We’re teaming up with multi-award winning broadcaster UKTV to produce a UK first.
Cameras are already rolling for ‘Into the Fire’, due to be shown later this year on the Really channel. The documentary is being made by independent production company IMG.
Using pioneering, state-of-the-art technology the series will offer a unique look at what it’s really like to be a firefighter in Britain today, focusing solely on the work of West Midlands Fire Service.
The programme will be filmed almost entirely by our fire crews, using our revolutionary new helmet- and body-worn cameras. The helmet cameras are designed to withstand the extreme temperatures encountered in many blazes.
The ‘self-shot’ footage will be supported by powerful interviews with our teams who attend emergencies including fires, road traffic collisions and rescues. ‘Into the Fire’ will also feature our work keeping our communities and West Midlands busniesses safe, and take a look at the lives of firefighters away from the fire station.
Phil Loach, Chief Fire Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be working with UKTV, Really and IMG on this ground-breaking series. It is a fantastic opportunity to tell the story of a 21st century fire and rescue service, which is about so much more than responding to fires and traffic collisions. We’re very much looking forward to giving viewers a revealing insight into our work making the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier.”
The series was ordered by Really General Manager, Luke Hales, and UKTV Director of Commissioning, Richard Watsham. It is commissioned by Commissioning Editor Helen Nightingale for UKTV. The Series Producer for IMG is Nick Kenton and the Executive Producers are Helen Nightingale for UKTV and Bob Massie for IMG.
Luke Hales said: “This is the third factual commission in less than 12 months as we grow Really’s slate. We are committed to bringing our viewers original, home-grown content and we hope this show will push the boundaries of their perceptions of a modern-day UK firefighter.”
Helen Nightingale 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: “Firefighters are Britain’s everyday heroes but, until now, the only people who see the amazing work they do, especially in the very heart of fires, are their own crewmates. Viewers at home will be given a unique and captivating insight into the incredible bravery, skill, teamwork and compassion our firefighters display as they risk their lives to keep us all safe”.