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, helped 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watched the transformation from our amateur photo website into a professional source of images, training material, and historical reference. For those that have been with us on this journey since the beginning, we sincerely thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts.
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 scanners are running 24 hours a day, we roll when the tones go out day or night, sunshine, rain, blizzard… then go to work the next day without much or even any sleep. It is our passion and we would not trade it for the world. Our priority is not to sensationalize stories for ratings, but to highlight the brave actions of first responders who we document. We do not want responders to worry about what we will be reporting when they see our cameras out. Although we are not bound by HIPAA, we chose to respect patient privacy which has unfortunately limited our photos of EMS professionals in the field.
5280Fire was originally started by Eric Hurst. His dedication and long hours invested into this website made 5280Fire what it is today. In 2017, 5280Fire was taken over by Rick Luebke, a long time photographer that has been with 5280Fire since the beginning.
5280Fire’s operating budget is $0.00 and our annual expenditures exceed over $5,000 without factoring in capital improvements. These costs are incurred completely by our dedicated volunteers. Occasional photograph sales or generous donations from local IAFFs have helped offset some of these expenses in the past. While we strive to get everything that we can, we are only able to volunteer the time that we have and have other responsibilities outside of 5280Fire. Our photographers have to pay for their our own equipment and gas when responding to calls. Please understand that we will not be able to get photos of every single incident or be able to frequently visit all departments due to the availability of our volunteers.
In 2017, the 5280Fire website was move to an simpler photography website as an attempt to reduce operating costs. The photography website was unfortunately more difficult to navigate and had less content so it was decided to return to a blog like format which has created the current website that you see today. The current version of the website was started in September of 2017 and was launched on April 30th, 2018 to return to the classic 5280Fire feel that was loved by many. The website has taken many hours, long days, and late nights to create with research on old and new photographs and historical information conducted by our dedicated volunteers and contributors.
We hope you enjoy the hard work we have put into 5280Fire and we thank you for all of your support!
If you are interested in contributing to our website as a volunteer, please contact us.