Wildland Firefighting Training at the Hinton Training Centre

Posted by ryanjackson on Apr 29, 2010 in photos, video

Wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. Recruits learn to rappel from helicopters into the brush, find water sources and put out wildfires. Video by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal

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Tim Denbok, left, and Alan Huber run water hose through the woods during a timed hose and pump exercise for wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Alan Huber runs water hose through the woods during a timed hose and pump exercise for wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Students wait to start their pump and hose exercises during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Patrick O’Callaghan does pushups as punishment after making a mistake during rappelling exercises in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. Students practice on a tower used to simulate rappelling from a helicopter into a forest during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Students wait to start their pump and hose exercises during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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A student rappels from a helicopter during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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Students wait to start their pump and hose exercises during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

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A student rappels from a helicopter during wildland firefighting training at the Hinton Training Centre run by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development in Hinton, Alta. on April 23, 2010. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal).

This was a really fun assignment and my first time using the 5D Mark-II in the field on a news assignment. The entire video was shot with the 5D Mark-II, 16-35L, 70-200 f2.8 and a 4-stop ND filter. For sound I placed an Olympus LS-10 in each person’s front pocket. I used the Final CutPro plug-in Plural Eyes to automatically sync the audio tracks. HUGE time saver.

Finally, the picture above of the guy doing push-ups as well as the fish-eye shot are both frame grabs from video. Can you tell?

You can read the story here.

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