Firehouse (TV series)

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Cast of the series, 1974.
Starring James Drury
Michael Delano
Bill Overton
Scott Smith
Brad David
Richard Jaeckel
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Aaron Spelling
Leonard Goldberg
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Dick Berg Productions for the Stonehenge Company
Metromedia Producers Corporation
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release January 17 (1974-01-17) – August 1, 1974 (1974-08-01)

Firehouse is an American drama/adventure series that aired on ABC in early 1974. Somewhat derivative of Emergency! (a hit on rival network NBC at the time) and the recent best-selling book Report From Engine Co. 82 by FDNY fireman Dennis Smith, the series was set in Los Angeles at a small inner-city fire station. The five-man crew of Engine Company 23 was led by Captain Spike Ryerson, played by James Drury, fresh from his starring role of nine years on the western series The Virginian.


The series follows a 1973 ABC Movie of the Week of the same name, although veteran character actor Richard Jaeckel was the only notable cast member to appear in both the TV-movie and the series.

It aired back-to-back with Chopper One, an action-drama series about two police helicopter pilots for the fictional WCPD (see also S.W.A.T.). Both series only lasted a season of thirteen episodes each.


  • James Drury as Capt. Spike Ryerson
  • Richard Jaeckel as Hank Myers
  • Michael Delano as Sonny Caputo
  • Brad David as Billy Dalzell
  • Bill Overton as Cal Dakin
  • Scott Smith as Scotty Smith


Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
1-1 "Burst of Flame" January 17, 1974 Capt. Ryerson and his men race against time to save six people caught in an elevator in a blazing office building.
1-2 "Sentenced to Burn" January 24, 1974 After rescuing a man from a mudslide, Capt. Ryerson and his men fight a fire at a prison and several are taken hostage by the convicts.
1-3 "The Hottest Place in Town" January 31, 1974 Capt. Ryerson's men fight a devastating fire in a crowded new nightclub as well as the threat of rip-off artists in their own station house.
1-4 "Trapped" February 7, 1974 After saving a man's new dump truck from fire, Capt. Ryerson and his men rush to a tunnel project.
1-5 "Implosion" February 14, 1974 Capt. Ryerson and his men rescue a boy stuck in a heating duct, and then battle a spectacular oil refinery blaze.
1-6 "The Treasure" February 21, 1974 After saving a pregnant woman trapped by downed high tension wires, Capt. Ryerson and his men rush to an old decaying mansion which is ablaze.
1-7 "Strike, Spare and Burn" February 28, 1974 Capt. Ryerson and his men respond to a fire at an old theater building where a vault filled with explosive nitrate film threatens the entire neighborhood.
1-8 "Tide of Terror" March 7, 1974 After an ill-fated date with his girlfriend, Caputo joins his colleagues to help rescue a young woman trapped in swirling water under an ocean pier.
1-9 "No Way Out" March 14, 1974 Capt. Ryerson and his men save a boy from being buried alive, and also fight a potentially devastating fire in a laundry.
1-10 "A Gift for Grumper" March 21, 1974 Capt. Ryerson and his men struggle to save priceless art from a museum fire, not realizing that their friend, arson inspector "Grumper" Barkham is trapped in the blaze.
1-11 "Randall's Pride" March 28, 1974 Capt. Ryerson's men save a girl who has driven over a cliff after an argument with her boyfriend, then respond to a fire which is destroying a horse stable.
1-12 "The Watches of the Night" April 4, 1974 Capt. Ryerson's men battle a blaze in a slum apartment, then rescue partygoers at a top dress designer's first night celebration.
1-13 "False Alarm" April 11, 1974 Capt. Ryerson is hospitalized for a possible heart ailment, and his worried men are called upon to save a young man suffering from a drug overdose, as well as battle a blaze in a junk-filled garage.

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