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From left: Bill Overton, James Drury, Brad David (in back), Richard Jaeckel (in front), Michael DeLano
StarringJames Drury
Michael Delano
Bill Overton
Scott Smith
Brad David
Richard Jaeckel
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producersAaron Spelling
Leonard Goldberg
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesDick Berg Productions for the Stonehenge Company
Metromedia Producers Corporation
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJanuary 17 (1974-01-17) –
April 11, 1974 (1974-04-11)

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, and ran only thirteen episodes.[citation needed]



No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Burst of Flame"January 17, 1974 (1974-01-17)
Capt. Ryerson and his men race against time to save six people caught in an elevator in a blazing office building.
2"Sentenced to Burn"January 24, 1974 (1974-01-24)
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.
3"The Hottest Place in Town"January 31, 1974 (1974-01-31)
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.
4"Trapped"February 7, 1974 (1974-02-07)
After saving a man's new dump truck from fire, Capt. Ryerson and his men rush to a tunnel project.
5"Implosion"February 14, 1974 (1974-02-14)
Capt. Ryerson and his men rescue a boy stuck in a heating duct, and then battle a spectacular oil refinery blaze.
6"The Treasure"February 21, 1974 (1974-02-21)
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.
7"Strike, Spare and Burn"February 28, 1974 (1974-02-28)
Capt. Ryerson and his men respond to a fire at an old theater building where a vault filled with potentially explosive nitrate film threatens the entire neighborhood.
8"Tide of Terror"March 7, 1974 (1974-03-07)
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.
9"No Way Out"March 14, 1974 (1974-03-14)
Capt. Ryerson and his men save a boy from being buried alive, and also fight a potentially devastating fire in a laundry.
10"A Gift for Grumper"March 21, 1974 (1974-03-21)
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.
11"Randall's Pride"March 28, 1974 (1974-03-28)
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.
12"The Watches of the Night"April 4, 1974 (1974-04-04)
Capt. Ryerson's men battle a blaze in a slum apartment, then rescue partygoers at a top dress designer's first night celebration.
13"False Alarm"April 11, 1974 (1974-04-11)
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.