My name is Steve Smith or more affectionately know as "Smitty". I've been involved with photography ever since I was a kid and my first camera was a Kodak 110 camera. I grew up the small town of Ontario, in New York outside of Rochester.
With that first camera, I would take pictures of the local volunteer fire department (Ontario Fire Company). I would take pictures of apparatus rushing to incidents or in parades as the parade route went right past the house. When I was old enough, I would make my way to incidents and take photos of fire and other emergency scenes. I started my fire service career as a fire explorer in Post #739 with OFC and then joined as a volunteer firefighter on August 8, 1988. I spent about 6 years with them until I went off to college. I was also a member of the Protectives aka "Buckets" with the Rochester Fire Department for 2 years.
I obtained my AAS in Fire Protection Technology from Monroe Community College. During that time I was blessed to have a year long internship with the Eastman Kodak Company, Kodak Park Fire Department. Eventually I moved to Oklahoma to obtain my BS from Oklahoma State University. During my time at OSU, I held internships for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Tulsa FIre Department and Fort Worth Fire Department.
After graduation I took a job as a sprinkler designer in Dallas, Tx. Deciding the private sector wasn't my thing, I took a position with the Building Department in the City of Dallas, After a few years of growth with that position, I moved to Colorado Springs and took a position with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
That was in 2001 and I am still with the CSFD. It's with CSFD that my fire photography resurfaced in my life. Most of the galleries here are of the brave men and women of the CSFD. Slowly though, I am adding galleries from images of my past. You'll also find some non-fire images here and there as I branch out with my photography. I held the positions of Colorado State Coordinator and Region 6 Coordinator with the International Fire Photographers Association.
The future of fire photography looks bright as I am working on creating/establishing the Rocky Mountain Fire Photographers Association. This association will be comprised of individuals that share the same passion for not just photography, but fire photography. I am also concentrating on making photography a more important role in my life. So stay tuned for the latest.
I am married to a wonderful and beautiful woman, and have a son, daughter and family dog.
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