it would seem that this experience can be expressed in many ways, through many senses: the sweet smoky odor lingering in turnout gear hung to dry, the muffled sound of a fire’s force heard through a darkened hallway, or a nighttime street alive with pulsating color. A simple image in a drawing may not be able to fully capture the depth of the firefighting experience, but through accurate detail, vivid color, and the subjects of the drawings themselves, I hope that these works offer some tribute to all firefighters and the honorable service they provide.
– Mike Fredericks (Firefighter/Artist)
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By the Fire Service
Firefighter Mike Fredericks combines his interest in both art and the fire service with original detailed drawings which depict the pride and professionalism of the modern firefighter.
Station 7 Studios also offers other creative themes by exploring the artistry of the natural world and highlighting some of the personal dedications that artwork can provide.
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About the Artist
Mike Fredericks has been involved in the fire service for over 30 years as both a volunteer and career firefighter. He has held the positions of volunteer Training Officer, Career Shift Captain on both Engine and Truck companies, USAR Rescue Technician for Iowa Task Force 1, Honor Guard member, Fire Service Instructor, and retired in 2015 as the Chief of Training for the Cedar Rapids (IA) Fire Department.
Mike is still active in the volunteer fire service, is a member of the Iowa All-Hazards Incident Management Team, and is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Fire Science Program at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
He and his wife Katie reside on an acreage in rural Iowa where they raised their five children, including the designer of this site.
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