Detroit Fire Filmmakers Aim for Spring Release

Supporters say the story of the department's trials and tribulations has taken on national significance.

It’s also very real, with hours of film taken at actual fire scenes, including some with helmet cameras, to give the viewers a sense of what it’s like to be in a burning building, Sanchez said.

The film has been funded thus far by donations from individuals and corporate partners like General Motors, Apple, Husqvarna Chainsaws and some fire equipment companies, the directors said.

Sanchez and Putnam said they have enough money to get the film to a festival, but then that’s it, and they’re still looking for additional partners and individuals to provide funds to finish the project and get it to audiences.

The directors say the film is going to be interesting to more than just firefighters and buffs.

“You don’t have to be a firefighter to watch this film and relate,” Putnam said. “Anyone who has been affected in the workplace by the economy will be able to relate. It’s more than a story about firefighters.”

Those interested in learning more about the film or contributing can visit the project’s web site at