Last week I watched BURN, a documentary about the Detroit firefighters who put their life on the line daily in the interest of keeping their city from completely burning down. Having been to Detroit last Fall, I witnessed the immediacy of the problem poverty stricken residents face seeing arson as their only way out. It is not hidden. Arsoned homes and board ups line street after street, often beside well maintained homes living on a prayer.
It would be completely grim were it not for the hope and hard work of the many dedicated firefighters of the city. The documentary gives viewers insight as to the toll and sacrifice these people make daily putting themselves at risk to fight what appears an overwhelming battle. Underfunding, failing equipment, and a volume of fires beyond what is manageable means that firefighters are stretched beyond their limit.