbs are saved," Katz explained during a break from production.
The production cost the Fire Department absolutely nothing. In fact, the home that served as a set belongs to the division chief's brother. The production company paid the actress and supplied the camera and lighting equipment, but the paramedics worked on a volunteer basis.
"It was an opportunity for us", said Chief Heikkila. "We have a lot of pride here at the Fire Department so we like to show that pride to all the other fire departments in the country"
While the acting experience was enjoyable, no one's considering giving up their day job just yet.
"They're trying to do this perfectly, and there's a lot of cuts. They're nervous," said Heikkila. "It's easier for them to do the real thing. They react as opposed to trying to make sure everything is said perfectly on camera. So in real life, it's a lot easier for them to do this."
The Cape Coral Fire Department requires 30 hours a year of continuing education. This video, once edited and distributed in March, should count for about an hour and a half. It will be viewed by hundreds of fire departments across the United States and Canada.