Non-Fiction Documentary; Firefighting 4


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The society faces a plethora of concerns which usually create an impact on the lives of the individuals especially the affected group of people. In many cases, the concerns stretch to a social, political and even economic concerns. Therefore, the manner of addressing them to members of the society matters to a great extent especially I regard to the means and manner of communication tools employed. This paper seeks to address a typical media concern based on the true application of socio-cultural aspects of human lives. The case study intended in the paper aims at sinking the concern and ensuring that the target audience receives and act on the addressed issue. In addition, this paper seeks to include the aspect of media tools, sample documentary script as well as the views and contributions expressed by other scholars on the matter of concern.

Statement of the non-fictional media concept

The paper relates to a short, precise and well-articulated documentary addressing the working conditions, life and safety standards of Peter Michael. Peter Michael is a firefighter working with the local firefighting agency as one of the forward men in a case of a fire break out despite the constant exposure associated with risks and dangers of such an exercise. The documentary addressed in this paper integrates the use of social networking links and case evidence to justify the constant risks which face the paper charged with the mandate of working as firefighters in such agencies. The primary purpose of this documentary concerns the need to create a general awareness of the risks associated with lack of safety standards in firefighting duties and the need for local authorities to ensure maximum safety standards, education and well training for the firefighting staff. The information within this documentary and the social networking link seek to build awareness and connect people with an interest in getting involved in firefighting duties.

Representation of Social issues and protagonist characters

The duty of working as a firefighter remains as one of the most common duties, especially in an urban setup. The local authorities, as well as other non-governmental organizations, manage the firefighting firms with a view of tackling fire incidents within the society. Therefore, the approach intended in this study concerns the need to interview a sample of members working with a local firefighting agency within the city. The interview seeks to determine some of the risks faced by these workers especially as a result of lack of proper safety standard during work. The interview seeks to create a practical and realistic environment to allow for the address of the concern. In addition, the study integrates the behind-the-scene concepts so as to understand the nature of conditions experienced by these workers and the possible dangers faced as a result of lack of proper working conditions (Zimmerman 2012).

One of the protagonists in this study is Kevin Stewart, who represents a group of workers in a firefighting agency within the New York City. Kevin affirms that several workers continue to experience poor health conditions as a result of exposure to direct fire during the operations. Some of the reasons cited include lack of adequate protection, especially during emergency responses. Rose, equally supports the idea relating to study and exposure to the plight and health risks undergone by the firefighters in performing their roles. She asserts that many retired firefighters show consistent poor health patterns as a result of constant exposure to smoke and emissions during the firefighting incidents. In fact, she expresses much need and support for such a study in order to unearth the plight of such personnel.

Lastly, Steve supports the need to improve the training related to the firefighting operations. He asserts that many people lose their lives during a practical exercise intended to put out the fire as a result of poor operations management and the process of carrying out the incidents. Therefore, the exposure made by this study intends to point out some of the areas of weaknesses associated with firefighting missions and the need to improve such areas so as to protect the lives of many people.

The support roles, however, represents the conflict between the protagonists in light of their perception and involvement in the study of the plight of the firefighters. One of such conflicts expresses itself in the manner of understanding the firefighting mission. Some of the protagonists argue that the operation remains a risky job and should be avoided to save lives of the firefighters. On the other hand, other protagonists argue that just a well-planned training exercise benefits the workforce and therefore no need to scrap out the roles of the firefighters (Zimmerman 2012). The other conflict arises from the perception relating to the safety standards of the local authorities as well as the fire agencies. Some of the protagonists argue that the duty to maintain the safety standards rests with the local authorities while others assert that the particular fire agencies need to ensure maximum policies and standards to promote safety. Nevertheless, these protagonists agree on the need for better and improved safety conditions, guiding policies and adequate training to prevent risky exposures to the firefighters and also to save lives.

Media Tools

The media tools in this section represent the various techniques which aid in representing the information within the study. The concern of the health and safety of the firefighting in the modern societal set up usually relates to the roles and involvement of several regulating agencies. The structure adopted in this paper articulates the various bodies concerned with addressing the social and economic concerns of the firefighters. In addition, the format adopted in the paper entails the use of case studies with much relevance on the plight of the firefighters. The need to adopt the case study structures and representation of the media concerns relate to the purpose of driving a practical scenario and concept of the study.

One of the media tool adopted in the case study involves the use of storyboards to depict various scenarios. The storyboards provide typical incidents of firefighting missions in which the various personnel involved faced a range of health-related risks. The use of scenarios demonstrates a typical set up of the firefighting ordeal. The intention of using typical storyboards aim at providing a more realistic face to the notion of the risks associated with firefighting. In addition, it also aims at ensuring that the analysis adopts a more critical and realistic approach especially after evaluating the past incidents associated with risk exposure concerns. This tool provides a more pragmatic approach and relevance to the question of the plight of Peter Michael and the need to seek redress on the exposure. A lot of significance and importance accrue to the study when it integrates the use of a typical scenario involving a firefighting mission and the challenges involved in such a mission (Zimmerman 2012).

The other media tool of much relevance in this case study involves the use of images especially of typical firefighting ordeals. The images captioned in this paper represent practical and realistic ordeals involving the role of firefighters in their bid to exercise the demands and purposes of their roles. The tone of the relevance of attaching practical images to a firefighting incidents relates to the need of ensuring pictorial evidence in driving particular concerns. The study of the literature reveals that pictures present a more appealing and moving drive towards addressing a particular concern. Therefore, the desire represented by this paper as well as the protagonists of this concern support the inclusion of pictorial images of incidents related to the firefighting missions. In addition, the structure of the firefighting agencies, the roles of very individual and the coordination patterns associated with this task forms part of the study. The use of the above-named media tools intends to ensure that the concerns addressed in this paper receive much relevance in the manner of their presentation and articulation. In fact, they intend to provide a more practical taste to the concerns thereby seeking the attention of the target audience and ensuring an action from the audience. Therefore, this paper seeks to receive redress and actions from the various concepts outlined in the scenario and events within the paper and also to address the concerns of Michael Peter being the greatest casualty within the case study.

Key Audience

The primary audience of this work relates to the local authorities and the management bodies of the firefighting agencies. The issue of policy formulation and implementation rests on the shoulders of these bodies that remain under the obligation of ensuring that the workforce face better and improved working conditions. The target audience focuses on the need to ensure maximum regulation on the standards and activities performed for the sake of ensuring safety conditions for the firefighters. The concerns expressed in this paper represents that of many people and workers within such agencies who argue that lack of safety conditions during their work endangers their lives. Therefore, this paper creates awareness on the need to ensure such safety conditions by the concerns authorities and also to act as a mouthpiece for many workers affected by such poor working conditions

One of the main ways through which the concerns addressed in this paper are intended to reach the target audience is through the use of the social media networks. The social media networks stand out as one of the commonly preferred means of communication in the recent times. It involves the coordination and association of several people from different parts of the globe brought together under one communication platform. Besides the use of the social media, the advocacy within this paper intends to use live events so as to present the plight of the firefighters and urge for actions of the relevant authorities in ensuring the promotions of safety standards for such personnel. The live events also allow for the participation of the people and scholars who bear much relevance in ensuring that the local authorities, as well as the management of these firefighting agencies, adopt a more modern and improved means of safety standards for workers.

Sample documentary script

Firefighting involves the use of machines and personnel charged with the responsibility of putting out the fire to avoid losses and casualties. The role of the firefighters ranges from managing the machines to participating in the actual process of putting out the fire. This responsibility entails risk measures due to the fierce characteristic of many fire breakouts. In many cases, the firefighters use well-specialized equipment and garments to avoid exposure to the risky fires within their duties. Further, the training and the equipment within the reach of these professionals make them fully prepared to carry out a successful firefighting exercise. However, this usually fails to take place as most of the workforce fall within their duties due to poor training or lack of adequate safety standards (Zimmerman 2012). Therefore, these documentary addresses various scenario associated with firefighting mission and the plight of the firefighters in relevance to their working conditions and safety standards.

The first scene relates to that of one of the greatest fire breakouts in Canada 2006 which relate to an abandoned convent in Canada. The fire broke out rapidly and spread extremely to damage the abandoned building. The images show the response by firefighters to attempt to put out the fast-spreading fire which was further escalating to the neighboring houses. The extent of the fire reveals the kind of risk exposures to which the fighters expose themselves. Typically, the incidents reported no casualties on the side of the firefighters.


The Jyvaskyla Finland fire also exemplifies a practically difficult firefighting ordeal which prompted the use of cranes to put out the fire. The image represented in this scenario depicts the use of a crane to reach the houses which continued to suffer under the rubbles of the fire. In many cases, the fighter fighters are expected to operate the machines and also perform ground coordination of firefighting. This exercise remains as one of the most tricky and risky operations in the history of firefighting.

Documentary 1

Documentary 2One of the most hazardous firefighting incidents in the history relates to that of a fire incident in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the United States. The fire razed down several structures and also led to severe losses within the neighborhoods. Studies reveal that the extent of this fire corresponds to that of an electric fault associated with closely connected building and structures. The hazardous nature of this fire made a stunning revelation in the duties and functions of the firefighters regarding their need for better and improved working conditions. In addition, it also led to the identification of several weak points within the fire management department of the United States (Zimmerman 2012)

The scenarios depicted above indicate practical aspects of the roles of the firefighters in day-to-day operations. The extent of varied nature of fire breakouts remains as a stunning challenge to the people and entire workforce mandated to manage the fires. The duty calls for better patterns of management and coordination as well as more improved means of ensuring safety for the workers. The firefighters require better and protective garments as well as proper training to equip them with the relevant skills to perform their roles. This documentary, therefore, emphasizes the need to offer better management, policy structures, working conditions as well as safety standards to ensure that the fighters perform their duties without lacuna and cases of casualties.


Zimmerman, D. 2012. Firefighter safety and survival. Clifton Park, NY, Delmar, Cengage Learning.