10/30/13 295 W, 5 I - + 4 - 7 Behind the Tape - San Francisco

Reporting from the road. Caught this "worker" while visiting San Francisco on Monday. Three alarms in the 1400 block of Valencia Street. Arrived about forty minutes after dispatch. Police lines were everywhere, as well as orders to "please stay on the sidewalk and out of the street, sir." Such enforcement was relaxed (a bit) after the fire had been controlled, but not before Yours Truly had circled several blocks. And, alas, took a counter-clockwise route, and didn't find the best vantage point (parking lot almost across the street) until the very end.

What's a visiting fire photographer to do, if he can't get inside the fire lines? Why, do what every other non-official photog is doing. Stand and shoot, or find a better vantage point. Here's a map showing my approximate path. The dots indicated shooting locations. There were cameras everywhere, of course. Mostly phones and point-and-shoots. Plus a number of "real" cameras, in the hands of what looked like journalists and fire buffs. Click to enlarge:


See the photos, which are posted to Flickr but linked from my photo site. They're aftermath photos, and often shot into the sun. Thus the crazy colors and shadows. They're also great examples of "outside the tape" photography. And validate the value of "inside the tape" shots, and the role of official photographers. Still, was able to get some good ones, both near and far. See below. Google for incident details from news reports.

Greatly enjoyed both visiting the scene, and the experience of getting there. Rushing to a fire in Raleigh is a comparable piece of cake.




Any info on the “Reserve” FF’s?
Marcus - 10/30/13 - 21:13

Was wondering the same thing, Marcus.

Google is our friend, http://sffd-fire-reserve.org/
Legeros - 10/31/13 - 01:07

Love the SFFD photos Mike! Especially the shots you got of Rescue 1 and the CBRNE unit. Did you have a chance while in SF to visit the new Rescue 1 quarters (R1, T1 and E1)?

Trevor James (Web Site) - 10/31/13 - 10:40

Any info on the green lenses, mainly on the truck co’s? I saw that alot on my visit, but didn’t get a chance to ask.
Charlie - 11/01/13 - 11:00

Thanks! Haven’t seen green lenses since I lived in CT as a teenager. The ambulance volunteers ran with green. Vol fire blue.
Charlie - 11/02/13 - 20:13

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