Burn (I) (2012)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  22 April 2012 (USA)
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A documentary about Detroit told through the eyes of firefighters charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.

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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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit




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22 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit  »

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$225,000 (estimated)

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$1,970 (USA) (9 November 2012)


$111,300 (USA) (21 December 2012)

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What an eye opener!
10 January 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

So I'll say from the outset that I've got over 15 years with the emergency services, but not a fire department.

This documentary was incredibly well done!

The footage was amazing- if you wanna see a fire from a firefighters perspective, with no holds barred action, then this is for you!

Being non American, I know literally nothing about Detroit. I had heard via the news that they were in a financial mess, so this was a real eye opener. A sad state of affairs when essential services such as fire and police have no money to perform their job.

No money for PPE, equipment and truck repairs is a sad, sad state of affairs that everyone needs to see to believe and then make an issue out of.

It'd be great to see a follow up in a year or so to see the difference....

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