Events at an apartment fire leave the future of the station's leadership in jeopardy.
A car accident on a rural road puts many lives at risk.
Jack begins his first shift as co-captain and continues to butt heads with Andy; Pruitt has a difficult time following doctor's orders and winds up back at the station to take on administrative duties; the rest of the team responds to an attic fire.
Andy and Jack find themselves in disagreement over spending decisions at the station; the firefighters respond to a structure fire at a brand-new bed-and- breakfast; Ryan calls Maya when he finds her brother in some trouble.
Miranda Bailey visits Ben at work, meeting his new co-workers for the first time; most of the team responds to a motor vehicle accident involving an electrical danger; Andy and Maya are paired up to go on their first stakeout.
Andy, Jack and 18 other candidates take the captaincy drill test; Travis serves as acting captain while Andy and Jack are away for the day; Ben confronts Vic about her fears.
Ryan and Jack get competitive during disaster drill training; Capt. Pruitt's health weakens, and Andy is sticking by his side; the crew and the police department respond to a strip mall fire, forcing Jack and Ryan to work together.
Ripley interviews each member of the crew to determine whether Andy or Jack should be given the role of captain; a mom's day out on a party bus takes a turn for the worse; Capt. Pruitt continues his treatment.
In the days before the captain position is announced, Pruitt warns Andy not to be disappointed with the outcome; Ben gets upset with Pruitt for having told Bailey the dangers of firefighting; the team gets trapped in the garage of a burning house.