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FIRST PLACE: “First Response”

Funding problems jeopardize the availability of medic units, so Baltimore fire fighters use a “critical alert” system to provide more of them. This report, however, shows that in using this system, the fire department is playing Russian roulette with fire suppression.

Reported by: Steve Levine
Submitted by: Baltimore City, MD Local 734

“Recruit Academy 2008”

In this three-disc documentary, viewers get an in-depth look at what it takes to be a fire fighter or EMT for the Anchorage Fire Department, from the first testing to the final station assignments.

AFD Magazine Video Center
Reported by: Molly McCoy and John Crabb
Submitted by: Anchorage, AK Local 1264

HONORABLE MENTION: “Pheasant Hunting with a Fire Fighter”

The Kansas City Fire Department and Local 64 join MacMillan River Adventures host Keith Mark on a pheasant hunt. The host also visits the fire station, where he highlights the brotherhood, honor and importance of fire fighting.

The Outdoor Channel
Reported by: Keith Mark and Tim Mahoney
Submitted by: Kansas City, KS Local 64

SECOND PLACE: “Fueling the Fire”

This report sent a clear message on the importance of training for fire fighters, but also reinforced to viewers the danger of living near fuel tanks.

Reported by: Dave Kartunan, Chris Volz and Kevin McCarthy
Submitted by: Broward County, FL Local 4321


"What fire fighters live and die for” is what the mayor, city council members, a U.S. representative and the reporter learned about in Fire Ops 101, as they suit up and “train” with the help of Engine Co. 180.

Fox 29
Reported by: Claudia Gomez
Submitted by: Philadelphia, PA Local 22

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