The European premiere of a new film about Detroit firefighters is being sponsored by the UK Fire Brigades Union. BURN captures a year in the lives of Detroit firefighters who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.
Since 1950’s a vanishing industry has cut Detroit’s population in half from 1.8 million, leaving behind 80,000 abandoned structures, or kindling, as the firefighters call it. The result is a dying city with one of the highest arson rates in the world. BURN is about the men and women who risk their lives to battle those fires. Their equipment isn’t up to the job, and their pay is disgracefully low – a starting salary of $30,000 and they haven’t seen a raise in 10 years.