Chicago Fire ‘Groupie’ Tour

Summary

Background Reading

An Unexpected Invitation

The Infamous Chicago Fire "Equipment Room"

The Infamous Chicago Fire “Equipment Room”

So if you watch Chicago Fire you probably recognize the names of most of these characters:

  • Jesse Spencer as Lieutenant Matthew Casey, the leader of Truck 81. He has a side job as a contractor.
  • Taylor Kinney as Lieutenant Kelly Severide, the leader of Rescue Squad 3.
  • Charlie Barnett as Firefighter Candidate Peter Mills, who is on Truck 81. Following in the footsteps of his father, Peter hopes to one day join the Rescue Squad. He has a sister and mother who run a family restaurant following his father’s death.
  • Monica Raymund as Paramedic in Charge Gabriela Dawson of Ambulance 61.
  • Lauren German as Paramedic Leslie Elizabeth Shay of Ambulance 61. She and Kelly Severide share an apartment as roommates.
  • Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden as Battalion 25, a scarred veteran of the fire department. Chief Boden has unwavering dedication to the firefighters under him and has earned their loyalty and respect.
  • David Eigenberg as Firefighter Christopher Herrmann of Truck 81.
  • Teri Reeves as Doctor Hallie Thomas (Episodes 1-7), a resident at Lakeshore Hospital and Matt’s former fiancée.

Today we met the real life counterpart of Kelly Severide. His name is Lt. Mike Fitzpatrick and he was kind enough to offer a tour of Engine Co. 18 which in the television series is dubbed Engine Co. 51. Their mascot is a goat in the television series.

The way it all went down was like this. We were on our way into the city from the western suburbs. I had planned the last time we drove in to visit the fire house that is the fictional home of the group in Chicago Fire. It was last year when we were doing a self-guided tour of the Little Italy area that we stumbled upon the fire house. And then when the series began it was “like deja vu all over again”.

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I had pulled into the driveway of the Engine Company 18 and was taking a picture and noticed a firefighter looking at us through the doorway. I drove around to the other side of the station and did the same. Only this time that same fellow (Lt. Mike Fitzpatrick) called over and asked if we wanted to come in and have a tour. You betcha!

And so beyond my wildest dreams I was touring the very company who internal scenes I knew by heart having faithfully watched the show since its inception. I felt like a school girl in the presence of the cast of her favorite show. Only this was way cooler (at least for me).

The station is itself fairly new and quite modern looking both inside and out. And as Lt. Mike Fitzpatrick said because it is a public building the public has the right to expect tours. Cyclists who tour cross country have known this sort of thing for years. Often time a firehouse is the only place in town to get a bathroom break. So it was great news to know that his courtesy was extended even to urban dwellers in big cities.

Chicago should be proud of this station and the great job the television series is doing in promoting our fair city. After our tour we said our goodbyes and offered up much thanks before heading north to Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park where I gushed like that proverbial schoolgirl about our tour of the famous firehouse.