Visit to “Station 51”

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’re no doubt aware that I’m a big fan of the 1970’s-era TV series, “Emergency!” I talked and wrote about it a while back.

In February 2017, I finally got to tour Los Angeles County Fire Station 127, in Carson, CA, which was the location used for the TV show’s Station 51. There was no station 51 at the time, so the producers chose that number for the series. Nowadays, station 51 is on the Universal Pictures lot.

The front of the station has a familiar look. It’s been dedicated to Robert Cinader, the executive producer of Emergency!
The dedication plaque is mounted right by the office door.

It’s lucky for fans like me that firefighters take history and tradition seriously. It’s why 127, though a busy working station, has been maintained to keep as much of the look of the TV show as possible.

The station currently houses Light Force 127, which consists of Engine 127 and Truck 127 (a Quint with a tiller). The two are almost always dispatched as a pair, although the day we visited, the Engine was having a brake job done and Truck 127 went out alone.

Station 127’s alert tones are the familiar ones used by Station 51; the department switched systems long ago to a modern system, but kept the original sound for 127. (I heard them when Truck 127 went out–it was very strange yet also “normal.”)

Much of the station looks like it did during the 1972-1977 run of the series.

For example:

Johnny and Roy’s lockers look about the same.


The dorm is essentially the same, although there’s a workout area behind the camera.


There’s show memorabilia everywhere.


Not part of the series is the station’s chicken coop. It seems that firefighters eat a lot of eggs, so they have their own chickens on site.

The coop was designed to look like the front of the fire station.


The chickens get fresh air and exercise in this run.


Engine 127’s license plate frame.

Rhonda and I signed the guest book, which was signed by visitors from around the world. Not bad for a 40-year-old TV series.

The station gets about a visitor a day on weekdays, more on weekends, and the firefighters who work there are happy to show off their TV heritage.

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