Larkspur Volunteer Fireman Jim Niven was following in his father George's footsteps when he shot the re-enactment film titled "Going on a Call" in 1963. Jim and his father George were amateur filmmakers, using 16mm equipment and film. Back then editing was done by "cutting and splicing" the film with tape, rather than using software today. Jim even edited in some actual fire footage from another day to make the response appear seamless.
As previously posted, Jim was tragically killed while responding to a reported structure fire in 1978 in Larkspur. This 3-minute film footage is classic, and serves to remind us of Jim and his many contributions. See this film on the Larkspur FD history page under the current departments menu.
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