First In premiered on BET on September 30, 2009. This series delves into the lives of Compton's firefighters and paramedics as they try to balance the high stress of a gruesome work schedule and family life. Emotions run high as the men and women work long hours in a fast-paced, high-intensity atmosphere compounded by the daily pressure of saving lives. Though Compton has a population of only about 100,000 people, there are a reported 75 active gangs operating within the area, making it a unique environment for the city's emergency teams. With one of the highest crime rates in the country, gunshot wounds, gang-related violence, and mangled cars are just another day on the job for these highly trained professionals. Day after day, all the drama is caught on tape as the Compton Fire Department team - an ambulance operator, multiple firefighters, an intern and Marcel Melanson, one of the youngest Battalion Chiefs in the country - fights battles both at home and on the job.