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Sacramento firefighters featured in ‘Live Rescue,’ A&E reality TV show debuting Monday

Sacramento fire crews featured in new A&E reality TV series ‘Live Rescue’

Structure fires, water rescues and other Sacramento emergencies will be televised to a national audience as the Sacramento Fire Department is one of eight agencies embedding camera crews for a new reality TV series.
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Structure fires, water rescues and other Sacramento emergencies will be televised to a national audience as the Sacramento Fire Department is one of eight agencies embedding camera crews for a new reality TV series.

Structure fires, water rescues and other Sacramento emergencies will be televised live to a national audience the next eight Monday nights, as the Sacramento Fire Department announced it is one of eight agencies embedding camera crews for a new reality TV series.

“Live Rescue,” a spinoff of popular “Live PD,” will debut at 9 p.m. Monday on A&E, the cable channel announced.

The program will feature coverage of first-responder action from eight fire departments across the country in two-hour blocks, which will be broadcast live but with a 20- to 30-minute delay for editing, review and production, Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Capt. Keith Wade said Monday.

Producers will be on-scene to get releases signed by patients in accordance with privacy laws. Wade said the fire agencies have final say on what gets released.

Firefighters in Sacramento have already been followed for the past three weeks by two film crews, Wade said. The prerecorded footage will be shown when it’s “slow” on live nights, he said.

“We will for sure be in every episode,” Wade said. “We’ve had a lot of good stuff with them already.”

“Live Rescue” is produced by Big Fish Entertainment and will air on A&E. It’s hosted by journalist Ashleigh Banfield.

Other agencies featured will include Cal Fire Riverside and the St. Louis Fire Department.

Wade said he hopes the program showcases the breadth of what real first responders handle in the line of duty — not just blazing infernos, but things like water rescues and hazmat work.

“It’s a great recruitment tool for us, especially on the national stage,” Wade said. “You can’t buy this type of exposure.”

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.


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