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20 x 60 minute episodes
Lorne Greene was back in Code Red as Joe Rorchek, captain of Battalion number 6, Station Number 1, of the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the stern patriarch of a family of dedicated firefighters in LA.
His two sons, Ted (Andrew Stevens) and Chris (Sam J Jones), who probably weren’t allowed to watch Bonanza, were following in the old man’s footsteps, also with Battalion Number 6.
Ted’s code was “Charlie 10”, and Chris, who piloted a helicopter, was “Fire Chopper 5”.
They also spent a fair amount of time following Haley Green (Martina Deignan), a comely young thing who happened to be LA’s first female firefighter.
So the scene was set for fiery disasters, perilous rescues and mayhap a touch of romance.
A network release at the time of the ABC debut also said: “each episode will contain fire safety and lifesaving themes for young viewers”.
Joe’s young, adopted son, Danny Blake (Adam Rich) was a Junior Fire Explorer. Joe and his wife Ann (Julie Adams) lived at 9876 Temple Lane.
Battalion Chief Joe Rorchek
Sam J. Jones