Firefighters captures frontline action with the men and women of the NZ Fire Service.
The series centres around career firefighters from the Auckland Fire Region who are responsible for one of the biggest, busiest and most diverse fire regions in the country – as well as volunteer crews from Thames and Coromandel. It’s a little known fact that 80 percent of New Zealand’s firefighters are made up of volunteers who receive no pay and are on call 24/7.
Firefighters is ‘character driven’ and follows a variety of characters including Station Officers, rookies, a female fire fighter and a fire safety officer.
Associate Producer, Dianne Lindesay says there is a very strong sense of camaraderie amongst the firefighters.
The series was filmed over a period of six months. Director/camera operators lived on station to ensure cameras were right alongside fire fighters at key moments – observing, capturing and reflecting the detail of their specialised and often dangerous work.
The result is a series that demonstrates the wide range of fires and exceptional circumstances fire fighters deal with on a daily basis. Callouts are varied and include house fires; chemical spills; people trapped in lifts; car accidents; a dog stuck in a house and even a truck that’s crashed into a house!
Promotional TrailerComing soon
Producers: Dianne Lindesay, Ingrid Leary, Jonty Rutherford
Thanks to: Staff and families of the N.Z. Fire Service
Exec producer: Tony Manson
Fire Service production liaison: Roy Breeze
Network exec: John Wright
Researcher: Dianne Lindesay
Script consultant: Jim Mora
Offline editor: Kristin Leys
Online editor: Guy Brinsdon
Production manager: Carolyn Harper
Production coordinator: Marilyn Burgess
Production assistant: Amanda Viney
Director/camera: Dan Frost, Rebecca Mellor, Craig Wright, Geoff Cox, Paul Clark, Stephen Baker, Jonty Rutherford, Jeff Cameron
Sound mix: Simon Shazell
Narrator: John Sumner
Production accountant: Jeanette Wiles-Cromie
Financial controller: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TVNZ