911 Photography was created unofficially January 15, 2009. On that night, Steve Roth, grabbed his camera and headed up the road to see what was burning since the sky appeared to be full of smoke just east of his home. He arrived to find a working commercial building fire in the Flooring Outlaw building, a local flooring supply distributor. As a self proclaimed “retired” fireman, he went to work doing a complete 360 walk around searching out the fire and getting ready to shoot the incoming apparatus as they arrived. Several hours and a few hundred fire ground pictures later, he took up and went home to get dry clothing. Days later, the requests began coming in for his pictures of the big fire. Steve, being a man who loves money, saw a opportunity to put three of his life-long loves in life together, firefighting, photography and money. April 2009, 911 Photography’s first webpage went online with nothing more than a picture hosting site.
911 Photography staff and contributing photographers learn about and respond to emergencies by listening to portable scanners or apps on their mobile devises. Most of our staff and contributors are volunteer or career firefighters. We try to cover as many emergencies as possible. Having photographers located in several counties in south central Pennsylvania, northern Maryland and even as far south as Florida, we try to bring you, our loyal followers a wide variety of fire ground action.
911 Photography provides several other services as well. One being, we provide images files free of charge to responding departments of incidents we photograph. The fire departments all have websites, and we have become their supplier of action shots. In return, a link to 911 Photography’s website is provided on their sites to the gallery of their incident. Other events we photograph include training classes, parades, conventions and even fund raising sporting events.
911 Photography is now offering portraits of emergency workers, POLICE, FIRE and EMS included. Everyone likes a formal print for the wall, we provide those as well. They make great gift ideas for family members.
As of January 15, 2014, we will celebrate our five year anniversary. 911 Photography has had over six million picture views on our Smug Mug page and over 35,000 visitors to our main website. Our photos have been viewed by visitors in every state of the United States and by over 27 countries around the world. We maintain a Face Book and Twitter pages to keep our loyal followers up to date on our coverage of incidents. We have been published on several nationally recognized fire department related blogs and websites such as Statter911, Fire Geezer and 1stResponder. We are also a major contributor to local media outlets such as newspapers and new stations locally.
We would like to thank each and every one of you for continued support of our 911 Photography website. We look forward to continuing to bring amazing fire ground images for years to come.
Respectfully 911 Photography Staff