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Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 1 August 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Piles of hoses that have frozen solid are piled up to be carted away .

PENTAX K200D 1/30 second F/5.0 ISO 1600 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Just wonder how's the weather up there? Now in summer I mean.. Nice catch!

1 Aug 2011 5:34am

@Riccardo: Thank you very much Riccardo! During our summer temperatures can get quite hot (35C to 40C) however our season is very short. ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France


1 Aug 2011 6:21am

@PATRICK: Merci beaucoup Patrick! ;-)

Kat from Lorraine, France

Il faisait si froid que la glace a vite pris dans ces tuyaux ! lui aussi doit avoir bien froid et hâte de rentrer chez lui !
bonne semaine à toi Eric :) Kat

1 Aug 2011 6:45am

@Kat: Merci Kat beaucoup! Oui, ce jour-là il était-37C afin que l'eau provenant des tuyaux ont gelé pratiquement au contact. Certains de ces pompiers ont dû se replier sur leurs véhicules et changer leurs vêtements parce qu'ils étaient tellement recouvert d'glace ..... ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

The work is not over yet. The report to the end.

1 Aug 2011 8:04am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful capture..

1 Aug 2011 8:51am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! ;-)

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

A lot of work to be done till the very end...great series, Eric!

1 Aug 2011 9:24am

@Anne: Thank you very much Anne! ;-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Despite the fire, I see the guy is frosted over himself ! You sure done a good photo-job on this, Eric.

1 Aug 2011 10:03am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you very much Ronnie! Yes, at these temperatures the water spray freezes on contact. On larger fires these firemen often have to change cloths because of the additional weight of the ice...... ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb and strong photo !

1 Aug 2011 10:12am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

such strenuous work ... you have captured this event so beautifully - showing what it is truly like to be a firefighter - well done!!!

1 Aug 2011 11:09am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thank you very much Sharon! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot - fire and ice to contend with!

1 Aug 2011 11:11am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! Yes indeed, ice is no friend to the firemen! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Mike remembers this well ... ice is no friend of the firefighters.

One time the ladder truck's extended ladder became so coated with ice, they had to let it sit for several days to thaw before they could retract it.

1 Aug 2011 11:26am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Yes, several of these firefighters had to retreat to their service bus and change into new clothing because of the weight of the ice on their clothes...... ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Poor hoses frost. and poor firefighters also be suffering from cold and is off nowWhat fire ... I like the image. It has charm! A hug, Adela

1 Aug 2011 11:45am

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! The snow and ice definitely add a level of complexity to their job! ;-)

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Interesting problem to have. I'm sure it must be frustrating for the firefighters ^^

1 Aug 2011 11:57am

@kitty: Thank you very much Kitty! Definitely frustrating and dangerous!! ;-)

Ahmad from Isfahan, Afghanistan

nice shot !

1 Aug 2011 12:10pm

@Ahmad: Thank you very much Ahmad! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Excuse me asking Eric, but what caused all of the red marks in the snow? Is it from the hose lines?

1 Aug 2011 12:11pm

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! No I think this is the reflection from the emergency lights ...... ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, I never thought about the hoses freezing. This has been a very informative series Eric, and I love the motion you captured in the hands.

1 Aug 2011 1:42pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! Yes, as soon as the high pressure water stream stops these hoses freeze solid! ;-)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

great close-up look at the work of this "hero".

1 Aug 2011 2:02pm

@Roman: Thank you very much Roman! ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

Applause to the Fire Department!!! And to you, too, Eric, for the series that paid tribute to the FD!

1 Aug 2011 2:06pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! You are most kind! ;-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I have been gone for a few days, but I see that even after the fire is out the work is not done!

1 Aug 2011 2:26pm

@Tracy: Thank you very much Tracy! Yes, this is particularly the case in winter..... ;-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Super compo et iamge de ce pompoier ils ont bien du courage dan sla neige de traviller et sauver des vies, très bel hommage.

1 Aug 2011 2:29pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou! Oui, ces braves hommes et femmes fournissent un service inestimable à notre communinites. ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful capture. Frozen hoses to fight fire ... A real challenge ... Well done, Eric! :)

1 Aug 2011 2:48pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, that's an aspect of fire fighting in the snow that never occurred to me. Great shot!

1 Aug 2011 3:05pm

@Bettina: Thank you very much Bettina! Yes, these temperatures make it very difficult to maintain gear in working order! ;-)

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Hi, Eric! Very nice to see your new interesting series about these brave people and about their difficult and I would say, heroic profession. And in this picture is difficult to say who is more frozen - firefighter or hoses!

1 Aug 2011 3:15pm

@Oleg: Thank you very much Oleg! Yes, both are suffering from the effects of the weather! ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

FIre and Ice... Great portrait of this hero again Eric ! Have a lovely day :)

1 Aug 2011 3:32pm

@Tamara: Thank you very much Tamara! ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow, what an exhausting task, love all the aspects that you documented, nice shot!

1 Aug 2011 3:51pm

@RBL: Thank you very much Ruthie! Yes, there is definitely more to it than meets the eye! ;-)

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Nice fireman portrait.

1 Aug 2011 6:30pm

@Tomek: Thank you very much Tomek! ;-)

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

how it is possible for firefighters to get frozen ? ha ha Cool shot Eric !

1 Aug 2011 6:33pm

@Mariana M.: Thank you very much Mariana! Yes, it seems to be a bit of a conundrum; but true none the less!!! ;-)

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

The heroes are not cold at eyes.

1 Aug 2011 7:21pm

@Olivier: Thank you very much Olivier! I am sure they were glad to get back to the station to warm up! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Oh là là ... avec ce froid, quelle condition pénible de travail.
Des hommes très forts.
Un magnifique reportage Eric. Merci.
Bonne soirée.

1 Aug 2011 8:03pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! Oui, dans ces conditions extrêmes, les conditions météorologiques peuvent être tout aussi dangereux que le feu lui-même. Soin de leurs équipements et la capacité de sortir du froid pour se sécher et se réchauffer sont essentiels à leur réussite .... ;-)

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

been a great series, still enjoying it. amazed at the work load. even when the fire is out it's not over.

1 Aug 2011 8:05pm

@Ainsley: Thank you very much Ainsley! Yes, the clean up after the fire is extinguished still requires a lot of work! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! That is really amazing. I am sure those frozen hoses are heavy. Great shot!

1 Aug 2011 8:38pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! Yes, heavy and awkward!! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

It would never have occurred to me that this could be an occupational hazard of fighting fires in Canada's winter season. Well seen Eric.

1 Aug 2011 8:59pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! Must be all that sun in South Florida that has given you a jaded view of winter! ;-)))))

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice capture.

2 Aug 2011 2:06am

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much Ralph! ;-)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

This is wonderful, it looks like old bent piping. Amazing capture.

2 Aug 2011 2:10am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much Phil! Yes, and just about as pliable!! ;-)

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

Eric, Great story telling. Started with the action and continuing with solid reaction.

2 Aug 2011 3:36am

@dean musgrove: Thank you very much Dean! ;-)

Bill Brown from California, United States

Wonderful capture!

2 Aug 2011 4:22am

@Bill Brown: Thank you very much Bill! ;-)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

How do they get them unfrozen?

2 Aug 2011 4:47am

@GJC: Thank you very much GJC! They need to be brought into a warehouse and left to thaw...... ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A by-product of those Canadian winters, I guess. A great shot.

3 Aug 2011 2:53am

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! Yes indeed!!! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Now...that's a long piece of must be congratulated for taking all these shots at -37 deg.C! I wouldn't have stayed outside at such temperature.....

11 Aug 2011 12:10pm

Darío from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Awesome document!

24 Jan 2012 2:18pm

@Darío: Thank you very much Dario and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon! ;-)

1/30 second
ISO 1600
225 mm (35mm equiv.)