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FIRST PLACE: “First Responders”

This timely CNN story outlines several important issues faced by fire departments across the nation, including staffing shortages and budget cuts and their impact on public safety. This broadcast also advocates for additional SAFER funding in relation to recent station closures and lay offs. This story features an interview with IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, other prominent union leaders and fire fighters from IAFF locals.

Reported by: Alina Cho and Produced by Chris Strathmann
Submitted by: IAFF 13th District Vice President Bruce Carpenter

SECOND PLACE: “Storm King Mountain Anniversary”

KCNC TV produced this well-researched feature to coincide with the 10th anniversary of a wildfire in Storm King Mountains, Colorado, where 14 fire fighters lost their lives battling the blaze. The documentary includes a simulation of the dreadful day to show that fire fighters went in knowing they might not make it out alive. A park leading to a monument where these 14 fire fighters lost their lives has been built in their memory.

Reported by: Andrea Lopez and John Mason
Submitted by: IAFF 13th District Vice President Bruce Carpenter

SECOND PLACE: “Get Your Children Out”

This news feature effectively demonstrates how to rescue children from submerged cars, and illustrates the important role of fire fighters in an underwater rescue.

Reported by: Mike Kirsh
Submitted by: Metro-Dade County, FL Local 1403

HONORABLE MENTION: “In Your Shoes - Fire Fighter”
This documentary describes what it takes to be a fire fighter, including the requirements and process to become a fire fighter. This feature also promotes the profession of fire fighting.

Shaw Cable Systems GR (Urban Rush)
Reported by: Erin Cebula, Marlene Gurvich, Craig Childe
Submitted by: Vancouver, BC Local 18

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