Show Type: Adventure

First Telecast: January 17, 1974

Last Telecast: August 1, 1974

Broadcast History:

January 1974 August 1974, Thursday 8:30-9:00 on ABC


Captain Spike Ryerson..... James Drury

Hank Myers..... Richard Jaeckel

Sonny Caputo..... Michael Delano

Billy Dalzell..... Brad Davis

Cal Dakin..... Bill Overton

Scotty Smith..... Scott Smith


In 1972 a crudely written but true-to-life book titles Report From Engine Co. 82, whose author was a real-life fireman, shot to the top of the best-seller list. About a year and a half later, a crudely produced but hopefully true-to-life television series called Firehouse premiered on the ABC network. Was it coincidence? Where do you suppose TV producers find their inspirations?

James Drury portrayed the father figure to the young smoke-eaters of Engine Co. 23 in this action drama. They encountered various disasters and performed various rescues each week; one of the more interesting of these was a man in traction whose house was about to slide off a hill. The firemen couldn't get into his room to maneuver him out without setting off the tilting house. How did they get him out? Sorry, series canceled.