The first episode of ‘Into the Fire’, our very own TV series, will be broadcast tonight (Mon 8 Jan).
In a UK first, you can see and hear what our firefighters do when they respond to emergencies – thanks to state-of-the-art camera technology!
We’ve teamed up with multi-award winning broadcaster UKTV to produce two series of nine one-hour episodes.
They’ll also give an intriguing insight into our non-999 work and how we keep vulnerable people safe and businesses free from the devastation of fire.
‘Into the Fire’ has been made by independent production company IMG and will be broadcast on UKTV’s Really channel. It will also be available to view on demand on UKTV Play.
Phil Loach, our Chief Fire Officer, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with UKTV, Really and IMG on ‘Into the Fire’.
“Our role involves so much more than responding to fires and traffic collisions. We’re very much looking forward to giving viewers this unique insight into how we make the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier.”
The programme has been filmed almost entirely by our firefighters, using new helmet- and body-worn cameras. The helmet cameras can withstand the extreme temperatures encountered in many blazes, so viewers will literally see incidents from a firefighter’s point of view.
Helen Nightingale, Commissioning Editor for UKTV, said: “We are very excited to be bringing another extraordinary documentary series to Really which is becoming the go-to channel for compelling real-life stories.”
Bob Massie, Executive Producer Entertainment, Factual and Formats, IMG said: “Fortunately, West Midlands Fire Service were very enthusiastic about the concept for ‘Into the Fire’. Access TV series demand a lot of the organisations they follow, but we were asking the firefighters to film it themselves, too!
“Characters are the heart of any good documentary, because it’s people we all care about. Across the series, there are some genuine and heart-stopping displays of humanity, compassion, courage and professionalism from real women and men on the frontline of firefighting in the West Midlands.”
In Episode 1:
- the intense heat of a house fire pushes multiple fire crews to the limit as they battle an entire roof on fire, collapsing ceilings and dangerous pets
- as Birmingham’s Gay Pride takes place, just days after the Manchester Arena suicide bombing, crews are called to an explosive incident only a few miles from the city centre
- in West Bromwich, firefighters have a shift which spans everything from a fire in a drugs den to animal rescues
- and our Technical Rescue Unit is called to a car which has smashed into a sleeping family’s living room – putting the whole house at risk of collapse.
‘Into the Fire’ will be broadcast on Really (Freeview channel 17), Sky (155), Virgin Media (129) and Freesat (160).