Written July 29, 2014
This documentary tells the story of the Detroit Fire Department and the problems they face from a decreasing budget and an increasingly decaying city. It's family friendly, but it won't appeal to kids under 10 or 12 years old or so.
Always consider the source; Denis Leary was Executive Producer, and he has family ties and strong sympathy for firefighters. Therefore, you won't find balance, or equal amounts of information on both sides of the budget equation, or on both sides of the tension between Dept. vs. City, either. What you will find, though, is an intimate portrait of individual firefighters, simple yet complicated, brave yet fully aware of the risks involved in their chosen profession.
It's a well-done movie, and the fact that it also raises funds for local firefighter charity continues the pull on the heartstrings. It's a frightening picture, and it should be seen by anyone who has a personal stake, however great or small, in what's happening in the City of Detroit.
Written July 29, 2015
This movie was amazing! It was only an hour and a half but I wish it was longer. Part of the proceeds also go to these amazing men and woman and helping them get the equipment they need. These guys are our everyday heroes and this movie shows their amazing courage and sacrifices they make to help support there community. Its not everyday you see a movie and everyone is clapping at the end, but well deserved!
Written November 27, 2014
Don't get me wrong, the movie was pretty powerful - just not in the way I expected. No great insights into the tactics or philosophy of firefighting, but more a condemnation of how public service employees have been the ones paying the price for all of the "belt tightening" in government budgets.
Written November 29, 2014
Heard about this movie from my wife, who is from Detroit, and also had the pleasure of sitting next to two or the firefighters on a recent flight from Boston. The movie is very real and sad, both from the risks of the firefighters and the state of Detroit's economy in general.
A significant portion of any profits from the film will go the the Leary Firefighters Foundation to purchase gear for the firefighters. For more information you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and at ***detroitfirefilm.org
Written November 29, 2014
I too am a firefighter/driver in a large city and about to retire after 31 years. It was like I was watching myself on the job. I've seen the good the bad and the worst. Although I didn't check the box above for this I will say this film should be a "MUST SEE" for every fire department decision making government office. Other than the amount of working fires in a shift, Detroit is just like every other fire department in the USA, perhaps a little worse, but still we are all feeling the economy crunch. Don't get me wrong.... I like the movie for the most part and so will those who have an interest in the fire department. The film footage was excellent and in your face real. The only reason I went to see this at a theater is because some proceeds were to help the cause. I would have wanted to see this regardless, but I could have waited for the DVD to come out.