Firefighting

THE USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE FIRE SERVICE

Issue 10 and Volume 159.

BY LAWRENCE M. BROWNE Photography has long been an effective review tool in the fire service. Photographs have long been used for critiques, investigations, historical records, and mementos. Pictures of fires, rescues, apparatus, and members hang on the walls of nearly every firehouse. Firefighters long for photos of themselves “on the job.” Web sites are filled with images of fires and firefighters. Photos are used in training to illustrate the good and the bad. Photography records the people, places, and things we want to remember in the future and gives us a link to the past. For more than 20 years, one-hour photo processing was the standard for turning around an image from camera to print, not including transportation time to a processing facility and business hours. Instant cameras give a quick picture, but the simplistic nature of the camera and film make for limited use, as the performance at…

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