Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30th; Principal Photography starts in New York with the Snyder 100% Volunteer Fire Department.
Our new Director of Principal Photography, Tisa Zito, www.Vimeo.com/TisaZito; will be filming with the Chief, the Commissioner, who both have been to FDIC on many occasions; but this time the are taking a "1st Timer" who just made Lieutenant. This will be part of the "FDIC Experience"mini-series and the start of a whole new series on the East Coast with this department about to celebrate it's 100 Year Anniversary.
Our involvement with the Firefighters Cancer Support has just begun. We are very excited to be a part of supporting this organization, this is all due to the direction given to us via Chief Bobby Halton from the Pennwell Fire Group when we were asked to film their Awards Gala here in Los Angeles, he did not know that he too was getting an award and we were proud to be there. You will see all of this in an upcoming Special webisode in 2016.
We just returned from filming in Boston and learned that every year, 20 Boston firefighters are diagnosed with cancer, and more than 160 have died since 1990. Firefighters are dying from Cancer around the world
August 3, 2015 The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) www.firefightercancersupport.org, announced it is providing occupational cancer awareness and prevention training to the Boston Fire Department (BFD).
FCSN President Bryan Frieders, a Division Chief with the San Gabriel (CA) Fire Department, praised Boston's collaborative and aggressive approach to reducing firefighters' occupational cancer risk. "Addressing the occupational cancer epidemic requires a cultural change for the fire service," Frieders said. " Fire Commissioner Joe Finn and Boston Fires IAFF Local 718 President Richie Paris are leading from the front. Their work together with FCSN illustrates how effective labor-management relationships can be to enhance the safety and well-being of firefighters.
Another member of this Team: Dr. Michael Hamrock MD
Dr. Michael Hamrock is an experienced and trusted primary care doctor caring for the Chestnut Hill and Brighton, MA communities. Dr. Hamrock attended the University of Massachusetts, where he earned his degree in medicine. He completed his residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, and was started off his professional career as a Boston Firefigthter.
Please take a moment to watch how Boston Firefighters Fight Cancer in this Emotional New Video
As you know, cancer is the leading cause of firefighter line-of-duty deaths in the United States. Cancer caused 60 percent of line-of-duty deaths for career firefighters between 2002-2014, according to International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) data. Naturally, volunteer and call Firefighters across North America even more so increase the overall numbers.
Please direct inquiries about FCSN firefighter cancer prevention pilot to Tim Elliott email@example.com.
We are back in Valley Springs California where the recent Butt Fire devistated hundreds of families that lost their homes, many were not insured, you will learn more as this series continues after it's Primire in December. These production photos were taking yesterday on the Calaveras river where an ARGO Rescue vehicle was used.
I am back filming with the Calaveas Consolidated Fire District, I just arrived. The Chief is on his way to pick me up and take me into the fire line. We had a big dump of rain last night, so It's not going to be what you've seen on Television, but let's see what we get. Chief Robitaille is also one of Sixteen PIO's for this incident, so we hope to get some great behind the scenes shots and footage for their series. We are going to see if we can find a few of the guys from this photo on the line tonight, photos will be posted tomorrow morning before we go back out...be safe
Late in the afternoon, a call came in for a roll-over. In Cortez, drive time on "G" road can be at least a half hour in the summer and an hour in the winter, that's way past the golden hour to save a life. In this case, the occupants of the vehicle self-extracated and were safe, but, as you 1st responders know, this is not always the case and it does affect you during these long drive times to want to get there to save a life...be safe.
Filming began in late July, the first call up once the cameras were rolling on the first night, was a medical call and the Cortez Firefighters were first on-scene and assisted in packaging up their patient and transferring her into the ambulance. Next, the first call of the morning was a motorcycle rider that ran into the back of a compact vehicle, the driver of the motorcycle sustained injuries. Afternoon of the first 24, training started; and it went on every day along with meetings and walk-through's with all members of the new High School, training his staff to know every inch of that campus. Filming of this "life of a training officer" series filmed 24/7 through August 5th.
We continue filming our series in Colorado with the Cortez Fire Protection District in one of the most beautiful part of our country rich in heritiage. We will be filming twenty-four hours a day through August 5th, this is their lighting season so we have been told. Next week, they have their county fair, it could get interesting. Watch for our Battalion LIVE Feed in the coming days.
July 4th was very quiet, only one medical call, but, Sunday morning, the first call of the day was a single vehicle roll-over; the patient had to be transported by air.
On July 3rd, we began filming our brand new series with Calaveras Fire Protection District in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in California.
Production started with us meeting up with Battalion Chief Kym Olsen from Calaveas at the Lake Fire in San Bernadino were he was deployed as part of the Incident Command Team.
We met up with the Chief at the local airport where he was meeting up with the helicoptor scene assetment pilot.
Hi, I am one of the camera guys for the series. Actually, I am the Director of Principal Photography, but what's in a name. Anyway, this photo is of showing the Deputy of the Valleyview Fire Department in Alberta Canada, how to use our Canon 60d camera so as he could be 2nd camera on this remote shoot. You will see his work soon.
Much more to come with photos and stories about filming across North America.