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Chicago Fire: Behind the Scenes

Tue, 2 Oct 2012|

Fire Engineering Editorial Board Member Forest Reeder talks to some of the actors from the NBC series "Chicago Fire."


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So it kind of and he just limited to come down to talk to -- just Spencer -- and and NBC. NBC new drop called Chicago fire just -- -- plane nose gets this right. I was Tenet met Casey truck 81 her out again and freedom opportunity and don't -- and we're. He was some of the members of the cast but what about your experience and you know -- a firefighter. -- about hopefully what that. Pelfrey was as an actor's -- what it's good for us as a first. If you've got a couple minutes we feel like until the firefighters about you know -- -- and what -- -- the public's perception about what we do when those types of things that are in areas like. You know kind of -- -- -- your observations about you know working as an -- and our world -- and we're really do is in intensive. Flooding building five justices completely new to me but -- That the one thing that -- you know struck you know that -- I picked up start off the bat was. In that these guys are really I mean there really. I've -- on this really. Lovely guys in -- they're very patient. In I think says they will have to deal was. Stressful situations a thing as a certain. Personality -- you know that has to be able to deal with that and and these these causes really really lovely. In. You know that personalities in this instance team a realty. That is really magnetic indicate in you know we love them there -- boys. -- -- Still on the center Chicago fire got a great opportunity to sit down and talk with the engineer -- truck 81. When you leave the set in and talked you know wanted to Hollywood -- family your friends that's an -- polar service what do you what its home about did in the experiences that are gaining from this in terms. What -- -- the public Hollywood's perception about being a firefighter and and and working in harper is vs what David -- CNET -- here in the movies before. One of actual firefighters that's on that with us -- with the media today. He was saying how. He was. At a house there was a big fire burning and they knew that they had a three year old kid. Somewhere in that building. And there was no way to get in that was open there was no decent and -- point that we -- -- And finally they get the water go in and they go inside and the -- doesn't make it. And then he has to go home. To his three year old daughter after having just pulled. This this young -- -- you know three year old -- -- lot of fire who did it make it and be able to keep that. In himself and now bring that out to his wife and not you know not try to make upset her even more -- you know and I you know to -- to hold -- kind of the thing you know as actors. We all have our own personal problem I think that we hold them but make. I think the beauty of being the performers that you get the opportunity to kind of vent their frustration -- a different -- -- you know to a different human being. And in that way you know -- -- I think it's kind of -- hubby a help the exercise of at least. And with a lot you guys you know as I was asking -- of how do you compensate for something you know like how he's been. -- you how you like. How do you. Reconcile that in your head you know. And it was that you know we what we happen to be at a at a baseball game and music. You do stuff like that you know and at stake you hang out with the -- you go out to games you forget about things. You -- just kind of get through -- -- and I think that that is almost as important. To being a firefighter. Is actually fighting the fire the fact that you know you have each other. For those moments that no one else will understand and know enough will be it would -- kind of fully realize for themselves and it's why I think it's like. It's it's easily the most. Significant brotherhood of men and women that I've ever had the pleasure being. I Charlie taken some time out of a -- worker combustible time with -- to kind of talk about the show a little bit and we've had a real when they can talk to some -- cast members of those some of the -- and things like that but. You get to be that guy you can communicate on hand to hand it to be the new game you know again it all all the nicknames -- -- in the -- -- Can you handle. What -- the Netherlands. -- goes on and I think the first services you need from other businesses absent in any -- you kidding me they just find some different. The firefighters. And he's the ultimate hero and -- was completely beyond belief and you literally going into a burning building where people could be heard -- -- Risking your own life to take them now and that's I mean that's the bottom line of the job that. I don't know I don't know any other job like that I mean other than. Being being in being in the military and you know it's like it's it's I think it's one of the most selfless acts it -- Right continue our discussions with some of the Kasten. For important people down here -- stages Chicago fire. She fit in just a little bit more union into what your role is and -- -- kind of -- challenging Harold and Mary how it went to the real world -- fighting here. -- -- -- -- Yeah I'm I'm I'm having a blast it's it's really because days. Because I'm a writer naturally that's what I do it here -- -- Story line consultant network both with the writers in which the actors hands out of physical with the training. All the way from the story line development to make sure that it's if it's real somewhat. Almost every story comes from it was inspired by real life. Story throughout my career and careers of others that I've witnessed. -- we make changes it's not -- -- Just the story -- the action it's about the firefighters and paramedics. And I think I think the average firefighter medic around the country's going to be impressed. They're going to be represented well you know be represented as hard working. Noble people with the cause. Yet thirds. It's reality you know you have -- different types of personalities and personal problems. That that pop up. But. The action is going to be real good. And the emotion. Even more powerful than the action I think is the emotion. You'll notice that there's a lot more -- shows that are -- fire -- because -- shows are more expensive to make. The elaborate sets that are needed for each show and much higher special effects budget. So that's candid. Slowed down -- the number of fire shows throughout the years. Soul. John Q public they know what police officers do for eleven and they really don't know what firefighters do there's been. Comedic shows there really has and I don't think there's ever been anything like what we're doing. It's. Dick Wolf production it's second to nine in game in. It. Just the money spent the the special effects this stunt crews the cast. It's. Bringing. What we do. It took it to the public they're going to be able to see through firefighters' eyes and kind of do we know you know force you know we go to work where we're working with thirteen hundred degree temperatures overhead. Or working in zero visibility. -- NBC every Wednesday night people be able to see what we do.

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