‘Chicago Fire’: Is Stella Kidd’s Girls on Fire Program a Real Thing?

by Anna Dunn

Chicago Fire’s Stella Kidd has a big mission this season, even if that means we aren’t seeing her on-screen as much. Kidd is traveling around with a program called Girls on Fire. It’s something she really cares about and encourages women to enter firefighting careers.

But is the program real, or just a fictional thing on Chicago Fire?

Girls on fire is actually a real program in Australia. According to its website, Girls on fire is “an incorporated association that provides firefighting and resilience programs for girls and young women.”

The program is independent of any single firefighting organization. It’s in partnership with a bunch of different groups. These groups include Forestry Corporation of NSW, NSW State Emergency Service, NSW, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

A woman named Bonnie Mackintosh founded the program. This was a way to help young girls become active members of their communities.

“We teach community resilience so participants can make an active contribution to help their communities prepare or recover from fire and other emergencies,” Mackintosh has explained.

Girls on Fire aims to encourage women to pursue firefighting, which is a male-dominated career. It’s something many female firefighters, including Chicago Fire’s Stella Kidd. There’s also several other programs dedicated to teaching women firefighting skills.

The ‘Chicago Fire’ Character’s Passion for The Program May Put Her Job in Jeopardy

Kidd has a deep passion for the program. She is spending some time away to travel with it but unfortunately, this has spelled trouble for her career. Her absence means that her job, and the promotion that could be given to her left behind by Matt Casey, is in jeopardy.

It’s also hard to tell when she’ll be back to the show. She’s missed multiple character departures and entries.

There’s a ton going on at home that she simply can’t be a part of while on the road. Her return will definitely signal the start of a new era on Chicago Fire. The question of who’s going to replace Matt Casey can finally get some answers.

While it’s unclear when exactly Kidd will return, showrunner Derek Haas told TV Line that she would be back “before the end of this calendar year.” But he noted, just as fans are fearing, that that potential promotion for her might be in jeopardy.

“Whether or not Stella will be Lieutenant of Truck 81 now that Casey has left is going to be a hot topic of conversation through this next batch of episodes — whether they’re going to hold a spot for her while she’s off doing her good work for Girls on Fire,” Haas continued.

If you want to watch episodes of Chicago Fire, the series airs on Wednesday nights at 9/8 Central on NBC after Chicago Med and before Chicago PD.