Synopsis: The city of Detroit, Michigan has been in severe decline in recent decades. Among the resulting problems is the dramatic rise of fires in a decaying urbanscape of abandoned buildings that seems to have no future. This film profiles the lives and trials of the personnel of the Detroit Fire Department, who are on the front line of this taxing battle. Facing constant emergencies in the face of shrinking budgets, the firefighters of Detroit are to determined to protect the city as best they can, whatever the cost.
Genre: Documentary
Production: Area 23a
  1 win & 1 nomination.
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86 min

no, not at all.

This is my neighborhood,

this is where I live,

this is where I fight my fires.

You used to could walk

in this neighborhood.

Well, now, you're pretty much

afraid to walk to the corner.

This is where some

of the firefighters lived

and grew up, right here.

And now look at it, that

was a fire job right there,

you can tell by the soot that

was in the front of the dwelling.

We've been to that

apartment building over there,

at least a half-a-dozen

times that I know of.

We actually saved a young

man out of this one, 18011,

actually saved a young man

out of that one.

When you look around the City,

you look at the burnt-out homes.

That's when you get this

attitude, "This is no good."

And I don't understand it, I'm

not going to understand it.

If you live in the community in which

you work, how do you not do something

for the people that are around you?

You have an opportunity

to make change.

Report of a growing fire...

Ninety-five percent

of what I do is arson.

Very rarely do we have

a legitimate fire.

We can't get out!

Somebody went in

through the back door,

went upstairs, and

they lit the place.

You go up stairs you can smell

some kind of accelerant or something.

I can't picture

another city that's like this

where so many of the fires are arson.

It's beyond me why people would

want to burn their own city down.

There's arson for profit.

There's arson for revenge.

And then there's just

arson for kicks.

It used to infuriate me that

this was going on night after night,

and nobody, nobody seemed to care.

But I mean, we're doing this

for the people that are left,

and for the houses are occupied.

You got to be tough.

The exhaustion

can be depressing.

To blow off steam,

you probably have ten methods

for every individual, you know?

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