Meaghan Darwish I TV Insider
Fox's latest reality series, First Responders Live, brings viewers up-close and personal with everyday heroes providing top-notch health care to those in emergency situations.
Among those heroes is New Orleans native Ramon Cooper, who is front-and-center in the June 26 episode. TV Insider has your exclusive first look with a special clip introducing the paramedic and revealing a side of him outside of the uniform.
"What my grandmother told me was, 'Your hands are an instrument from God and if its that person's time then its that person’s time.' I'm working through him and if He gives me the skills, I could really do some good for these people and I just love the challenge," Cooper says of his passion as a first responder. But Cooper is more than just a care provider, he has another passion.
"The Coop behind the badge is a cool, laid back, chillin' rockstar," he explains, as he sits in recording studio. The reveal proves that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to our first responders around the country.
Caitlyn Hitt I Pop Culture Trending
Josh Elliott delivered an update after an ATV driver led police on a high-speed chase on the Fox reality show First Responders Live. The host told TMZ the man, who collided with a car on the ATV, is alive and well.
First Responders Live premiered on June 12. The first episode of the season featured the Baton Rouge, Louisiana incident involving the reckless ATV driver on the run from police, according to Elliott. The show's cameras tagged along with police and other first responders, giving viewers a glimpse into how they handled the crash and even cared for the driver.
Elliott said it wasn't initially part of the plan to embed with paramedics, calling it "dumb luck."
"What was interesting about it to was we were embedded, not just with the police officer who was a part of the chase there at the end, but we were also with the two paramedics who then showed up," Elliott told TMZ.
He shared with curious viewers that the man was on the mend following the crash. His recovery is due, for the most part, to the care of police and paramedics on the scene, Elliott told TMZ. Paramedics weren't initially on the scene, Elliott explained, so police sprang into action after the crash occurred.
He explained that once the crash occurred, the situation changed and became "life and death." Lucky for the crash victim, police knew what to do and calmly got to work saving his life. Elliott didn't reveal the extent of the man's injuries, but it sounded from his interview that it was pretty serious.
Richard Whittaker I Austin Chronicle
There’s an old saying in the news industry: If it bleeds, it leads. There are easy ratings in human tragedy and accidents, from the combination of voyeurism, morbid curiosity, and genuine compassion for people in need. But in the world of emergency medical services, if it bleeds, it’s someone who needs help.
So when Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services decided to take part in Fox Television’s latest ride-along reality show First Responders Live it wasn’t about vicarious thrills, but instead about highlighting the work of its staff – and what makes ATCEMS a model agency.
For medic Bob Luddy, being on TV is nothing new. A veteran of ATCEMS, he was one of the EMTs featured in the short-lived 2018 series Nightwatch Nation on A&E. When that was canceled, he thought his TV days were over, and he admits he initially wasn’t interested in appearing in First Responders Live – even though it was the same producers, 44 Blue Productions – but was convinced to try out and was cast again. “Something about me must be compelling to somebody, I guess,” he laughed.
Josh Elliott is here with some good news on the out-of-control ATV driver who led police on a wild chase that ended with him getting SMOKED by another car ... the dude somehow walked away alive!!!
The host of the new FOX reality series "First Responders Live" tells us the man recklessly riding around Baton Rouge and eluding cops before a super scary wreck is miraculously on the road to recovery ... and it's all thanks to the police and paramedics the show's TV cameras were embedded with.
Josh's new show premiered on FOX last Wednesday and it quickly proved why it's a raw, in-depth look at first responders ... because viewers were given front-row seats as a police chase turned into a horrifying car wreck in the blink of an eye, which Josh says illustrates the interplay between cops, firefighters and paramedics.
'FRL' embeds cameras in several cities across the country, documenting a night in the lives of the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect others.
Check out our clip ... Josh explains why dumb luck plays a key role in the show, and tells us how fortunate the ATV driver is to be alive.
Amanda Salinas I FOX 7 Austin
The host of the new FOX show talks about what we can expect from it.
Austin-Travis County EMS will be one of the agencies featured on the show. Good Day Austin anchor Dave Froehlich spoke to Captain Holly Craghead about being on the show earlier in the week.
Paul Milliken I Good Day Atlanta
NEW YORK (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The FOX hit “9-1-1” tells the stories of first responders and how they work together during some of the most dramatic emergencies imaginable. Now, a new FOX series will rip the curtain back on the real thing, showing firefighters, police officers, and EMS workers as they respond to calls. And we’ll be watching it happen in real-time.
“First Responders Live” is a new series premiering tonight on FOX and will follow first responders in several cities across the country as they handle real emergencies.
Journalist Josh Elliott will serve as host of the show and will offer live commentary along with a team of experts. But because the show is live, neither the host nor viewers will ever know exactly what’s going to happen each week.
“First Responders Live” is produced by Wolf Entertainment, which is headed up by famed “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf.
The show premieres Wednesday, and will air Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. here on FOX 5 Atlanta. But before you watch tonight’s first episode, click the video player above to check out our one-on-one interview with Josh Elliott.
A new unscripted TV series on Fox looks at the lives of firefighters, paramedics, police officers and other emergency workers in several U.S. cities.
"First Responders Live" airs at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday. The show is hosted by Josh Elliot and produced by "Chicago Fire" and "Law & Order" producer Dick Wolf's Wolf Entertainment.
"Each week, the show will embed cameras in multiple cities across the country, to document a night in the life of these units," a show description states. "Elliott will provide live analysis and commentary, with help from a team of experts, as the show follows first-person accounts of the action."
Some of the cities to be featured in the series include Baton Rouge, LA, and Charleston, SC.
“I have always been fascinated by the brave work of first responders, who face life-and-death decisions on a daily basis,” Wolf said in statement. “ 'First Responders Live' will give viewers a front row seat to paramedic, fire and police calls, and they will see the challenges of every type of emergency. It is truly the real-life version of ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Chicago PD’ and ‘Chicago Med.’"
Brittany Frederick I One Chicago Center
First Responders Live, produced by Dick Wolf and touted as a real-life version of One Chicago, begins tonight. Watch a preview of the series now.
Wolf has described the series as a reality TV equivalent to Chicago Med, Chicago Fireand Chicago Fire because it follows people doing the same jobs as the One Chicago characters. But they’re on the job for real.
“It is truly the real-life version of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med,” Wolf said when he announced the show last month.
The hour-long program has camera crews following first responders around the country, while a panel of commentators in the studio discusses their actions. FOX hasn’t revealed who will be on the panel, but former ESPN and Good Morning America personality Josh Elliott is the host.
Kevin McDonough I EMS 1
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Fox goes back to the future, by way of imitating cable, with the new series "First Responders Live" (9 p.m., TV-14). Produced by Dick Wolf of "Law & Order" fame, the series will offer live coverage of fire, police, EMTs and other first responders as they react to calls throughout the country. Every week, "First" will embed cameras and crews in a different set of cities.
Host Josh Elliott has worked at CBS News, ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC Sports. He was recently seen on National Geographic's "Yellowstone Live" production.
If "Live" sounds familiar, it's because of "PD Live," now in its third season on A&E.
"First Responders Live" also hearkens back to Fox's early history. Along with "Married With Children" and "The Simpsons," "COPS" was among the first series to create a distinctive identity for the fledgling network. A very early example of documentarylike "reality" TV, it is among the longest-running series in television history, airing on Fox from 1989 to 2013 before moving to Spike (now Paramount), where it can still be found.
Craig Sailor I The News Tribune
A Pierce County fire department will be one of the featured crews on a new reality TV show that premieres Wednesday on the Fox network.
TV viewers who can’t get enough of “Live PD” will now have a similar show, “First Responders Live,” to add to their viewing repertoire.
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue is the only fire department on the West Coast involved with the show, said Central Pierce spokesman Capt. Darrin Shaw.
“We’re super excited,” Shaw said. “It gives our community the chance to ride along with us every Wednesday at 9 o’clock.”
The Fox network show is executive-produced by Dick Wolf, creator of the “Law & Order” franchise, and hosted by Josh Elliott.
Although it’s not affiliated with “Live PD,” the new show appears to follow the same format of that wildly popular A&E network show.
In “First Responders,” camera crews follow firefighters, police officers, medics and other first responders, who, as publicity for the show puts it, “... put their own lives on the line as they race into danger to save others.”
Q13 News Staff I Q13 Fox
PARKLAND, Wash. -- A new show that premieres this week on Q13 Fox features first responders in action, and a local fire agency will be featured on the show's debut.
"First Responders Live" is unscripted, according to Fox, giving viewers an "unprecedented" up close and personal look at first responders as they make emergency calls across the country.
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue will be featured on the first show, which airs at 9 p.m on Wednesday, June 12.
"First of all, the crew is very professional," Central Pierce Fire Battalion Chief Duane Inglin says. "They’re here with us for a couple months. They get in the rigs. They respond on the calls. They’re taking the nation for a ride along ... Most of the time our men and women don’t realize they’re there."
Inglin says it's a good way to show the community the kind of challenges that firefighters and other first responders face on a daily basis.
"We show up to work … and love what we do … it gives people an idea of what we do day in and day out," Inglin says.
Neal McNamara I Patch
PUYALLUP, WA — You probably often see your local firefighters racing through town on their way to some emergency. But rarely to you ever get to actually watch them fight a fire or rescue someone from a car crash.
That's about to change.
Central Pierce Fire and Rescue will be featured on the premiere of the show "First Responders Live" on June 11. Like "Cops," the show tags along with real-life first responders as they work. The show will air on Q13 at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Central Battalion Chief Duane Inglin told Q13 that the "First Responders Live" film crew shadowed fire crews for several months, following along on all types of calls. Central Pierce serves Puyallup, Spanaway, Parkland, Midland, Elk Plain, Summit, and South Hill.
Adam Buckman I TVBlog
The definitions of simple words often seem malleable in the world of TV.
Take the use of the word “Live” in some TV show titles. In the title for the talk show “Live [with] Kelly and Ryan,” it is used correctly, since this show does indeed air live every day.
In fact, many such shows air live -- such as the network morning shows, for example -- and comparatively few bother to use the word “live” in their titles.
It can be a catchy word, however. In a title such as “First Responders Live,” a new summer reality series premiering Wednesday night on Fox, the word is used to imply immediacy and thereby heighten the potential for anything-can-happen drama.
On the show, real-life first responders such as EMTs and firefighters will be seen in action, but it is not a certainty they will be seen live. The show's “live” designation seems to refer to commentary and hosting to be provided by former network newsman Josh Elliott (seen in the photo above, right).
“Elliott will provide live analysis and commentary, with help from a team of experts, as the show follows first-person accounts of the action,” says a press release from Fox.
This would indicate that in addition to Elliott's commentary, plus observations from some sort of panel, perhaps some of the first responders who were involved in the action will also provide descriptions of what happened.
This doesn't mean the incidents will be live, however, even if this format seems to be -- ahem -- “borrowed” from the A&E show called “Live PD” in which police activities from a handful of smaller cities are shown live as they happen. The A&E show also has an in-studio panel and a host/anchor, Dan Abrams.
Fox's version of this scenario is from the king of prime-time cop and court shows, producer Dick Wolf, although most of his output over the years has been of the scripted variety. The “Law & Order” shows are the best-known of his series, but in recent years, he has been producing a series of scripted shows about cops and firefighters in Chicago.
“First Responders Live” seems to be an attempt at making a “real-life” version of those shows. Fox may also feel the show is compatible with “9-1-1,” the network's scripted series about first responders in Los Angeles starring Peter Krause (pictured above left).
Jennifer Maas I The Wrap
Are you a “9-1-1” fan hurting for more of the Ryan Murphy-created first-responder drama since it went on hiatus for the summer?
If the answer is yes, then Fox — the network behind “9-1-1” — has the cure for what ails you: “First Responders Live.” And TheWrap has an exclusive sneak peek of the new show, which is basically “9-1-1” but, you know, real and also live.
Here’s the official description for “First Responders Live,” per Fox: Hosted by Emmy Award-winning television journalist Josh Elliott, “First Responders Live” will provide a raw, in-depth look at the brave American heroes, including firefighters, police officers, EMS technicians and first responders, who put their own lives on the line as they race into danger to save others. Each week, the show will embed cameras in multiple cities across the country, to document a night in the life of these units. Elliott will provide live analysis and commentary, with help from a team of experts, as the show follows first-person accounts of the action.
The series is produced by Wolf Entertainment and 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. Wolf, Rasha Drachkovitch and Tom Thayer serve as executive producers.
Chris Harnick I E News
You've watched people play them on TV week after week, but now with Fox's First Responders Live, viewers get a front-row seat to what really happens with firefighters, police officers, EMS technicians and other first responders. These are people who put their own lives on the line day after day to save others.
In the exclusive First Responders Livepreview below, host Josh Elliott explains the premise of the new series.
"There are people who see all that could go wrong and decide, ‘I want to make it all right.' People who are running towards the problem, rather than away from it. They deserve, frankly, as deep an understand of what it is they do and why they do it as we can possibly communicate," Elliott says.
Dave Forehlich I FOX 7 Austin
AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - The new FOX show follows first responders as they answer emergency calls in real time and Austin-Travis County EMS will be one of the agencies that will be featured. Captain Holly Craghead has more info.
Two stars from the new FOX show 'First Responders Live' joined Good Day Chicago to discuss the upcoming series.
Adam Manno I Charleston City Paper
Five cameras will follow deputies from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office as they make traffic stops, respond to calls, and perform collateral duties for a new show on Fox.
First Responders Live will follow firefighters, police officers, and EMS technicians in various cities, according to a press release from Fox. The live, unscripted series will be hosted by former Good Morning America anchor Josh Elliott.
It premieres Wed. June 12 at 9 p.m.
"What’s unique about this show is that it also profiles some of the work [deputies] do," said CCSO spokesman Roger Antonio in an interview with the City Paper. "Some of it is personal, some of it is stuff they do on the side or collateral duties of the department, rather than just continuous work on the street."
First responders in Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, La.; and Lake County, Ind. will also be featured on the show, according to CCSO.
Melissa Crawley I The Florida Times-Union
From executive producer Dick Wolf comes “First Responders Live” (June 12, Fox, 9 p.m. ET). The unscripted series will embed cameras in multiple cities across the country to document a night in the life of firefighters, police officers, EMS technicians and first responders as they answer emergency calls. TV journalist Josh Elliott, along with a team of experts, will provide live analysis of the action.
Live 5 Web Staff I Live 5 News
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Set your DVR!
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is going to be featured on a new show similar to “Live PD."
It’s called First Responders Live and Lowcountry deputies will be on the premier episode on June 12 at 9 p.m. on FOX.
The show is hosted by Josh Elliot and will be in a Live PD format which includes raw live looks as agencies respond to emergency situations. It will also include live analysis and commentary.
Law enforcement from Austin, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana will also be featured on the first episode.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office will be featured in the premiere episode of a new live reality television show that follows firefighters, police officers, EMS technicians, and other first responders around the country.
The new show, First Responders Live, will debut on Wednesday, June 12th at 9 pm on FOX. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning television journalist Josh Elliott, the show will provide a "raw, in-depth look at the brave American heroes who put their own lives on the line as they race into danger to save others," FOX says.
Each week, the show will embed cameras in multiple cities across the country, to document a night in the life of these units. Elliott will provide live analysis and commentary, with help from a team of experts.
In addition to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, the episode will also follow first responders from Texas, Louisiana, Washington, Indiana, and more.
Gregory Yee I The Post and Courier
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office will be featured on a new television show on FOX, “First Responders Live.”
The show, which premieres at 9 p.m. June 12, promises a “raw, in-depth look” at firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians and others “who put their own lives on the line as they race into danger to save others,” according to the network.
Being featured on the show was an opportunity to magnify the community-building message the agency is already putting out on social media, said Capt. Roger Antonio, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office’s participation comes on the heels of multiple law enforcement agencies, such as the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, being featured recently on the popular show “Live PD.”
But “Live PD” in particular has faced stiff criticism from people who think the production plays upon racial stereotypes and exaggerates crime in South Carolina.
For Antonio and Sheriff’s Office leadership, FOX’s new show differs from programs like “Live PD.”
“First Responders Live” will include footage of deputies responding to calls but will also show the personal lives of deputies outside of work and provide a deeper portrait of the men and women of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Antonio said.
Drew Tripp I Charleston ABC News 4
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCIV) — The Charleston County Sheriff's Office will be featured in the premiere episode of a new live-action television show about law enforcement and public safety workers.
Premiering Wednesday, June 12, at 9 p.m. on FOX, the new show is called "First Responders Live."
The show will "provide a raw, in-depth look at the brave American heroes, including firefighters, police officers, EMS technicians and first responders, who put their own lives on the line as they race into danger to save others," according to a FOX network press release sent Friday morning.
Weekly episodes will see embedded camera crews broadcasting from several cities across the country, to show a night in the life of first responders.
Emmy Award-winning journalist Josh Elliott will host the show, and provide live analysis and commentary, with help from a team of experts, FOX says.
In addition to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, the premiere also will spotlight first responders from Texas, Louisiana, Washington and Indiana.
You can view the trailer for the new show in the YouTube video embedded below.