Why do we use CCTV (including body worn cameras) and/or drones
We use CCTV, drones and Body Worn Video in the following situations:
- At our premises
- On our fire appliances
- At major incidents
We recognise that using CCTV and/ or drones means that we may collect personal information about individuals. We have procedures in place for the use of these and ensure that we operate in signs accordance with the codes of practice issued by the Information Commissioner and the Home Office.
Our lawful basis for processing this information is that it is in our legitimate interests to do so.
CCTV and/or drones help us to:
- Protect our assets
- Deter and detect crime
- Monitor performance
- Assess and train incident commanders and command assessors
- Improve situational awareness to aid firefighting
- Assist the Police to search for missing persons
We tell you if CCTV/drones are being used
We use signs at the entrances to our buildings and on fire appliances to state that CCTV is in use. Any members of staff using body worn cameras will wear an armband to state that CCTV is in use. When a drone is in use we will display signs and the operator will wear high visibility clothing.
How we use CCTV/drone information
Recorded images may be viewed by the Police for the prevention and detection of crime. Decisions to disclose images are made on a case by case basis in accordance with data protection legislation and our CCTV procedures.
We have defined retention periods for the different uses of CCTV to ensure that any personal information is not kept for any longer than necessary.
You have the right to see CCTV images of yourself and be provided with a copy of the images. Please see here for more information about your rights.