An LAFD Career: The Power To Make A Difference

Thursday, August 07, 2008 |

If you've always harnessed the passion for an unconventional and rewarding career with unparalleled opportunity, we hope you'll consider the Los Angeles Fire Department as your life's work with...

The Power To Make A Difference:

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

brian, strong work, my question is how do we (lafd personnel) obtain video and pics of some of the fires on that video???

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 7:57,

Thanks for the note. While my daily routine involves working closely with photographers and videographers who capture the LAFD in action, I can't take credit for this video, which was compiled for the 2007 LAFD Medal of Valor Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

The video - along with a half-dozen others focused on LAFD recruitment, was graciously edited and produced without direct cost to the Fire Department by "SWAT Productions" - but they are *not* the ones to contact for the raw (original source, unedited) footage!

Please let me explain...

Like the nearly 3,000 photographs proudly displayed in the LAFD Flickr gallery, the raw video remains the copyright property of the photographer or their employer (i.e. television station).

While neither the LAFD, producer or post-production firm can legally share the raw footage or rights of reproduction or redistribution, our office is pleased to make your interest known to the photographer or videographer, so that you can negotiate with them directly.

At the LAFD Flickr gallery, which we coordinate, the name of the photographer is routinely attached to the photo. You just need to contact our office with their name and we'll put you in touch. Ditto for photographs you see in the newspaper, trade journals and magazines.

Sadly, our office does not coordinate broadcast video, and while not impossible to track, it can be a bit more daunting.

Equally challenging is that the images are routinel captured in a high-definition digital broadcast video format (not directly to a DVD or videotape that most of us can simply play at home), making the editing and transfer a costly and time consuming proposition in some cases.

Still, if you have a specific date, time and location of the incident, or can name date and time of publication or broadcast, we can often put you in direct touch with the videographer for your personal or professional negotiation.

Compilation videos, such as the 5:40 SWAT Productions piece in this blog post, representing more than a calendar year's worth of incidents and dozens of photographers, represent their own unique challenges.

If you're not sure where to start, please remember that I am on the 'B' Shift and I welcome your call.

Thank you for your daily efforts, which allow me to speak with unparalleled pride of a work force that is second to none.

Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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