1A INT./EXT. NYFD FIREHOUSE - VARIOUS SHOTS - NIGHT
One A.M. on a hellish summer night in Spanish Harlem.
1B FIREFIGHTER 1B
snores like a chainsaw in the upstairs sleeping quarters.
1C INT. LIVING AREA 1C
A FAN WHINES as a firefighter channel surfs.
1D TRUCK BAY 1D
A rookie firefighter shines chrome on the pumper.
1E BAY'S OPEN DOORWAY 1E
A firefighter plays chess with a neighborhood kid.
BLASTS from somewhere.
1F OLD FIREHOUSE 1F
spills light onto a street of aging, neglected buildingsas people beat the heat in open windows, on stoops and
1G FIREHOUSE DALMATION 1G
laps water from a dripping hydrant.
2 INT. FIREHOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT 2
NYFD Lt. GORDY PITT strains as he works the handle of an
old-time, hand-cranked ice cream maker. It's a tough jobrequiring strength, patience and determination. In a
nutshell, that's Gordy.
Firefighter JUNIOR MONTINE, black Panamanian descent,
watches Gordy crank away.
Hear the big news, Lieutenant?
It's the twenty-first century. We
got electricity now.
Gordy keeps cranking.
Got these supermarkets, too.
places, freezers full o' ice
Gordy stops. Pops the lid. Spoons out a dollop.
He sticks the spoon in Junior's mouth. Junior eats.
Junior loves it. Gordy smiles.
Screw the twenty-first century.
The FIRE BELL SOUNDS.
3 INT. FIREHOUSE - VARIOUS SHOTS 3
Everyone scrambles. The choreography's practiced,
automatic. It's achieved without conversation.
The channel surfer slides down the fire pole. He's
followed by the man who was upstairs snoring.
Junior rips a sheet from the teleprinter. He hands the
printout to the snorer, the company's "chauffeur."
Feet jam into boots. Yellow trousers are hauled up andhitched with suspenders.
Yellow jackets are whipped on.
The chauffeur TURNS OVER the PUMPER'S huge MOTOR.
Firefighters take their stations on the truck. Headsets
go on. As the fire company's lieutenant, Gordy ridesshotgun. The chauffeur hands him the printout. As the
engine moves out under lights and SIREN, Gordy speaks tothe men over the headsets -GORDY
Second alarm. Multiple dwellingbetween Third and Lex.
4 EXT. SPANISH HARLEM - STREETS - NIGHT 4
The ENGINE SCREAMS and HONKS through the city.
5 EXT. SPANISH HARLEM - TENEMENT - NIGHT 5
FLAMES ROAR from the upper stories of this slumlord'sshitbox. An engine and ladder company are on-sceneattacking the fire with hoses. Neighbors gawk. Gordy'sengine company arrives. Gordy hits the ground, moves toa battalion chief. The chief's terse orders are drowned
out by the NOISE of the EQUIPMENT, fire and men. Gordymoves back to his company, who have already hooked theengine up to water.
Top story's fully involved. We're
supporting inside. Two lines upthe stairs.
He points to Junior and then to the channel surfer, MIKESHEA, a veteran firefighter of Irish descent.
Junior and Mike -He
points to the chess player, SAL DIBIASE, another FDveteran, Mediterranean descent, and then to the rookie,
RONNIE BOOK, a New York melting pot mutt.
-- Sal and Ronnie.
The chauffeur, ART WESTPHAL, German-Irish, stays with theengine as Gordy grabs a fire axe and leads his two two-
man hose teams into...
6 INT. TENEMENT 6
Gordy and his men charge the stairs dragging the heavyhoses. Rats head past in the opposite direction,
deserting the burning building.
7 THIRD FLOOR 7
They meet fire on the third floor. On goes the water.
Gordy quickly checks rooms on the floor for occupants,
using the axe to open locked doors, then taps Junior andMike, indicates "up." Begins leading the hose team upthe stairwell. Sees something and yells a warning -GORDY
Stairs're screwed. Hug the wall.
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