"Firehouse" (A new NBC series)

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 how

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 will

actually 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


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 bond 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.

Rescue 4: Friday, July 19, 2002 on NBC (9-10 p.m. ET); Camden: Friday

July 26, 2002 on NBC (9-10 p.m. ET); Miami: Friday, August 2, 2002 on NBC

(9-10 p.m. ET); San Francisco: Friday, August 9, 2002 on NBC (9-10 p.m. ET);

Ladder 5: Friday, August 16, 2002