5280Fire established in August of 2008 and started out with a collaborative effort of a small group of metro area fire buffs that made the decision to collaborate their photography work into a blog for firefighters to enjoy. We could not have imagined then what 5280Fire has become today, our supporters have been loyal since the very beginning and help spread the word about us, and watched the transformation from our amateur photo website into a professional source of images, training material and historical reference. Others have discovered us more recently and may not know that we are a 100% volunteer group.
We share the kind of dedication that first responders can understand, our radios are running 24 hours and we roll when the tones go out day or night, sunshine, rain, blizzard… than go to work the next day without any or much sleep. It’s our passion and we would not trade it for the world. 5280Fire was originally started back in the mid 2009 by Eric Hurst, his dedication with the long hours to capture what 5280Fire is today. In 2017 5280Fire was taken over by Rick Luebke, long time photographer that has been with 5280Fire since the start.
5280Fire’s operation budget is $0.00 and our annual expenditures exceed over $5,000 without factoring in capital improvement. These costs are incurred completely by our dedicated volunteers. Occasional photo sales or generous donations from local IAFF’s have helped offset some of these expenses in the past. We do not solicit donations because there are important organizations with vital missions that are far more deserving. Our priority is not to sensationalize stories for ratings but to highlight the brave actions of first responders who we document. We don’t want responders to worry about what we’ll be reporting when they see our cameras out. Although we are not bound by HIPAA we chose to respect patient privacy, which has limited our photos of EMS professionals in the field.
The 5280Fire site was move to a more easy photo site back in 2017 but with a not to easy navigation and less content it was decided to go back to a blog like format, and the new website today reflects that. This new website started back in September of 2017 and was launched on April 30th, 2018 going back to a classic 5280Fire format that was loved by many. The new website has taken many hours and hours, late nights and long days to do, with research on old and new photos, historical information that was done with the dedication of other volunteers and contributors that have helped out with additional long hours. We hope you enjoy 5280fire, and we thank you for all of your support.
Remember, 5280Fire photographers are not paid, we are all volunteer and have other jobs, and when we respond to incidents our photographers have to pay for their our own equipment and gas when responding to calls. So remember, we may not be able to get every incident.
If you are interested in helping us out on the site with contributing and, or as a photographer, please contact us.