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Chicago Fire Got Some Backlash From Real Firefighters When The Show First Premiered

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In a Reddit AMA thread, Chicago Fire co-creator Derek Haas reflected on real firefighters’ reactions to the series. He said: “There were some after the pilot who complained that the show wasn’t realistic enough. I think we’ve gained a lot of them over the weeks. It’s fair to criticize. We do our best best to portray them as realistically as possible while still telling compelling stories.”

Reddit user fireman50, a firefighter with over 30 years of experience, commended Haas for creating a show that allows friends and family to better understand what the job is like.

In an interview with GQ, firefighter Gregory Shepherd reacted to a “Chicago Fire” clip showing a car crashing into a truck full of propane tanks. Shepherd has had some criticism, such as when the department uses the fire engine to get the car to safety before the inevitable explosion. “The best way to combat this situation would be to get water on the tanks, cool them down and that will limit the risk of them actually exploding,” he explained. “That’s what I would at least try before jerking a two-ton cart with someone with head or neck trauma.”

Overall, Shepherd decided, “I think ‘Chicago Fire’ had a good understanding of what we could do, but they added a little too much Hollywood to that.”

However, it must be noted that “Chicago Fire” is not just “Hollywood”. In fact, his actors trained with members of the Chicago Fire Department (via ET). It also helps that cast member Tony Ferraris is a Chicago-based firefighter that Haas often consults with (via Wolf Entertainment). Ferraris praised the show for portraying life as a firefighter, particularly the camaraderie that was formed at the firehouse.



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