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Firefighters in Oregon community raising money for body cams

Firefighters have started a crowd-funding campaign to raise money to purchase body cameras. (Photo via MGN Online)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Firefighters in a small Oregon community have started a crowd-funding campaign to raise money to purchase body cameras.

The Daily Courier reports (http://bit.ly/28IX6Ng ) that Fire Chief Steve Scruggs says the volunteer firefighters of Wolf Creek, a community north of Grants Pass, have been the targets of threats, attacks and vandalism.

Scruggs says body cameras will document inappropriate or illegal behavior and hopefully discourage it.

The Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District is trying to crowd-fund $2,750 for 10 small Wolfcom Vision body cameras, the same kind used by police officers.

Statewide associations do not track the use of body cameras by fire departments. Representatives of several Oregon firefighting associations say they are not aware of any departments in the state that use body cameras.

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