Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day 2

I spent my day in Saint Bernard Parish with District Chief Ronald Silva. The Chief was amazing about helping me get my project rolling. He drove me around the entire parish (that's county for everyone else) and showed me all the stations including the temporary ones working out of trailers, the sites of future ones and the sites of those that were destroyed. I met a number of firefighters including some that were very enthusiastic about being in my photos and I saw everything from a firefighter using a fire truck to water a baseball field to a car that had driven through a brick wall and into a convenience store. I also was fed boiled crab and crawfish for lunch by the guys at Engine 8, a delicious surprise.

I took some photos today but but I mostly used the day to familiarize myself with the area and the people. The firefighters work 24 on and 48 off which means those I met today will be on again Friday so I made plans to come back with my lighting equipment and make some real portraits. I also met the dispatcher and will return to photograph her - possibly Thursday.

I am entirely too tired to edit photos so look for them tomorrow.

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