LA Fire & Rescue exclusive clip: Family business

LA FIRE & RESCUE -- "Passing the Torch" Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) “LACoFD Station 16/Watts first responders-- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
LA FIRE & RESCUE -- "Passing the Torch" Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) “LACoFD Station 16/Watts first responders-- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) /

LA Fire & Rescue is the perfect show to watch while you wait for Chicago Fire to return. It’s not only produced by Chicago Fire creator Dick Wolf, but it sheds a light on the real life situations that inspire so many Chicago Fire episodes.

LA Fire & Rescue airs its season 1 finale on Wednesday, August 9, but we have an exclusive clip that shows just how intense and hair-raising things get ahead of time. The clip shows Jeff Olivas, a real life firefighter and rookie on the job, navigate his first on scene fire. His dad, Dan Olivas, is with him, and Dan discusses the pros and cons of being able to work with family on the job.

The clip makes it abundantly clear that the fire is serious business. The first thing that can be heard in the clip is a firefighter stating that there’s a gas link in the structure, and it could burst at any moment. Dan can also be heard advising Jeff on how to handle the situation, and which spots to focus on first to maximize safety. Watch the full clip below.

“It’s hard to take your son into the fire knowing that he is your son and you don’t want him to get hurt,” Dan explains after the fact. “But it’s a thrill to take him in there, and talk to him, going ‘let’s go kid, this is what heat feels like’.” To his credit, Jeff rises to the challenge. He tells the audience that he definitely had some moments of discomfort in the building, but was proud to be able to safely handle the situation.

“These mobile home fires, they burn hot and they burn quick,” he asserts. “So you always have a little bit of nervousness, but it’s also a lot of excitement too.” The clip ends with Jeff and Dan going over the most important thing to consider when handling a fire, and that it safety. The pride on the latter’s face is evident while he talks.

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LA Fire & Rescue manages to take the appeal of Chicago Fire and embellish it because it is based on real life situations. It manages to apply a personal, human touch to situations that are so out of the ordinary for the average person that it can be hard to imagine.

The episode the clip is from, “Passing the Torch”, airs Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. It will also be available to stream on Peacock the day after.

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