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Chicago Fire TV Show update

This from Eric Franzyshen

I follow your website ( on a daily basis and I saw the post about the rig that was purchased from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus for the show Chicago Fire. While browsing through instagram about a week ago, I came accross the attached pic with what appears to be the same truck, just on it side and marked up for Truck 81.  Let me know if you agree or not.
fire truck on Chicago Fire TV Show

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As seen around … Chicago

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.:

new Chicago FD ambulances

New CFD ambulances. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

This from Tim Olk:

fire truck used on tv show

X-Antioch FD squad re-lettered and painted as Chicago FD Squad 3 for the Chicago Fire TV show. Tim Olk photo

This from Josh Boyajian:

New Buggies are being readied for 2-2-2, Battalion 8 and Battalion 7, plus new Ambulances for 89 and 13. The light bars on the buggies have blue lights on the corners.

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New Network TV Show Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire TV show

The show Chicago Fire premires tonight at nine pm on channel 5. We’d like to know what you think about it.

Chicago Fire TV show

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New Network TV Show Chicago Fire – update

The Chicago Sun-Times has an article today about the upcoming TV show Chicago Fire.


As flames lap at a River North building, Mayor Rahm Emanuel emerges to survey the scene in the pilot for the new NBC drama “Chicago Fire.”

Executive producer Dick Wolf — the force behind the “Law & Order” franchise — personally asked Emanuel to make that cameo.

“I called him up and he said, ‘I don’t know, is that good for the city?’ ” Wolf recalled. “I said, ‘Well, every mayor since [New York’s David] Dinkins has been on the ‘Law & Orders’ and it sure hasn’t hurt New York.”

“Chicago Fire” follows the drama both inside and outside Chicago Firehouse 51, home to the sometimes clashing clans of firefighters, rescue squad members and paramedics.

While shooting the pilot earlier this year in Chicago, the actors spent time training and going on ride-alongs with bona fide first responders. One drill had them entering a sweltering, smoke-filled room wearing 50-some pounds of gear.

hat’s why Wolf and series’ creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, the writing team behind the film “3:10 to Yuma,” brought on Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Steve Chikerotis as a consultant. A lot of the extras are off-duty firefighters, too.

“They’re the only ones who know how to wear the equipment, carry the stuff,” Wolf said. “Hopefully over the course of the show we’re going to give a lot of firefighters some overtime.”

The “Chicago Fire” cast didn’t stick around long after Tuesday’s meeting with TV critics; they had to fly back to Chicago to start filming episode two at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The show premieres Oct. 10.

With a title like “Chicago Fire,” it’s no surprise that battling flames will be an integral part of the show. … But Wolf made it clear this won’t be a fire-of-the-week procedural.

“It’s a character study,” he said. “What we’re trying to do here is a classic, adult, NBC platinum drama.”

What he’s not trying to do: Replicate “Rescue Me,” the critically acclaimed FX series that centered on a New York firefighter (Denis Leary) struggling to cope with the loss of his best friend who died in the 9/11 attacks. That series ended its seven-year run last fall.

“Chicago Fire” also features a death and the subsequent fallout, but Wolf insists that’s where the similarities end.

“Nobody is talking to ghosts” in “Chicago Fire,” he said. “ ‘Rescue Me’ was a brilliant show but it was completely an internal vision. This is really an internal and external vision. It’s a true ensemble as opposed to a single-lead show.”

The complete article can be found HERE.

thanks Chris

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New Network TV Show Chicago Fire – update

Bill Post found a preview trailer for the show Chicago Fire 

It is about one fire station which they are calling Station 55 but in reality it is Engine 18’s new house. It also shows the traditional rivalry between the squad men and the men assigned to the other companies.

Previous posts about the show can be found HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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New Network TV Show Chicago Fire – update

We mentioned HERE that the buggy being used as Battalion 25 for the show Chicago Fire was identified as formerly being assigned to the FACT Team. Bill Friedrich submitted an image of shop #B-490 as lettered for the FACT Team.

Chicago Fire Department FACT TEAM

This unit that was assigned to the CFD FACT Team is being used as Battalion 25 in the new TV show Chicago Fire. Bill Friedrich photo

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New Network TV Show Chicago Fire – update

Dennis McGire, Jr. informs us that:

The Battalion 25 buggy being used in the show Chicago Fire  is a 2003 Ford Explorer, shop #B-490. This was formerly assigned to the Fact Team, which was an EMS team that would go to special events.

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New Network TV Show Chicago Fire – update

One of our readers found a link to an NBC article on the filming of Chicago Fire that includes a gallery of images from the Columbus Avenue scene this week. Looking at the photos will answer several reader questions that have been posed about the apparatus being used as Squad 3 with an unconventional … unique color scheme. Also there is a large blue stripe that has been added to the ambulance.

Tim Olk submitted images of the three suppression rigs being used for the show. Squad 3 is obviously the spare haz mat (G-492, 1989 Spartan Gladiator/Saulsbury) but the shop numbers have been removed from the engine (1995 Spartan/Luverne) and the truck 1995 or 1996 Seagrave). The Ambulance carries shop #C055 which is a 200 Ford/MedicMaster (American LaFrance) that had been assigned to Ambulance 47.

Chicago Fire tv show Squad 3

The CFD spare haz mat unit has acquired a unique paint scheme for inclusion in the TV show Chicago Fire. Shop # G-492, a 1989 Spartan/Saulsbury. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department Haz Mat Unit 511 5-1-1

When Chicago received the Haz Mat unit in 1989, this is what it looked like. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire tv show Engine 51

Engine 51 on the tv show is using this 1995 Spartan/Luverne. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire tv show Truck 81

Truck 81 for the tv show is using this 1995 or 1996 Seagrave aerial. Tim Olk photo

Check it out the NBC5 article HERE.

Thanks Danny

Filming a new TV show Chicago Fire in Chicago

This image of the filming that happened on Wednesday shows that the ambulance being used is shop #C055. This is a 2004 Ford/MedicMaster that was previously assigned to Ambulance 47. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire TV show accident scene

A view of the filming on Columbus Drive showing the very unique Chicago Squad 3. NBC5 photo

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