Published: July 11, 2002

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NEW YORK — July 19th, 2002 — NBC News will launch its five-part series, “Firehouse.” Produced by “Dateline NBC” and hosted by NBC News anchor Brian Williams, “Firehouse” takes viewers not only into dangerous fires but also into the personal stories of the men and women who risk their lives every day to protect others. Shot with small, handheld cameras over the course of seven months, and narrated by the firefighters in their own words, “Firehouse” is a remarkable, inside look at America’s Bravest — how they live and why they do what they do.

Williams, a former volunteer firefighter himself, introduces the series as it follows the lives of the men and women in five cities across the country who face trauma and even death on a daily basis. In many cases, thanks to specially designed, small cameras worn by firefighters, viewers can go into burning buildings, and experience the smoke, flames and disorientation right alongside the firefighters.

* RESCUE 4, set in a New York City firehouse, begins the series on July 19th. An elite fire company located in Queens, NY, Rescue 4 has some of the best-trained firefighters in the world. Over the past year, the company has shown extraordinary courage and endured extraordinary loss. The hour takes viewers back to a fire on Father’s Day, 2001, that killed three firefighters; into the events of September 11; and to the scene of the crash of American Airlines Flt. 587 just two months later. We witness the heroism, camaraderie, and heart that bonds their brotherhood so tightly.

* CAMDEN will air on Friday, July 26th and offers an inside look at what it takes to become a firefighter in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the U.S. Viewers will go with firefighters as they search a burning building for a small boy feared trapped and as they fight other fires, but the hour centers on the story of one young woman as she becomes one of Camden, New Jersey’s first two female firefighters. We follow her as she struggles for acceptance in an all-male firehouse, and ultimately realizes a dream denied her father.

* MIAMI airs on Friday, August 2nd and introduces viewers to the team of firefighters at Rescue 52 in Miami, Florida. Our cameras ride along not only as firefighters battle blazes but also as they respond to medical emergencies as trained paramedics. The show focuses on a rookie lieutenant and a firefighter’s daughter who honors her father’s memory by following in his footsteps.

* SAN FRANCISCO airs August 9th. NBC News producers lived 24 hours a day for two months at a busy firehouse with the men and woman who protect the lives and property of the people of San Francisco. As firefighters battle one ultimately fatal fire, the point of view inside the raging blaze is nothing like in the movies, as the firefighters search for victims in smoke so thick they can’t see their hands in front of their faces.

* LADDER 5 airing August 16th wraps up the series with an emotional look at one New York City firefighter’s literal baptism by fire. In footage shot eight years ago for a Dateline story, we meet a young rookie and follow his journey as a fatal fire in 1994 and the events of September 11 mold him into a veteran today.

David Corvo is the executive producer of “Dateline NBC.” Marc Rosenwasser is the executive Editor. Adam Gorfain is the senior broadcast producer of the Firehouse series.

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