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LACoFD Catalina Brush Fire Drill - April 2017

In April of 2017 I flew to Santa Catalina Island with members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department to document a large scale brush fire training drill. This was not as much an active fire drill as it was a logistics drill to train in coordinating the movement of fire crews and apparatus to the island of coast of southern California in the event of a substantial brush fire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, along with the Avalon Fire Department, are responsible for fire suppression on the large island. Transportation to the island was provided by the LASD's Air Rescue 5 and the return trip by LACoFD (Firehawk) Copter 19. © Craig Durling

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The Springs Fire - A Fire Photographer's Perspective

I'm sharing an experiment that I thought you might find interesting.  Using a variety of portable HD video cameras I documented a portion of day one of the Springs Wildfire in Ventura County, CA on May 2, 2013.  The point was to not only test out the cameras but to share "a day in the life" of a Fire Photographer with you...from my perspective.  It's a rough video with no bells or whistles.  It's meant to just be a taste of my experience on the fireground.  

On a side note for those unfamiliar with Fire Photographers, we are all credentialed members of the media and/or official fire department photographers on scene documenting the events and efforts for the public.  We communicate via two-way radio, as you can hear in the video.

 

FAP Episode #42 - So Cal Wildfire Update w/Joe Brown

faplogosmall (Duration 01:29:06) On this episode of Fireground Action Photography we are joined by Joe Brown who turns the tables and interviews Craig about his coverage of the recent Southern California wildfires.  Joe also has some advice for freelancers who may need to update some IRS paperwork.  Joe shared a link to an impactful video on cell phone use and you can view it HERE. Don't underestimate the power of your Twitter account!  Photographers can use it for marketing, networking, advertising and more (if you use it right). Join our "Fireground" Flickr community, upload your images to the critiuque forum and join in any of the ongoing conversations. As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here.
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FAP Episode #41 - La Brea Wildland Fire

faplogosmall (Duration 00:40:27) On this episode of Fireground Action Photography we take you along as photographers Mike Meadows, Gene Blevins and I head out to the La Brea wildland fire in Los Padres National Forest.  During some downtime I talk with Gene Blevins about the changing world of news photography.  To view video of Gene and I taking a hit from a helitanker click HERE. Don't underestimate the power of your Twitter account!  Photographers can use it for marketing, networking, advertising and more (if you use it right). Join our "Fireground" Flickr community, upload your images to the critiuque forum and join in any of the ongoing conversations. As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here.
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FAP Episode #39 - Wildland Fire Photography

faplogosmall (Duration 01:23:12) On this episode of Fireground Action Photography we're joined once again by legendary fire videographer Alan Simmons of www.firestormvideos.com. We're off to an early start to wildfire season in So Cal and in this episode we'll cover several related topics.  We'll go in depth about what a photographer should expect during a wildland fire, what hazards and other safety concerns should be considered and more.  We'll discuss some great on-line resources like WildlandFire.com, TheFireStore.com, The Supply Cache, Firehouse.com, National Firefighter, US Forest Service.  There is a host of on-line resources and reading materials you can (and should) use in order to prepare for your response to a wildfire.  One great resource is Al's website at www.firestormvideos.com.  Order your FireStorm videos now, before we get too far into the fire season and let him know that FAP sent you!  Check out his "Interface Firefighting" series! As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or download the mp3 file here.
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FAP Episode #37 - Videographer Alan Simmons & Wildfire Preview

faplogosmall (Duration 01:06:20) On this episode of Fireground Action Photography we're joined by legendary fire videographer Alan Simmons of Alan Simmons Fire Videos and firestormvideos.com.  We'll get to know a little more about Al, his history in the fire service and his background as a successful fire videographer.  We'll also review some significant fires of the past and preview the upcoming fire season. We also mentioned a great option for when gloves are a necessity but you still need to manipulate controls on your camera equipment: NOMEX FLIGHT GLOVES As always, you can find out more about your hosts Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson by visiting their websites.  You can follow your panelists on Twitter by clicking on their name here:  Craig Durling and Ross A. Benson.  Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or download the mp3 file here.
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