‘Chicago Fire’: Character on ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Would Be Perfect for a Crossover That Will Never Happen

by Megan Molseed

Regional connections are often super important. And, it is exactly this type of connection the 9-1-1 series takes into account when developing characters that make us think about how fun it would be to see a cross-over event with Chicago Fire!

In a recent interview, 9-1-1 Lone Star actor Brian Michael Smith discusses the reason his character on the popular FOX television series hasn’t yet picked up a Texas drawl or accent.

“My character is from Chicago,” the actor explains. Smith goes on to note that this is something easy for him to portray since he, himself, is also from the same area.

“I’m out of the Midwest, too,” the Paul Strickland actor continues.

“So I don’t have to adopt any kind of Texas accent or anything like that,” he says. “It worked out kind of nice.”

Could the idea of seeing a crossover event featuring one 9-1-1 Lone Star Texas firefighter hero as he returns to his midwest roots be possible?

It would certainly be intriguing to see the 9-1-1: Lone Star players and the Chicago Fire players come together in a special episode.

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Explains How the Field Works

During the interview, Smith explains how the 9-1-1 showrunners are keeping true to the way a career such as firefighting usually works for those working in the field.

According to Smith, finding a position in the field can be a complicated task.

So, many of those seeking to build a career in the field are often ready to move across the country to find work.

“There are a lot of people who apply, there are a lot of firefighters who take the test,” explains Brian Michael Smith of the true journey many people in his character’s position face as they begin a career in the heroic field.

“But the jobs are so few and far between that sometimes you have to wait a few years before you can actually be hired,” the 9-1-1 Lone Star actor continues. “So it’s not uncommon at all for firefighters to move around to different areas, where they can actually find the work.”

With all of this in mind, wouldn’t this make an awesome premise for a 9-1-1 Lone Star and Chicago Fire crossover event?!

It Would Certainly Be An Amazing Cross-Over Event!

Maybe one of the Chicago Fire players would know Brian Michael Smith’s Paul Strickland, and he shows up at the One Chicago fire station for a quick visit?

Or, maybe, Smith’s Strickland is just visiting his home city, and some tragedy strikes, prompting the first responder to join the Chicago Fire team, helping wherever he can.

These are all intriguing ideas, but a crossover such as this is very unlikely to happen. Because of the fact that the two franchises air on entirely different networks, 9-1-1 on FOX, and Fire on NBC, this idea is one that will only stay in our “wish” category.

While we love them all, the characters from the Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuck, and Tim Minear 9-1-1 and 9-1-1 Lone Star franchise will not likely ever crossover with the Dick Wolf creations such as One Chicago’s Chicago Fire.

That’s okay, of course. But, it certainly doesn’t hurt to dream though, does it?