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Step 5 - Production

Once the producer and sponsoring agency have signed an agreement and the necessary permits have been obtained, the sponsoring agency, the producer and the hosting unit will work out a production schedule and filming can begin.

Most federal agencies will assign a public affairs officer as a liaison to a filming project. This person will help resolve logistical issues, assure that the hosting unit and the production crew work in accord with the agreement, and arrancge an escort for production personnel to the fireline. Qualified fireline escorts to members of the media are required by interagency policy, and escorts can actually make your job easier.

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