Ladder 49

Synopsis: Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him.
Director(s): Jay Russell
Production: Buena Vista
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Third alarm firebox R-50-4.

Please respond, 0-1-Charlie-1.

Engine five, Engine 55, Engine 33.

Truck one, Truck 49, medic 20, field com...

...respond to Newgate Avenue

and Newkirk Street...

Hamilton Grain, for the building fire.

Third alarm to firebox R-50-4.

Please respond, 0-1-Charlie-1.

Engine five, engine 55, engine 33.

Truck one, truck 49, medic 20, field com...

...respond to Newgate Avenue

and Newkirk Street...

Hamilton Grain,

for the building fire. 20-30.

This way! Take it!

More pressure!

Reposition those rigs!

IC from Ladder 42, we are on side two...

Jack! Jack!

Everybody, listen up.

The battalion chief says

we've got a report of people...

...trapped on the 12th floor or above.

He says the place is full of grain dust,

which could explode at any time.

So everybody keep together,

maintain radio contact.

Check that

on the three side of the building.

- Is that all right? You got that?

- Roger, IC. Three side of the building.

Why does it always have to be

the 12th floor?

Why can't they be on the fourth?

Let's move it, Grandpa.

Come on.

Ladder 49 to Command.

We're on the 12th floor.

Commencing search.

I'm getting too old for this sh*t.

Lenny! Lenny!

Take Jack.

- Ray!

- All right, Cap.

- Come on, Jack.

- Copy that.

This is Baltimore City Fire Department!

Can anybody hear me?

Fire Department!

Baltimore City Fire Department.

Can anybody hear me?

Fire Department!

Anybody here?


Fire Department!

Hey! Jack!

He's over here!

I got a pulse.

Ladder 49, Portable three to Portable one.

We found one of 'em.

He's alive.

We're bringing him out.

Jack, get his hands.

Portable one to Portable three.

Copy that. We got one, too.

We'll meet you at the stairwell.

- Give us a hand here!

- Breathe through my mask.

Go ahead, just take a breath

outta my mask.

- I got him! I got him!

- Ladder 49 to Command.

I got his legs.

Be advised we have

two trapped occupants.

We're bringing 'em down the stairs now.

- Where's Phil?

- What?


Cap, they said there was two of 'em.

- He was with us.

- They said there were only two.

- On this level!

- On this floor. Over there.

- I'm gonna go look for him.

- Jack! You stay in radio contact.


Fire Department!


Portable three to Portable one.

Explosion blocked my rear exit.

Looking for alternative, but still

searching for a victim on level 12.

Ladder 49, Portable one to Portable three.

We copy, Jack.

Hey! Hey!

Come on. Get up!

Can you stand?

Come on, let's go.

Come on.

Ladder 49, Portable one to Portable three.

- Jack, you all right?

- Yeah. I got another one.

Portable three to Command.

Be advised I have the victim.

We're moving toward side one,

the roll-up door.

Get a bucket up there

and I'll drop him down!

Command, do you copy?

Copy that. We are repositioning truck 51.

Come on!

Nice and easy.

Hey! Come on, get it up here! Up!

Truck 51 to Ladder 49 Portable.

We're right underneath you.

Bring him down, Jack. Bring him down.

- What's your name? Phil?

- Yeah, it's Phil.

Here, Phil, can you hold this?

Can you hold this against your face?

Listen to me. I'm gonna

tie you off right now, all right?

Nice and easy.

Portable three to Command,

ready to lower the victim down.

All right, Phil, now listen to me.

Take this off.

Listen to me.

I'm gonna start lowering you

down now right into the bucket.

Now trust me.

Keep your eyes on me, OK?

You keep your eyes on me.

I got you. Trust me.

Hey, Phil, you look at me.

You look at me and stay right there.

I can't do this.

I'm right here.

You could do it, Phil.

- I can't do this.

- Yes, you can. I'm gonna help you.

I got guys on the ground.

Trust me, Phil. Trust me.

- Please, I can't.

- You have to go.

Now, I'm not leaving till you leave.

And you're going, Phil.

Down! Get down!

Go down. I got you.

I promise. I got you.

Go. You just look right here.

Aah! Uh...

You got 30 feet, Jack.

Stay right here, partner!

Stay right here!

Jack, you got ten, 15 feet.

Bring him down.

Bring him down.



We got heavy black smoke up here.

We got a four-by-four hole cut.

We can't get in there yet.

Ladder 12, this is Ladder 6.

We need the big booster.

Bring in a big line.

Hey. You the new rookie?

Uh, yeah, I'm looking for, uh, Captain...

- Hey, yo, Frank. What's up?

- What's up, Tommy?

Drop your bag.

Uh, take the spiral staircase.

Look for the door

that says "Captain's Office".


- What's up?

- Any breakfast?

Yeah, in the kitchen.

- You're the rookie, right?

- Yeah.

Uh, probationary firefighter

Jack Morrison reporting, sir.



Your shift started at seven, son.

- Uh, well, sir, I was already here.

- Ah, save it. Sit down.

Now, let me tell you somethin', boy.

Engine 33 is the busiest...

...and most disciplined firehouse

in the city.

No room for slackers.

You got that?

I know that, sir.

We get over 4,000 calls a year.

That's a lot of action.

Gotta be willing to go the extra mile.

Are you, Jack?

Are you willing to go the extra mile?

- Well, yes, sir.

- I don't think so.

I can.

Sorry, Cap.

Uh, Father Hogan's here.

Uh, I'll go last. I'll go last.

Let him go first.

Go ahead. Go ahead, Jack.

Yeah, so, Jack... OK.

Welcome to, uh, Engine 33.

Good to have you onboard, son.

Get out.

Well, thank you, sir.

Hey. Ray Gauquin.

How are you?

Jack Morrison.

Good to meet you.

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Lewis Colick

Lewis Colick is an American screenwriter born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Baruch College in New York and got his MFA in Theatre Arts from the UCLA Film School. more…

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