There are 250,000 firefighters in France. They are called in whenever there is a catastrophe, a fire, or a road accident. Nicolas Moscara shared the lives of the firefighters at the Magnanville station house in the Yvelines region of France, a stone’s throw from one of the toughest neighborhoods of the Paris outskirts, Mantes La Jolie.
Using an innovative technique, the director followed the daily lives of Station Adjutant Erwan, who loves people, Staff Sergeant Stéphane who is living out his childhood dream, and Fabien, a second-generation fireman following in his father’s footsteps. These dedicated men consented to be equipped with minicams and let us into their lives as they battle the flames and intervene in the heat of the action. Cameras installed on helmets show us the emergencies that make up their daily routine. Home fires, suicides, road accidents, car fires… Despite their intensive training which teaches them to keep risks to a minimum, each year around fifteen of them die on the job.