Charlotte Video Project profiles Charlotte’s busiest firehouse: Station 15
Posted on 23 Nov 2011 by Justin Ruckman
In collaboration w/ Charlotte Magazine and writer Jeremy Markovich, two local filmmakers tell the story of a day in the life of Station 15, Charlotte’s busiest firehouse.
See more by Scott Lazes & Kevin Beaty of the Charlotte Video Project on their website. And catch them on Charlotte Talks this coming Tuesday.
“This is the busiest station in Charlotte. Some stations only get a call or two a day. This one averages thirteen.
Firefighters want calls. They want to do their job. They can’t predict when calls will come. They can guess. The final Friday of the month is always busy. It’s supposed to rain. That helps. Cold weather might lead to some fires. Tonight, the temperature is dropping fast. The final Friday is approaching. Something could happen.
Or, nothing could happen, and it often does. Fires don’t just happen of course, they’re the product of some kind of combustion, a frayed wire, ashes dropping from a cigarette, sizzling grease, a flick of a match. Something causes a fire.
It’s 10 p.m., and right now, something is causing a fire. The men inside Station 15 don’t know it. Yet. Right now, they’re bickering about the baseball game they’re not watching on TV.”