Two students and an instructor at the El Camino Fire Academy in Inglewood, Calif., prepare a building for a live-fire exercise. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
Two students and an instructor at the El Camino Fire Academy in Inglewood, Calif., prepare a building for a live-fire exercise.
Matt Taras, then a student at the El Camino Fire Academy, prepares a building for a live fire exercise. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
Matt Taras, then a student at the El Camino Fire Academy, prepares a building for a live fire exercise.
A student at the El Camino Fire Academy stands in a building used for live fire exercises.
A student at the El Camino Fire Academy stands in a building used for live fire exercises.

When I was the editor of Redondo Beach Patch, the Redondo Beach Fire Department invited me to participate in Fire Ops Day at the El Camino Fire Academy. The event gave members of the local media and city officials the opportunity to get a taste of the training firefighters go through; it ended with an exercise where participants could sit in a building that had been set on fire. (I chose not to participate in that part.)

The picture of the three firefighters is one of my favorite photographs. I took it using only manual settings on my Nikon D5100, and I could have sworn the firefighters were laughing at me because I kept adjusting the camera and taking a photo, then adjusting the camera settings again, then taking another photo, etc.

  • Project type: Photography
  • Customer/Employer: Redondo Beach Patch
  • Project Date: June 9, 2012
  • Website: http://redondobeach.patch.com