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ABOUT THE FILM
It’s not what stands in front of you… it’s who stands beside you. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the nation. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.
THE GRANITE MOUNTAIN HOTSHOTS
The real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots were the first municipally funded team of hotshot firefighters in the U.S., certified in 2008 and led by Eric Marsh. The Granite Mountain Hotshots developed a reputation for competence and willingness during their six years of operation.
The tragic Yarnell Hill Fire was ignited by a lightning strike in June 2013. The gusty winds changed course, twisting and rotating the fire’s progress. Brendan McDonough, who was the lookout for the Granite Mountain Hotshots that day, radio-ed his crew captain about the winds. When the fire advanced onto his prearranged trigger point, he alerted his crew and retreated down the mountain.
Superintendent Eric Marsh guided his crew accordingly, switching their movement away from one safe black zone towards a different safe black zone. Marsh’s radio communication grew spotty; then, with unpredictable winds now sweeping in at gale force and flames running wild, the Granite Mountain crew’s escape route was suddenly cut off. Caught in a freak inferno, they deployed their fire shelters.
It was the greatest loss of firefighters in the United States since 9/11. At the memorial service, Vice President Joe Biden stated, “All men are created equal and then some become firefighters.” The Granite Mountain Hotshots crew was discontinued after the 2013 tragedy.