PATERSON, NJ - While much of the talk about Paterson as a destination for production crews has centered around filmmaking and scripted television series, it was a proposal by Big Fish Entertainment to embed with the Paterson Fire Department for A&E’s “Live Rescue” series that won the support of the Paterson City Council on Tuesday.
Filming for the show that will feature Paterson’s Bravest at work is slated to begin almost immediately and will occur in two to three hour intervals over the course of eight to 12 weeks, according to documents provided to the governing body.
Referring to the show as an “unprecedented look at First Responders in America as never before seen on television,” the contract between the Big Fish Entertainment and the City of Paterson continues that the show has the “appearance of no editing and the feeling as if content is coming straight from the street to living rooms across America.”
“We know that when it comes to saving lives and performing other heroic acts there is no comparison to the Paterson Fire Department,” Mayor Andre Sayegh told TAPinto Paterson. “Through this show, the rest of America is going to see that also.”
Asked to give examples of what viewers might see Sayegh didn’t hesitate to mention a 2018 effort to extricate a dog from below the Great Falls and a recent fire on Madison Avenue that, despite the destruction of five homes, had no injuries reported because “our brave men and women put all of their skills and training to work swiftly.”
While reluctant to give specifics due to contractual obligations the filming doesn’t come without some financial gain for Paterson, Sayegh added. “The revenues this generates will be earmarked for improvements to local parks,” he said.
Kyle Hughes, President of Paterson FMBA Local 2, the union that represents the city’s rank and file firefighters, also gave his thumb’s up for the filming saying that he believes “it’s a great opportunity for people to see the courage, tenacity, and professionalism of one the best and busiest fire departments in the country.”
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