Ooh, you're talking to an expert, sir. Now, I suggest we step along to Bella's, and I'll show you just how nifty I am.

— Trevor to Station Officer Steele

Fireman Sam In Action
Fireman Sam In Action
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April 1, 1996

Directed by

Vivienne Cozens

Produced by

John Walker

Written by

Charles Savage


Gary Lucas
Ian Sincliar
Mark Frederick
Victoria Edwards
Joe Vera
Sarah Dyall
Sarah Carleton
Kelly East
Emma Watt
Karen Briffett

Music by

Ben Heneghan
Ian Lawson

Distributed by


Running time

62 minutes



Fireman Sam In Action is a 1996 live-action stage play and a 62-minute film featuring three stories, "Fire Station Flood Alert", "Dilys’ Attic Fire" and "Pontypandy Fireworks Party". It was specifically filmed to be released on video. The film was released on April 1, 1996, distributed by BBC Video. The opening sequence was filmed on location at Aldenham Country Park, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England. It features children from Parkside School learning fire safety with Fireman Sam (played by Gary Lucas). The film also marked the end of the original Fireman Sam series.

Plot Summary

Fire Station Flood Alert

Station Officer Steele (Ian Sinclair) fires Elvis (Mark Frederick) as the station cook. This gives Fireman Sam (Gary Lucas) an idea; He invents Pancake Prototype One and a robot called Bentley (Sarah Dyall) to be Elvis’ replacement. One day whilst spring-cleaning, Elvis decides to put Elvis Presley music inside Bentley’s tape mechanism. He goes crazy and ends up breaking the stopcock and causes a flood in the whole fire station. When it’s all sorted, they start to have what Bentley’s cooked, bangers and mash. It turns out that Bentley isn’t a good cook after all and everyone decides that Elvis should be reappointed.

Dilys’ Attic Fire

A few weeks later, the fire station crew set to work on a training film with Norman Price (Karen Briffett) as Trevor (Joe Vera)’s gopher. Production of the training film begins. When James (Kelly East) and Sarah (Emma Watt) arrive, they are asked to be "trapped" inside Jupiter’s garage. However, Norman secretly sets fire to some old newspapers. Later, Dilys (Sarah Carleton) looks for treasure in the attic, but the candle she uses for light starts a fire in the house. When she’s getting rescued, she argues about not letting go of a valuable vase that she found and could be in danger of breaking, and it ends up in Trevor’s hands. Bella (Sarah Dyall) then reveals that the vase was not so valuable after all and Dilys then lavishly praises the fire brigade, but they say it's all in a day's work.

Pontypandy Fireworks Party

On November 5, the crew are preparing for Bonfire Night whilst Norman is dressed up as a tree and pinches Bella's and Dilys' bottoms, making them argue with each other. His plan is foiled by some railings in which he ends up getting stuck. After the crew rescue him from the railings, Norman introduces his pet hedgehog, which he calls Brian. However, Brian scampers into the bonfire and Norman panics to get it out. The crew setup the "Guy" and light the bonfire. but Norman, who is searching for Brian, is in danger of being killed. After he’s rescued, it’s revealed that Brian was a female hedgehog and had just had babies. Norman lets them off into their natural habitat, and Bonfire Night is a success.



  • Fire Station Flood Alert was partially based on the episode Bentley the Robot. However, Elvis Cridlington puts an Elvis Presley tape inside Bentley, which makes him malfunction and break the stopcock, starting a flood. In the episode, Norman put a Raiders of the Lost Universe video game cartridge inside Bentley, which caused him to malfunction and start a fire with oil (though Norman does try to scramble Bentley by inserting and removing Bentley's programming tape). Also, Penny was trapped inside the fire station during the fire, while in the episode, Bentley was inside during the flood.
  • Dilys' Attic Fire was partially based on the episode Rich and Famous.
  • In the series, Dilys' shop and Bella's café are situated across the road from each other, whereas in this play, they are much closer together.
  • In the TV series, Jupiter (J999) had a large red radiator grille with its number plate on a bumper, and was based on a 1974 Bedford TK. It was also wider and had three seats. In this stage production, it is narrower and has a slightly different design. The radiator grille is grey and much smaller, and the number plate is below the windscreen, with no front bumper.
  • In the TV series, Venus (V666) had a winch on its front (as seen in the episode Lost in the Fog) and was based on a six-wheeled 1982 Range Rover. In this stage production, the winch was on the back, and the side doors and third axle were removed.


  • In Dilys’ Attic Fire, when Bella gets in her café to phone the fire brigade when Dilys' attic burns, the fire brigade arrive immediately as if they'd already known.
  • Whenever Dilys Price’s shop and Bella Lasagne’s café are on screen, the fire station can be seen right behind them.


  • Fireman Sam Theme
  • Gently Bentley
  • Elvis Cooks the Lunch
  • By Jupiter, By Jupiter
  • The Person In Charge Is Officer Steele
  • Naughty Norman Price
  • Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November

The soundtrack, released as Fireman Sam "Ready For Action", was released in audio cassette format by Sony Wonder Records.


Fireman Sam in Action

Fireman Sam in Action