I'm a former volunteer firefighter/EMT in both NC and NY, until an injury knocked me out permanently. But I've always kept the fire service close to me. I'm even in my fifth season on my podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force," with listeners in nearly 40 countries.
Then in 2014, I came across an interesting article about a large metropolitan fire department in the northeast. The more I read, the stronger my idea became. Instead of reality, I saw a limited-series drama about this unique aspect. My partners liked it so much after seeing my treatment, the told me to write the pilot script. (Had never even thought of doing that before) With the help of a friend who graduated in LA with a degree in screenwriting, we went to work. The following year, we brought it to the city's Office of Film and Television, who loved it, as did the chief of the department, as well as the city itself.Â We've been trying to pitch it ever since.Prior to our current project, my partners and I produced a pilot for a true-to-life show, â€œAmericaâ€™s Heroes: The Men & Women of Fire Rescue,â€ back in 2000. We presented twelve stories of dramatic, real-life rescues, with on-scene b-roll and stories "in their own words" from key first responders who answered these calls. They are not re-creations. All the action scenes were recorded as they happened. And it is as viable today as it was then. If you would like to catch it, please let me know and I'll be happy to share the link.