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Impressive British Army Attack Helicopter Apache display involving major pyrotechnics. This picture is a montage of 2 shots taken seconds apart - the flames actually passed in front of the helicopter.

A friend showed me an awesome sim..

 

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2020 sure isn’t letting up. California is now battling roughly 367 known fires. Today, I decided to drive down the coast and document what I could of the ‪#CZUAugustLightningComplex‬ fire. This fire is just north of Santa Cruz, is burning over 25,000 acres and growing with 0% containment so far. It was a day I won’t forgot.

 

On the lucky and semi-exciting side of being a photographer, I got to document my buddy and pilot friend @Jakelounsbury who use to fly me around SF and now fights fires, along with his co pilot @rlenzer.

 

On the not so lucky and not exciting side of things, knowing a friend probably lost his home in this very fire. That part was unsettling to say the least.

 

I was standing here in absolute awe, with a group of locals who were just evacuated, watching their land and homes burn away in the distance. Everyone was in decent spirits, but you could tell deep down how everyone was really feeling. Something I could not relate to, but I could definitely see it in them.

 

I started talking with a nice gentleman named Andy, who was a local Arborist and lived in the now burned valley for the past 12 years. He mentioned and pointed at his three trucks filled with everything he could grab. We sort of knew this fire was going to come at us eventually. So before I decided to leave the area and get out of everyone’s way, I offered to help him shuttle his trucks, as he seemed to be alone. One by one a few miles down the road we went so that he could at least get them parked further from this fire zone. I know I can’t stop the fire and save the day, but I also felt I didn’t just want to stand there and be that come and go tourist. I love this area and have explored this coast for the past 10 years as a photographer. Never have I seen it like this. I am praying for these fires to let up and of course 2020 to end.

 

Pictured is a Blackhawk H-60A+ Helicopter with a Bambi Max Bucket. Shots taken on August 19, 2020 near Whitehorse Canyon north of Davenport and the Santa Cruz area.

Photos by @tobyharriman.

 

#CZULightningComplex

Lafayette Fire Department

Lafayette, Louisiana

1998-1999 Pierce Lance 100' Platform

Lafayette Fire Department

Lafayette, Louisiana

2007-2017 Rosenbauer Maverick Custom Pumper

Castle Beach Fire Department has placed this Thermite RS3 firefighting robot in service. Shown with the removable plow assembly and positive pressure ventilator, the RS3 is one of the most advanced firefighting pieces the department has operated to date. Capable of being controlled up to 1500 ft away, the RS3 can assess dangerous situations and assist with extinguishing fires with the Elkhart Scorpion EXM2. The robot will be housed at Station 9 and will be transported by MVU9.

 

Technical specs:

Thermite RS3

Yanmar 3TNV88C 36.8 hp diesel engine

Removable plow assembly

Removable PPV ventilator capable of 9,200 cfm

20 hour runtime

2500 gpm Elkhart Scorpion EXM2 monitor

Track and vehicle cooling sprayers

  

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Inspired by Japanese animation, this avant-grade production paints a vibrant musical landscape, featuring bizarre characters, animated movements and an exhilarating fire twirling performance.

 

‘Heroes of the La-La Land’ was an amazing pyro performance - a part of the month long Singapore Arts Festival. The scene here is part of the grand finale when all the characters came together to fight and performed a perfectly choreographed ending to this great show.

 

This is also a handheld one second exposure. I am so glad I didn't have a flash or a tripod - I would have completely missed this shot and the previous one too.

 

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This one hit #3 on Explore!

 

Simei, Singapore

2006

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DB 101 047 with Euro City train No 22 from Vienna West to Dortmund main station in transit at Unter Purkersdorf (Lower Austria)

 

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Firefighters from several stations fight a fire

Nothing like training on the job.

Lafayette Fire Department

Lafayette, Louisiana

1998-1999 Pierce Dash 100' Platform

Lafayette Fire Department

Lafayette, Louisiana

2007-2017 Rosenbauer Maverick Custom Pumper

1998-1999 Pierce Lance 100' Platform

Milwaukee Fire Department

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

April 2019

Photo by Asher Heimermann/Incident Response

Greetings everyone! After a couple of months work I am proud to present my minifigure scale Zeta-class cargo shuttle.

 

“Manufactured by Telgorn Corporation with Sienar Fleet Systems, the Zeta-class shuttle carries a modular ‘interstellar orange’ cargo pod for versatility mounted on a 35.5m length frame.”

 

Ever since Rogue One introduced the design, the industrial mining tug aesthetic appealed to me. It has the kit-bashed sensibility that I love in Star Wars, so I set about a UCS sized build.

 

The lower cargo deck has space for troops and features a communications patch bay. I’m still working on finishing touches to the upper deck, but it houses the two seat command console and aft tech station.

 

The gearing mechanism from 10212 locks the wings upright. By simply lifting the top deck away I can adjust the angle if required. The wingspan measures 1.15m, so I have yet to find space to photograph the wings in flight mode!

 

During construction I used LDD for rapid prototyping. I still need to update the final build into the program, but the current ballpark is 4000 pieces.

 

The Rogue One ultimate visual guide and Battlefront Scarif DLC were invaluable for determining the proportions.

 

My personal technique for ‘minifigure scale’ is to calculate in-universe size against stud length. Small craft like speeders and skimmers skew towards 4.0s/m, starfighters 3.5s/m and large craft (e.g. UCS Slave 1 and Lambda shuttle) at 2.7s/m.

 

Therefore I aimed for 92s long and 75s high. The final model measures 88s (l) 70s (h) 48s (w) / 70cm (l) 56cm (h) 38cm (w).

 

Finally I threw together a Scarif landing pad for a diorama.

 

Hope you all like it!

 

Forbidden City Beijing China

I don't know much about the history of this image, other than it was in Granddad's collection and depicts firefighters from Shepshed Fire Station at an inter-station competition. The uniforms suggest it would not have been taken much after the mid-1970s.

 

On the subject of uniforms, it is interesting to see the all-black Cork and leather helmets, which persisted until the early 90s in some areas (albeit with a change in colour) and the presence of individual axes on each firefighter's belt.

 

The crew are demonstrating, presumably against the clock, their ability to set up a lightweight portable pump and suction system, to deliver water from ponds, streams, lakes or similar. Rural firefighting, such as in Leicestershire, would often entail securing water from such open sources.

 

Here in Victoria, we use a modern version of this with a metal strainer on the end to prevent debris entering the system. I suspect the modern suction hoses are a slightly larger too. The two firefighters with their backs to us appear to be securing a line to the hose, which is a practice that endures here.

 

I would note that their pump seems a great deal more sophisticated than the one I have used, in that it has instruments! Mind you, we tend to take our trucks, with their four wheel drive capacity, closer to the desired water source and use the truck pump to obtain water.

2020 sure isn’t letting up. California is now battling roughly 367 known fires. Today, I decided to drive down the coast and document what I could of the ‪#CZUAugustLightningComplex‬ fire. This fire is just north of Santa Cruz, is burning over 25,000 acres and growing with 0% containment so far. It was a day I won’t forgot.

 

On the lucky and semi-exciting side of being a photographer, I got to document my buddy and pilot friend @Jakelounsbury who use to fly me around SF and now fights fires, along with his co pilot @rlenzer.

 

On the not so lucky and not exciting side of things, knowing a friend probably lost his home in this very fire. That part was unsettling to say the least.

 

I was standing here in absolute awe, with a group of locals who were just evacuated, watching their land and homes burn away in the distance. Everyone was in decent spirits, but you could tell deep down how everyone was really feeling. Something I could not relate to, but I could definitely see it in them.

 

I started talking with a nice gentleman named Andy, who was a local Arborist and lived in the now burned valley for the past 12 years. He mentioned and pointed at his three trucks filled with everything he could grab. We sort of knew this fire was going to come at us eventually. So before I decided to leave the area and get out of everyone’s way, I offered to help him shuttle his trucks, as he seemed to be alone. One by one a few miles down the road we went so that he could at least get them parked further from this fire zone. I know I can’t stop the fire and save the day, but I also felt I didn’t just want to stand there and be that come and go tourist. I love this area and have explored this coast for the past 10 years as a photographer. Never have I seen it like this. I am praying for these fires to let up and of course 2020 to end.

 

Pictured is a Blackhawk H-60A+ Helicopter with a Bambi Max Bucket. Shots taken on August 19, 2020 near Whitehorse Canyon north of Davenport and the Santa Cruz area.

Photos by @tobyharriman.

 

#CZULightningComplex

Shand Mason fire-fighting equipment at the museum.

this is a simulator that can produce what is called a backdraft

 

It is used to teach firefighters to recognize the signs of a backdraft. I.E. the smoke color and movement as it is ocuring.

Variants can be equipped for waterbombing, SAR or surveillance missions.

A refilling waterbomber surprises a fisherman

 

ORANGE COUNTY, CA—Aerial firefighting units from Ventura County assist Orange County Fire Authority and U.S. Forestry Service in an effort to control a wildfire in Cleveland National Forest in eastern Orange County. As of noon pacific time, local televion news is reporting the blaze is completely out of control, despite efforts of firefighters from more than 15 agencies in four counties. An estimated 1,000 acres have been burned.

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