The struts did throw me for a loop too. Physics do not apply on TV.
Emergency! remains the only great firefighter show.
I am done with this three ring fiasco. What has done it for me is the absolute BS of a paramedic being able to steal drugs and give the to a firefighter with absolutely no accountability for the drugs. Pure Hollywood fiction that makes us all look so bad that I am put a fork in me done with this show.
Captain Old Timer....Your thinking of Jaime Pressly in Springer's Film. She played Earl's wife on the sitcom .."My Name is Earl"....
I visited Chicago for the very first time this January. I'm 18 and I am very interested by CFD and CPD.
I returned to Chicago in March for a conference and again for the NATO protests to cover CPD.
And I'll be returning this November to cover CFD.
I just think the show, itself, is interesting.
*Candidate is cleaning up while other firefighters are watching TV*
Candidate: "Is it always this slow at night?"
Firefighter: "He did not just say that"
*A second later the bell goes off*
I must admit I loled at this.
This show is not the best but it isnt terrible. It wont win any awards. I know its fictional, but I would love to see a little more realism. Just my .02. "Rescue Me" was good
Me to. One of our probies said something like that and I turned to her and shook my head. We had a call about an hour later :P
everyone here is too uptight. its a TV show made to get ratings. if you look into it any more than that you take yourself way too seriously.
If you knew your fire service history very well, you'd know that the show Emergency! was VERY instrumental in getting Paramedics and EMS established in the fire service in this country. This was a positive effect of TV, Chicago Fire is not.
The entertainment industry thinks people in a certain field are soooooo flattered to have their careers featured on a TV show that they will overlook unrealistic depictions of the work.
And why on earth do these shows have technical advisors when they clearly make no effort to take their advice? Or are their technical advisors just that bad? (I think it's the former.)
The show Chicago Fire was not intended to be an instructional tool or technical exhibition for firefighting and EMS operations. Some of your expectations are so strict that you'd expect the show was sponsored by the NFPA or something. Chicago Fire is a television drama. It's Hollywood people! The moment you lose track of that fact, you are bound to be disappointed.
Do you think ER docs are bitching and moaning about the portrayal of their profession on Grey's Anatomy, House, or ER? There are countless cop shows that depict law enforcement trampling Constitutional rights at every turn...not to mention the ubiquitous car chases and public shoot outs in populated areas. Are cops fussing and bent out of shape about this? Perhaps some are, but I think most of them understand that television is television, and real life is real life.
Someone mentioned that this show could trick the public into believing a lie. Hey, all we can do is our jobs the best we can. As long as we continue to serve the public selflessly and with dignity, public perception won't be an issue. Just relax and enjoy the show.
I'd lay down money that Doc's and Cops ARE bitching about shows about them that don't portray things accurately. Yes they know that TV is TV, but they also know a lot of morons believe what they see on TV. And bad TV shows DO affect what people think and expect of us.
PS, none of us enjoy shows about firefighting that suck.
The public doesn't care whether firefighters wears SCBA in a structure fire, or use a rope to descend into a collapse zone instead of a ground ladder, or whether a medic is really able to detect v-fib with a carotid pulse and so on - only firefighters care. And frankly, it doesn't even matter what they think about those technical things. But that's the majority of the criticism that I see on this thread (e.g., proper SOPs).
Now, I can see where you might get annoyed with the high school like antics between the men and women on the show (e.g., sexing in the closet, stealing meds, etc.). But again, any TV SHOW these days are going to over-dramatize things for the sake of ratings. PERIOD. As far as I'm concerned, there will never be a fair and accurate depiction of firefighting and the firehouse dynamic as long as RATINGS determine if a show stays on the air. I understand that you don't like it. But stop nit-picking every thing you see, as if you expected it to be different. If so, then you my friend are the IGNORANT one.
The ignorant ones in this conversation are not the posters, they are the TV audiences who will watch this show and think:
1. If someone is impaled on something, pull it out.
2. If your house is on fire, there won't be much smoke, so go ahead and try to extinguish it.
3. If someone has been in a car wreck and has a big fat gash on their forehead, tell them to turn their head.
4. If paramedics want to utilize their drugs for non-EMS purposes, there's no way anyone will notice.
5. Firefighters are a bunch of horny dopehead egomaniacs who can't get along, and they are not worth your tax dollars.
THAT is what is wrong with the show. Perceptions like those are real, the show DOES create them in some people, and it DOES do harm when that happens.