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Fire Service TV
Josh Grimes, a captain with the Louisville International Airport Fire Department, has worked in TV for the past 15 years. In 2001 he was approached by a Chief who asked if he could produce a quarterly TV program for the Fire Service on a limited budget. In order to avoid costly studio fees, Grimes decided to produce the show at a different firehouse for each episode. The format and look of the show stuck and 12 years and about 45 episodes later the show is still on the air.
“We produce four 30-minute shows per year for the Jefferson County Fire Service entitled “In the Line of Fire,” says Grimes. “The show airs multiple times a week on the Louisville METROTV channel, Faith Channel and is streamed online and via the Louisville Fire Department ERTV closed-circuit network that reaches all Louisville and Jefferson County fire stations.”
The purpose of the show is to convey Public Information, Public Education and attract Recruitment. The show typically has a guest interview and a few feature style stories on a news event or profiling a volunteer firefighter. Recently the show has even taken a focus on the funding issues that the Fire Districts are up against.
In The Line of Fire has won Telly Awards, Communicator Award of Distinction and was nominated for a regional Emmy Award. The fire districts have even been featured in several worldwide training videos. The show archives can be viewed at www.code3video.net/videoproj.htm.