Brittany Frederick I Fansided
What goes into Dick Wolf’s reality series First Responders Live? Executive producer Rasha Drachkovitch gives viewers an inside look at the FOX show.
The series gives fans an up close and personal look at these heroes, but it also takes a lot to make—so we spoke to Rasha Drachkovitch, one of the show’s executive producers, to get the inside scoop on production.
Rasha discussed working with Dick Wolf, if the producers had ever considered following units in New York or Chicago as a tie-in to the Law & Order and One Chicago franchises, and answered the question about if the show is legitimately live.
Learn more in our interview below, then don’t miss a new First Responders Live episode tonight at 9 p.m. ET live on FOX!
One Chicago Center: Can you explain the genesis of First Responders Live?
Rasha Drachkovitch: The appeal was being a fan of live TV and sharing real, non-scripted stories about real heroes. Shows that have followed law enforcement agencies across the country, like Live PD, kind of pioneered the format. We’re doing it on a larger level for the first time, including fire and EMS in a live model, which is super-exciting for us. To partner with Dick Wolf, who is a legend and all about building up heroes, was a perfect match.
How involved is Dick Wolf with the series?
He’s very involved considering his schedule and that his programming makes up a substantial portion of network television. The notion of “heroes” is in his DNA and the theme of most of the shows he’s done.
When he first visited the set of First Responders Live and we showed him all the monitors and the live feeds, he was fascinated with the technology part of the live process and that viewers would be able to see, in real time, the first responders that inspire the show. He just thought it was spectacular. Dick’s very engaged, very involved and it’s been a huge positive.
He’s given us notes on some of the episodes, including recognizing stories surrounding some of the featured first responders. We created the “Hero Package” [features] to supplement the series so it has depth and not just action. The packages highlight individual responders up close and personal and share their backstories; Dick loves those. These packages show what’s behind the badge, and why an individual first responder chose this profession.
Was there any talk of First Responders Live following people in Chicago to tie in with his One Chicago series, or New York as a tie-in to Law & Order?
Totally. Dick Wolf has such a footprint in those cities. But what it comes down to with First Responders Live is access. The natural thought would be that there is more action in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, and while they would be great for filming in some ways, the challenge is that they’re too big.
We chose American cities that are manageable in size and represent the country as a whole, yet they still have the same volume of calls as the larger cities. We’re covering the country from the West Coast all the way to Charleston and Yonkers on the East Coast, with Baton Rouge, Charleston, Lake County [and] Austin in between.
What’s your experience working with the cities featured on First Responders Live? We’ve seen with Live PD how there can be difficulties.
It’s been really great. These cities see the value of First Responders Live because it gives their first responders a chance to shine. We’re in seven cities with eight agencies now and those cities can’t wait for Tuesday night because they’re on stage for the world to see.
A nice bonus is getting a dozen calls from other agencies across the country saying, “Hey, can we be featured in the future, because we see the benefits of a show like this,” so it’s been really a great ride. The response from the first responders community has been fantastic and it’s great to have other groups wanting to come aboard.
Yours is the only series airing on broadcast TV. Has being on FOX given you a larger platform?
We were so excited when we started talking with FOX because it’s home to landmark shows in this genre. With Cops and America’s Most Wanted, FOX has hosted pretty legendary television, so the fact that First Responders Live is the next incarnation really got us excited.
With the scheduling we have right now, we lead into news across the country, so that’s been a really nice hemisphere of having a show that has a lot of stories. Just having the weight of such a huge network and their promotion team to believe in a series like this; FOX really wanted to do a show that honors first responders. It’s a huge bar for us to hit each week, but at the same time, it’s a fantastic relationship and great to be with a major network.
There’s been some speculation on how much of First Responders Live is live. Can you talk about the balance of live versus those pre-taped packages, and how the format works?
A large percentage of the show is live, and that’s what makes it exciting. You never know what you’re going to get each night. We have 40-50 monitors streaming live footage from across the country. We can tap into that footage, get it cleared by the agencies, and then it ends up on the show, and that’s pretty spectacular when you’re working without a net.
The action and approval is happening while we’re watching it. We take privacy issues and careful considerations seriously to make sure nothing gets on air that hasn’t been scrutinized or looked at. We live on the adrenaline of it while being responsible with the content.
What’s been your biggest takeaway from producing First Responders Live?
I’ve been doing this for so long, three decades now. It’s rare to come across a show that gets you going in the mornings—the adrenaline and the unknown, all of that. It’s hard in this business. Everything is kind of a copycat or “been there and done that.” So to have an opportunity to do a show like First Responders Live and partner with real American heroes, that’s the best part.
I can’t tell you how fortunate I am to be working on this show and hopefully, with the continued success, we can be on for a long time. As Dick likes to say, this show will be on for the next 20 seasons, and I think the same. I’m really proud of First Responders Live and grateful that we have such a wonderful platform to show it on.
For the latest First Responders Live news, plus more on all of Dick Wolf’s other series, follow the Dick Wolf category at One Chicago Center.
Frederick Blichert I Real Screen
Fox’s First Responders Live has been picked up for an additional six episodes mid-season, with the series moving out of its current Wednesday night slot.
Produced by Wolf Entertainment and 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, First Responders Live offers an in-depth look at fire fighters, police officers, EMS technicians and other first responders who put their lives on the line every day to save others.
Dick Wolf, Rasha Drachkovitch and Tom Thayer serve as executive producers.
“The men and women we follow on First Responders Live are true heroes and we are incredibly honored to tell their stories,” said Drachkovitch, co-founder and CEO of 44 Blue, in a statement. “It’s a privilege to continue documenting these accounts of bravery for the viewers with our partners at Fox and Wolf Entertainment.”
First Responders Live debuted June 12 on Fox. The series will move to Tuesdays starting Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Breanna Bell I Variety
“First Responders Live” has been picked up by Fox for an additional six episodes. The show follows “American heroes” such as firefighters, police officers, EMS technicians and first responders as they risk their lives to save others. TV Journalist and Emmy award-winner Josh Elliot hosts the show, providing commentary and analysis. Additionally, the show will move to Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. beginning Aug. 6.
Jennifer Maas I The Wrap
Fox has ordered six more episodes of its freshman series “First Responders Live,” TheWrap has learned.
The Dick Wolf-produced show will move from its original Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot to Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (a spot previously reserved for “9-1-1” reruns) beginning Aug. 6, to make room for “BH90210” — the meta-revival of “Beverly Hills, 90210” — to premiere in the 9 o’clock hour on Aug. 7.
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.
“First Responders Live” is produced by Wolf Entertainment and 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. Wolf, Rasha Drachkovitch and Tom Thayer serve as executive producers.
“First Responders Live” airs Wednesdays at 9/8c — until it moves to Tuesdays at 9/8c on Aug. 6.
Jennifer Maas I The Wrap I Yahoo Entertainment
Fox has ordered six more episodes of its freshman series “First Responders Live,” TheWrap has learned. The Dick Wolf-produced show will move from its original Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot to Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (a spot previously reserved for “9-1-1” reruns) beginning Aug. 6, to make room for “BH90210” — the meta-revival of “Beverly Hills, 90210” — to premiere in the 9 o’clock hour on Aug. 7. 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. Also Read: Ratings: 'First Responders Live' Uptick Breathes Life Into Fox “First Responders Live” is produced by Wolf Entertainment and 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company.
Gerron Jordan I BR Proud
Fox has extended the show ‘First Responders Live’ an additional six weeks after premiering in June.
The show highlights the work first responders do around the country in real time, including first responders in Baton Rouge.
The show had been airing on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. central time. Starting August 7, the extended six weeks of the show will air Tuesday nights on WGMB Fox44.
Tony Maglio I The Wrap
Demo increase was slight, but enough for Fox to win Wednesday
“First Responders Live” (fireman) carried Fox to a primetime win in the key adults 18-49 demo, though “MasterChef” again rated the better of the network’s two Wednesday programs.
The reason we’re hanging last night’s win on “First Responders” is because it grew in ratings week-to-week and it anchors Fox’s Wednesday primetime. The “MasterChef” demo rating also grew versus the prior week’s fast-national rating, though it was flat with the final Nielsen number, which had adjusted one-tenth of a ratings point later last Thursday.
Fox was first in ratings with a 0.7 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 2.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “MasterChef” at 8 p.m. had a 0.8/4 and 3 million viewers. “First Responders Live” at 9 got a 0.6/3 and 2.3 million viewers.
Avery Thompson I Hollywood Life
Corporal Amber Wolf of the Lake County, Indiana, high crimes unit reveals in our EXCLUSIVE preview of ‘First Responders Live’ what her job entails, what it’s like being a woman in law enforcement, and more.
“With the high crimes unit, we’re like the foot soldiers,” Corporal Amber Wolf says in our EXCLUSIVE preview of the July 17 episode of First Responders Live. “We’re out there in a capacity of almost patrol, taking calls. We’re still out there making traffic stops, dealing with the baddest of the bad. This unit provides the citizen a little bit more safety because now we’re able to focus on the narcotics, the drug trafficking, the weapons offenses.”
Amber says that working in law enforcement is “my calling. I feel like even from day one I knew that this was for me.” She also explains, “Being a female in this field, you have to be a lot stronger than the average guy. Yes, I am a female so obviously the strength of a man is not the same but I’m gonna give my 100 percent. As long as the guyd that I work with know that, we can make it far.”
First Responders Live gives viewers an unprecedented look at heroic emergency responders answering calls all over America. The series is a raw, in-depth look at the experiences these brave people face every day, and it also delves into their personal lives and trajectories to show how they became who they are today, and why they choose to work in such a dangerous field to save others.
Dick Wolf, Rasha Drachkovitch, and Tom Thayer are executive producers of the series. Josh Elliott hosts the show. Josh provides live analysis and commentary, with help from a team of experts as the show follows first-person accounts of all the action. First Responders Live airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.
Dak Dillon I Newscast Studio
Billed as the real-life version of popular Dick Wolf dramas “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med,” Fox’s “First Responders Live” takes viewers on a journey each week as events unfold – kind of.
Similar to AE’s popular “Live PD” program, Fox’s version follows fire, police and paramedics in the field; however, the show may not actually be “live.” For one, the show airs live only on the East Coast for one hour a week. That’s a pretty small window for “disaster to strike.” Secondly, it’s noted at the beginning of each airing that “some segments were previously recorded.”
What the show lacks in time, it makes up for in storytelling, packing the latest in augmented reality technology into its Los Angeles studio to help toss viewers into each situation.
Mirroring the rough materiality of many modern firehouses and police stations including the show’s counterparts in the “One Chicago” universe, the set includes a small table for the experts and is staged to allow for a variety of jib and Steadicam shots.
Producers monitoring feeds are separated from the rest of the studio by glass partitions and an interpretation of a garage door.
Meanwhile, strategically placed lights allow the set to quickly change into dramatic red and blue hues as events unfold.
Along with an LED wall for analysis and live check-ins, the set also has an established augmented reality area thanks to a simple circle cutout in the set’s wood flooring.
In this area, augmented maps, logos, badges, infoboxes and live video feeds appear as Elliott interacts with the elements.
Full Mental Jacket designed the various augmented reality elements with CGLA Studios providing integration and support during show tapings. The designs are powered by Zero Density’s Reality platform with rendering from the Unreal Engine and jib camera tracking from Mo-Sys.
Through the use of augmented reality, the show is able to quickly add context about an officer or a location while keeping up with the pace of live events.
“First Responders Live” is produced by Wolf Entertainment and 44 Blue Productions, with Wolf, Rasha Drachkovitch and Tom Thayer as executive producers.
Brittany Fredrick I One Chicago Center
First Responders Live scored a major victory this week for FOX, posting the biggest ratings ever for Dick Wolf’s reality series.
There might be hope for First Responders Live yet, because Dick Wolf‘s newest project had a huge ratings improvement when it returned to the air this week.
The FOX reality series was watched by 2.36 million people on Wednesday, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is when compared to its previous audiences.
Its last new episode, which aired on June 26, only pulled in 1.8 million people and was one of the least-watched broadcast TV shows that night. So the series gained about a half million audience members in its return.
It also posted higher numbers than even had with its heavily promoted first episode. The series premiere drew 2.11 million live viewers.
By comparison, this week’s episode was ranked seventh out of 11 shows in total viewers, and had a 0.6 share among adults 18-49, which was tied for sixth place in that crucial demographic.
What changed to swing the numbers in FOX’s favor? There are a lot of low-rated shows airing on Wednesdays at the moment, including directly opposite the Dick Wolf show. NBC had Songland in the 9 p.m slot, which had just over 2 million eyeballs. The songwriting competition has likewise failed to be a smash hit.
Natalie Bomke I Chicago FOX 32
CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - The Lake County, Indiana sheriff's department is featured on the new FOX show “First Responders Live.”
It takes viewers on a ride-along with law enforcement and paramedics across the country.
You might be asking, why Lake County, Indiana? The sheriff told FOX 32 it was the department’s proximity to Chicago that encouraged producers of the show to reach out.
Imagine fighting crime from thousands of feet in the air. The Lake County, Indiana sheriff's department has the only aerial crime fighting unit in northwestern Indiana and on Wednesday, Patrolman and helicopter pilot David Eichelberger was at the controls.
"Our response time in the middle of the night from the time we get the phone call to the time we're airborne is about 15 minutes,” said Eichelberger.
The chopper's nickname is “The Hummingbird.” It's so quiet, that people below it don't even know it is overhead.
"We're 500 foot above their head and they barely even hear we're up here,” Eichelberger said.
Down on the ground, Deputy Timothy Heath is patrolling Crown Point, Indiana. Heath grew up in Gary and has been a Lake County deputy for four years.
"I had a lot of friends growing up they either went to jail or getting killed. So it was like, I wanted to stop that. I know I'm not like Superman, I can't, you know save the world, but I can play a small role in it,” he said.
In the next several weeks, viewers will ride along with Lake County deputies to see what they see firsthand.
"It goes beyond the badge. They actually get to see the officers who they really are. That they're human beings just like everyone else,” said Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr.
Producers and camera crews with the show have been riding with Lake County deputies for a few months already. They will wrap up filming at the end of July.
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.