Lloyd Mitchell on the scene of two first-alarm jobs
Videos below are from fires on Wilson Street and Townsend Street in Buffalo on 10 June 2014.
â€œAs Division Chief Britzzalaro called in service from the fire at 204 Townsend St. He spotted a working fire at 212 Wilson St and requested the 1st alarm assignment for a fire in the rear. Buffalo Firefighters responded and used 2 1-3/4 hose lines. The fire was under control in 30 minutes. This was Buffalo’s second fire of the morning.â€
â€œBuffalo firefighters responded to their first structure fire of the night at 204 Townsend St. Engine 32 arrived first due and found a vacant well involved in fire. B 56 ordered crews to stay defensive on the structure. Ladder 5’s aerial pipe and Ladder 2’s tower ladder were placed in operation to knock down the fire. The first was under control in 45 minutes.â€
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 Lloydâ€™s work here and at his photography website.