04/10/13 280 W - + 8 - 1 Burn, Detroit, and Thoughts Therein

Saw Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit tonight, the first of two local showings at the Six Forks Station Cinemas. Er, the first of four showings, the film was played tonight on two screens. Presuming the same applies tomorrow. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Here's the online point of purchase.

Good movie! Certainly highly recommended for anyone in emergency services or ties therein. Probably quite gripping for lay viewers. It's a surprising lean film, with a running time of only 86 minutes. It's also character driven, notably through a trio of department members: a retiring FEO, a retired disabled firefighter, and the newly Fire Commission. (Though the city itself is arguably also a character here.)

Here's a review from the Hollywood Reporter. Here's a review from Variety. Here's a review from the New York Times. (And an agreggated collection of reviews from RT.) Two questions for readers. First, what did you think of the film? Second, how does the film affect your perception of your own firefighting careers (and departments and cities you serve)?

The film also provides a great visual tour of the Motor City. My first and so far only visit was a couple years ago, as part of an extended Midwestern vacation. Here are some of those highlights, for whomever is interested:


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A lot of the depts around Detroit see that much work on a daily basis like Flint. Gary, Camden, parts of Baltimore, and both the south side and west side of Chicago as see it. My understanding is that DFD doesn’t run EMS calls unless requested by the EMS unit. They just run fire related calls.
Mike - 04/11/13 - 09:52

During the film last night I felt like they primarily run fire calls. When they were showing the building collapse in which Doogie was injured, I do not believe a ambulance was even on scene. Hence, them loading injured firefighters into the squad and running over 3 inch hose to get to them to the medical center.

I thought the movie was very good! Well worth it!
Trey Cash (Email) - 04/11/13 - 11:21

They only get EMS on fires if it is a multi alarm, if it is reported that someone is trapped inside or has been injured.
Mike - 04/11/13 - 13:05

Great movie, from my perspective I just wanted to see a slide or two with the year in review. How many runs; increases in staff, equipment, OSHA 300 log, etc.; the chief’s thoughts, and any politic figure opinions. Just thought it would finish it off nicely.
TimH - 04/15/13 - 13:00

Just run EMS when requested by the unit on scene, not a first responder program like we have here.
Silver - 04/18/13 - 23:42

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