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2015 Hastings Wildfire Video

On January 3, 2015 a significant fire broke out in Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria, Australia. A fire that I attended, a fire that I won't be forgetting anytime soon. We received the call just after 2pm, and I returned to the station at 7pm after being part of a fire crew that saved a number of houses in a street bordering scrub and bush. While we were deployed one of our firefighters had a camera attached to his helmet, and at the climax of our efforts to halt the blaze he started recording. Prior to that point I also took some photos and video of our efforts (including as we deployed to the street threatened by fire) as I recognised the significance of the fire and what we were doing.

Since that day I've longed to create a proper video from the footage that we took. Unfortunately I wasn't able to - until now. At first I thought about trying to narrate what we did, I decided to change plan and instead cut it to a piece of excellence music I found, giving it the right amount of urgency and importance. Something the helmet camera footage didn't show was how much smoke there actually was. Even though the video is less than two minutes long, the bulk of the fire fight in the helmet camera footage took place over a period of twenty minutes (the most intense twenty minutes of my life). I am proud of how hard the crew I was with worked, and that we were able to save all the houses we set out to.

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