Chicago Fire – new TV drama – my rant

Oct. 28/2012 Chicago Fire, the new drama on TV, seen it?  Don’t.  I really don’t think there are any fire service consultants on the set.  Most Canadian fire services adopted the Command and Control structure from Americans.

CF has no command structure (search & rescue, ventilation, recon, etc.) at emergencies that I can see, except a white-shirted chief does show up and sort of tells the men what to do–sort of.  No indication there are other units anywhere for backup.

There’s no visual indicators at a emerg. scene to ID officers.  Little or no communication as they don’t appear to talk on their portable radios much, if at all.

Anyhow, I counted four different clothing types: shirts with shoulder patches, another shirt with different shoulder patches, polo shirts, and T-shirts.  There are no epaulet stripes to signify officers.  Last night a polo-shirted firefighter went into a bar across the street to meet a cop–on duty!

The most handsome firefighter has a four day growth of stubble that wouldn’t get a seal with a face piece.  A leaky face piece ain’t fun in a smoke-charged room.  Prepare for death, hot shot.

They don’t appear to get in their gear until they get on scene, which counters any sort of ‘fast attack’.  Slack-ass firefighters like that wouldn’t get through their probationary period with Edmonton Fire Rescue Service or most others.

There’s smaller stuff, too, like references to a quicker road to promotion via riding a specific truck.  What!?  Can this be true?  You want to get promoted you’d better ride all the rigs to get an understanding of their operations before you go to the academy to write for an officer.  As for the intimidation of a cop to get a FF ‘s witness statement back–good luck, pal.  Once your  paperwork (run report) is submitted and leaves the dept, would take a lot of effort to haul it back and change it.  Once a firefighter works 10 and 12 hour shifts they don’t often return to the station to hang out.

I hope the real CFD isn’t as badly run.