Bill will increase safety for FDNY on film sets across NYC after firefighter killed in 2018 (abc7ny.com)
NEW YORK — An agreement was reached Tuesday to protect firefighters with more safety on film sets throughout New York City
Eileen Davidson, the widow of a firefighter killed on a movie set in 2018, has pushed hard for the safety crackdown.
Michael Davidson, 37, was killed on the set of “Motherless Brooklyn” on March 23, 2018 in Harlem. When he and Engine Company 69 were called to the fire, they had no idea the building was not as it appeared.
False walls had been erected and flammable materials were brought on site. Davidson became separated from his team and ran out of air.
The pending legislation will protect future film locations and will require a fire safety director to be on set all the time, so if the layout is changed, responding firefighters will know before they go charging in.
Davidson and members of the FDNY were concerned that amendments proposed to the bill by the film industry would strip critical safety elements from it.