The Kite
Series 01, Episode 01
Air Date Welsh: September 15, 1987
English: November 17, 1987
Australian: January 29, 1990
Previous None
Next Barn Fire

The Kite is the premiere episode of the Fireman Sam series.

Plot Summary

The first episode begins showing Trevor Evans, the bus, driving down a road on a windy day. The wind knocks down a telegraph pole as he passes it. Meanwhile, at Fireman Sam's house, Sam tries to ring Sarah and James, his niece and nephew, to invite them to the park, but his phone is dead. Sam then goes to Bella's café to get his sandwiches, but Bella can't give him any because she has no bread, and she can't order more because her phone is dead too.

Trevor goes to pick up Sarah and James to take them to the park, with their kite. At the fire station, Sam and Elvis are having tea when the alarm goes off - a fallen telegraph pole has fallen down on the Newtown Road, where Trevor was driving. They drive off in Jupiter with Station Officer Steele, and arrive at the scene of the trouble.

At Price's General Store, Dilys Price is making a protesting Norman go and play in the park. Reluctantly, he leaves on his skateboard. At the park, Trevor is showing Sarah and James how to fly their kite. However, the string snaps, and as Trevor runs after it, he is knocked over by Norman on his skateboard. Meanwhile, out on the road, Elvis attaches a rope from the telegraph pole to Jupiter, and Sam uses Jupiter to pull the pole off the road.

Outside Dilys's shop, Dilys and Bella notice Sarah and James's kite fly up onto Dilys's roof. On the way back to the fire station, Sam gets out to tell Bella that they have moved the telegraph pole, but before he can tell her, he spots the kite on the roof. He gets it down for Dilys, nearly falling off the roof in the process, but managing to get the kite off the roof. Afterwards, Sarah and James run out, and tell Sam that Trevor has injured his arm.

In the park, Officer Steele bandages Trevor's arm (although it's the wrong one) and Trevor apologises to Sarah and James for losing the kite. However, Sam points out the kite tied to a nearby fence. Sarah and James thank him and the episode ends.




  • When Station Officer Steele leaves his office, the objects in the pen/pencil pot on his desk fall fowards.
  • When Fireman Sam and Station Officer Steele go to look at the fallen telegraph pole, they stop and freeze, as they are two cardboard cut outs.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Bella's voice did not sound as feminine as it sounded during the rest of the episode.
  • The fallen telegraph pole is placed on the inside of the wall while the rest are on the outside. This may have been deliberately done so as to make it easier for the pole to fall across the road for this episode.

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