CHICO, Calif. -

The view is unlike any other through the eyes of a Chico firefighter, and it's all thanks to a helmet cam.

Cameras are everywhere, they are on phones, you can fit them in your hands, and now firefighters are strapping them on their helmets in increasing numbers as they go head first into the danger zone.

Chico firefighter Jim Lucanic strapped one on as he was battling flames on top of the roof at the Redwood Apartments on June 13 and got all the action on his helmet cam.

"It takes pictures too, but it has a 1080p video," said Lucanic. "I don't understand what that means but I just know it's high quality."

Lucanic bought the camera recently for about $200.

"I was telling myself you're on duty tonight you should get that thing on there or you're going to regret it," he said.

The decision paid off in the form of an incredible view and more. The camera mounts very easily to the side of the helmet and you can get a first person view of what the firefighter is doing. It's also a good learning tool.

"Afterwards I can say 'hey look at what I missed. Did I miss leaking fluid out of vehicle or gas? Did I miss someone in a window or did I miss the smoke conditions that I could have read better and adjusted my operation,'" said Lucanic.

His footage was shown to the 13 fire cadets who were recently hired by the department. The first-person view is now a critical part of their training. It's the first step in an effort by Chico Fire to expand the use of this technology.

The department recently received a local grant from AAA in Chico to purchase a handful of cameras.

"Just like any other sports team, we are able to review our plays and make sure we play better next time," said Interim Fire Chief Shane Lauderdale.

Lucanic adds it's the perfect tool to be the best firefighter he can be and to help keep his community safe every time he's dispatched.

"There was a few things that I would have done differently but for the most part not to pat myself on the back, that one went well and that's good footage that I have," he said.

The new helmet cameras will help provide a much more detailed and accurate after-action report of every incident. The department is still ironing out some of the policies for the cameras and expects to have them in the field as soon as they work out the details.