Hometown Firefighters Teach Future ‘Chicago Fire’ Actor About Life as a Rookie

by Anna Dunn
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Recently, some firefighters from Lubbock, Texas taught a local actor about what life is like as a rookie. In fact, A lot of Chicago Fire actors have a lot of experience learning from and talking to firefighters about the ins and outs of the job. And this is the case for Ynez Spencer, who is set to join Chicago Fire next month.

The future Chicago Fire got some lessons from the Lubbock firefighters about day-to-day life. According to Firerescue1, Captain Phillip Grandon talked about how he wanted to make sure the Lubbock local knew the differences between TV and reality.

“A show is not the same as real life. I did want him to know when a rookie shows up to the fire station, this is what they do. It’s a lot of work. You’re the new guy,” he says. Just like with any place where you’re the new person, you have to work crazy hard to prove yourself. And in a job like firefighting, those stakes are pretty high.

“You’re having to prove yourself to the other crew members with a lot of little trivial things. As a rookie, are you willing to be humble to do all these trivial things really well,” he continued.

Grandon also wanted to work with the actor because he loves the idea that shows like Chicago Fire could get people interested in firefighting. The show definitely has moments that encourage people to get involved, and even features a real-life program, Girls on Fire.

“Who knows who’s going to be inspired by this. Some young person out there who watches the show could say they want to look more into this. That’s what it’s about,” he said.

Ynez Spencer Will Join the ‘Chicago Fire’ Cast after a Big Exit

Additionally, Chicago Fire just saw a major actor leave the cast. While Spencer isn’t set to replace him, the cast is definitely shuffling around. Matt Casey actor Jesse Spencer left the series in a shocking exit. The actor had been with the cast for ten years and decided it was time to move on to new projects and spend time with family.

Meanwhile, replacing Jesse Spencer right now is Brett Dalton, who plays Lieutenant Jason Pelham. Right now, Pelham is only temporary. Who will permanently replace Spencer is going to be a major plotline going forward. It’s always difficult when a new person exists in a cast that’s been together for years.

But fan reception seems mostly positive. However, In a long-running show, a positive reception to a new character is very hard to get. People tend to like what they are familiar with.

If you want to catch Chicago Fire, it airs every Wednesday night following Chicago Med at 9/8 Central.

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