Mind-blowing Video: Firefighter Cam in Action

What happens when you augment a Detroit firefighter's helmet with a Contour HD helmet camera? Well, for starters you gain a new appreciation for the risks these brave men and women face, as well as destructive beauty of the flame. Check out this amazing footage from the upcoming documentary "BURN: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit." [vimeo http://vimeo.com/20654186]

Filmmaker Tom Putnam has set his sights pretty high on this project, aiming to capture a sense of Detroit's current struggle for survival in the wake of crime, foreclosures, poverty, white flight, racial strife and arson:

Once the proud center of the American industrial machine - its cars gleamed, its culture was rich, its future boundless. Now, it is an omen, a ghost of America's future. No one understands this better than the people literally putting out the fires, battling every day in an uncertain war. BURN is a character-driven documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroiters who are on the front lines, trying to rescue and rebuild it. BURN will follow the firefighters, the men and women charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. We'll also look at the educators, the reformers, the activists, the enthusiasts - those who have the vision and the heart to bring a forgotten American dream back to Detroit.

The filmmakers are still trying to shore up enough funding to complete the project. You can find out more at the official BURN website.

So there you have it! As always, you can find the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast on iTunes, Zune and the RSS feed. And don't forget the free HowStuffWorks iPhone App.

Skull still intact? Follow Robert and Julie for more mind-blowing science on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.