Lloyd Mitchell photography on the scene of two working fires
Below are photos and videos of Buffalo firefighters at work during two box alarms. The first video and photos are from 1436 Michigan Avenue.
Engine 21 arrived on the scene of a double-wide two and a half story vacant structure with fire showing from second floor of Side Two. Due to the fire conditions and low water pressure, Battalion 56 withdrew companies and switched to defensive operations. Four extra engines and one extra truck were special-called to the scene.
The third video is from 76 Rich Street. Battalion 43 arrived on the scene of a fully-involved two and a half story structure. Companies faced a water supply problem in the beginning, and a collapse of the second floor.
Photos used are courtesy of Lloyd Mitchell photography, with permission.
Lloyd Mitchell is a freelance photographer whose photos of firefighters at work began as a change of pace. “I started taking photography classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the age of 15. The camp counselor thought I was good. The rest is history. I have worked with my community newspaper in Brooklyn for the last two summers. During the summer of my sophomore year, I wanted to work on a project different from things I had worked on during the school year. So I started to photograph firefighters. I would take portraits of them after jobs. I would drop the photos off to them. I didn’t expect the project to last two more summers.” “The project has been of fun. I’ve met a lot of amazing and down to earth people. My purpose of the project was I want people to understand what they go through on a daily tour. I have more of an artistic feeling to my images. I want my photos to tell an overall story. I don’t feel scared behind the lens. These people aren’t scared to run into a burning building.” You can follow Lloyd’s work here and at his photography website.