Miranda Rae Mayo and Kara Killmer went to Fire College to train for the show
The cast and crew of NBC’s Chicago fire go to great lengths to make the show appear as realistic as possible. The actors do many of their own stunts, and the staged pyrotechnics are on point.
As with many other shows where actors portray experts, Chicago fire employs consultants who provide their expertise to specific scenes. In addition, several cast members also attended “Fire School” so that they have a basic understanding of real-world firefighting techniques. Many of the series’ OG actors have gone through extensive training. But more recent Chicago fire Newcomers like Miranda Rae Mayo and Kara Killmer also got to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter in real life. Here’s what they had to say about the experience and what goes with it.
Miranda Rae Mayo and Kara Killmer both trained at the Illinois Fire Service Institute for “Chicago Fire”.
In a recent promo video for the series, the wives of Chicago fire sat down to share behind-the-scenes tidbits about what it’s like to work together in part of the One Chicago universe. Mayo, who plays Lieutenant Stella Kidd, joined the cast in 2016. Killmer joined the series in 2014 as paramedic Sylvie Brett and is now the series’ lead paramedic.
In addition to other training, Mayo said that she and Killmer both attended the Illinois Fire Service Institute’s (IFSI) Fire College program to gain a better understanding of what their characters would actually experience.
Affiliated with the University of Illinois, IFSI operates the oldest fire service academy in the country. Every summer, the program trains prospective firefighters for four days. This includes hands-on live fire training and classroom training that teaches proper firefighting techniques.
Mayo said that she and Killmer attended Fire College at different times. But both implied it was an intense experience. “I’m so glad I’m playing a medic,” joked Killmer, laughing.
Mayo was training with veteran Chicago Fire actors when she joined the cast
In addition to her Fire College experience, Mayo said she also trained with Steve Chikerotis, a consulting producer for the show. “Chik,” as the cast calls him, is a retired deputy district chief of the Chicago Fire Department, according to the series’ fan page. “Eamon [Walker] and Jesse [Spencer] came to one of my first training sessions – they were so similar to their roles. It was great,” Mayo said.
Recently added crews haven’t had the same experience, largely because COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are making it harder to shadow crews at real fire stations. Hanako Greensmith, who joined the series in 2020, said she was still gathering information from the paramedics consultants who work with her and Killmer every time they shoot a scene. “It’s not the same as shading, but I definitely get a sense of what her real life is like,” Greensmith said. “It’s very impressive.”
Season 11 could test Stella Kidd and Sylvie Brett in different ways
Mayo and Killmer are now tried and true Chicago fire Veterans with plenty of experience in their roles. The upcoming season 11 premiere will bring a transition for both cast members. Newly married Mayos Kidd finally seals the deal with fellow firefighter Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) in the season 10 finale. However, the season 11 promos depict a standoff during their honeymoon at Severide’s cabin, complete with enemies armed.
In addition, the synopsis for season 11 also hints that another person from Kidd’s past will join the cast this year. According to FanSided, her “former academy classmate” will be joining Station 51.
Meanwhile, Brett will end her relationship with Matt Casey (Spencer) now that he’s more permanently off the show. We’ll see her become more engrossed in her career as this season begins, although Killmer did hint to TV Insider that we might see an “old love” as well.
Chicago fire returns to NBC on Wednesday, September 21 at 9 p.m. EST.
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