Fireman Sam lives in the fictional Welsh town of Pontypandy - a combination of two Valleys towns, Tonypandy and Pontypridd. He is part of a very busy fire crew under the leadership of Station Officer Steele. Much of the action centres around Naughty Norman Price who, as his name suggests, is always getting in trouble and almost single handedly keeps Sam’s crew busy.
There is no sign of Sam’s popularity waning; as of 2013, over 160 episodes have been made of this BAFTA nominated cartoon and a ninth series in production. Sam is also well travelled; the show has been translated into 25 languages and aired in over 90 countries. The characters have been voiced by actors such as John Alderton and John Sparkes (the latter is also known for narrating Peppa Pig).
Such is Sam’s fame that the Archbishop of Wales referred to him in 2013 Easter sermon, saying that God, like Fireman Sam is a rescuer – surely the ultimate compliment!
Where to Visit?
Why not visit Tonypandy and Pontypridd, the towns that inspired the original Pontypandy
Pontypridd Heritage Trail
Explore this market town that became one of the most important manufacturers of tinplate in the UK
17 November 2013