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Heroes Continued

Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 27 July 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

http://www.ralphjones313.com/

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

Another humbling shot

27 Jul 2011 8:48am

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

Are these scenes of fire practise?

There are a lot of houses with thatched roofs near me and once a month or so the fire brigade cover a slate roof (abandoned) house with dry grass and leaves and set fire to it so they'll know how to deal with the real thing.

27 Jul 2011 9:40am

@Zorilla: No, this is a real and live fire. Detroit land base is 138.8 square miles (359 km2), large enough to encompass Manhattan, Boston, and San Francisco with room for another. There is an average of 6 fires on any given day within the city.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent framing in this shot Ralph! This appears to be a practice event! ;-)

27 Jul 2011 11:55am

@Eric Cousineau: No this is a real live fire. Please see my above response to Zorilla's comment.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

nice title !

27 Jul 2011 12:28pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Definitely real ... and hopefully that porch will hold him. So many firefighter accidents come from such falls, as you well know.

Do you monitor the fire department's radio frequency so you know where to go for your excellent photos?

27 Jul 2011 1:07pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Judy I follow smoke signals, if I see smoke it the air, I'm off. It usually works out well, there are times (like yesterday) I followed the smoke and by the time I found the fire it was out, or as I was headed home from missing that fire I spotted a ladder company going out to another fire. I followed it as best I could only to find out it was deep within an industrial complex where I could not enter.

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

this is hot! and 'mission accomplished' I am now inspired to visit and appreciate Detroit's uniqueness... for now through your photoblog!

27 Jul 2011 1:39pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you M.E.

danou-yepa from Nice, France

wowww very impressive , perfect shot !!!! great framing and details , a great homage for this men , 5*

27 Jul 2011 3:24pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh, no thank you! This is just one of the reasons why these men and women are heroes...Walking on an old roof that could immediately break right through...no thanks! A fantastic shot with the fireman and the flames, Ralph. Excellent job.

27 Jul 2011 3:50pm

@Denny Jump Photo: I once asked a fire fighter after he exited a burning building how he knew it was safe from collapsing around him, his answer was, "We don't know".

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Taking that step into the unknown. You really encompassed the hidden danger with this shot. Once again, Excellent work, Ralph.

27 Jul 2011 6:31pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Superb capture, great details.
True heroes !!!

27 Jul 2011 9:09pm

David from Detroit, United States

Great action shot. This tells a story (one that everyone wishes we could avoid...).

28 Jul 2011 1:41am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wicked good. The ladder and this firefighter's posture exude the power of the moment.

28 Jul 2011 1:52am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

A wonderful action capture! My husband is a LT. Firefighter for 20 years. He is enjoying these shots too!

28 Jul 2011 2:58am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Amazing shot for the action , the angle, and the textures and colors of the house fire. Excellent.

28 Jul 2011 3:17am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I love these Heroes series, which always impress with these "roaring" flames. But I must ask, Do you utilize a radio scanner to hear where the latest fire is, or are the fires that prevalent that you just happen to come across them?

28 Jul 2011 3:26am