Into the Fire, a new documentary to air this month on The History Channel, “…captures the exhilaration, heartbreak and joy of the self-proclaimed ‘ordinary people’ who have chosen this difficult and dangerous career, even as tightening budgets and increasing demands add to the challenges of the job,” according to reviewers. The film, featuring an introduction by actor Gary Sinise, will premiere on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. EDT. There will be a repeat airing of the documentary on Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. EDT.
“Into the Fire is a great vehicle to reinforce the messages we share during Fire Prevention Month with a national audience," said Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin of Atlanta Fire-Rescue. "Throughout October, firefighters across the country are focused on sharing fire safety messages. Our communities rarely get a glimpse of what it is like to be a firefighter — how we respond to a variety of emergencies from fires to car accidents to the violence plaguing our neighborhoods. This documentary raises important issues that affect the safety of many communities."
In the documentary, Academy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Bill Couturie focuses on career and volunteer firefighters from across the country as they describe the daily trials and triumphs of the profession of firefighting, from urban rescues to battles with massive forest fires. It also offers a rare glimpse of fire station camaraderie, detailing the humor and fierce loyalty shared by the men and women who routinely entrust their lives to one another. In addition, the film points out that despite great advances in technology, putting out fires still comes down to human beings venturing into potentially lethal situations armed with a water hose.
Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. created the concept for the film and produced Into the Fire to raise the nation’s consciousness about the funding challenges firefighters face. Funds raised through special screening events, sales of film memorabilia, calls for donations and sales of film DVDs will benefit firefighters and fire service organizations nationwide in association with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Funds will go towards the purchase of equipment many departments cannot afford.
"We hope this film will increase support for firefighters and other first responders from all who watch this documentary," said Fireman's Fund Community Relations Director Danielle Cagan. "At the end of the day, the goal is to create a stronger appreciation for the men and women who keep our communities safe."
For more information visit the Fireman’s Fund or The History Channel Web sites.