Season One of Chicago Fire began on October 10, 2012 with the premiere of the episode Pilot, also known as the series premiere, which got around 6.61 million US viewers. This season consists of 24 episodes. Season 1 concluded on May 22, 2013 with A Hell of a Ride.
Season 1 Summary
Following the death of fellow firefighter Andrew Darden, friendships are damaged and lead to controversy between Lieutenant Severide and Lieutenant Casey. As Severide blames Casey for the death of one of their own, but the wife of the fallen firefighter blames Severide stating "he only wanted to be a firefighter because you did".
Despite everyone's differences, Firehouse 51 comes together after the near death and serious injury of Christopher Herrmann. The new candidate Peter Mills joins the Firehouse, following in his late fathers footsteps. Mills hopes to one day, be a member of Rescue Squad... just like his father.
Paramedic in-charge Gabriela Dawson and Paramedic Leslie Shay are best friends and are assigned to Ambulance 61, which is attached to Firehouse 51. The team face life and death situations on a daily basis and look after each other like family, and all of them would risk their lives to safe a fellow member of the family.
Motto: "Live in the Heat of It..."
- Jesse Spencer as Lieutenant Matthew Casey
- Taylor Kinney as Lieutenant Matthew Casey
- Monica Raymund as Paramedic Gabriela Dawson
- Lauren German as Paramedic Leslie Shay
- Charlie Barnett as Firefighter Peter Mills
- David Eigenberg as Firefighter Christopher Herrmann
- Teri Reeves as Dr. Hallie Thomas
- Eamonn Walker as Battalion Chief Wallace Boden
- Yuri Sardarov as Firefighter Brian "Otis" Zvonecek
- Christian Stolte as Firefigher Randy "Mouch" McHolland
- Joe Minoso as Firefighter Joe Cruz
- Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson
- Jason Beghe as Sergeant Hank Voight
- Shiri Appleby as Clarice Carthage
- Kathleen Quinlan as Nancy Casey
- Sarah Shahi as Renee Royce
- Treat Williams as Benny Severide
- Pouch the Fire Dog as Herself
|[[Pilot]]||Writer: Michael Brandt and Derek Haas||Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff||October 10, 2012||#1x01|
|Firehouse 51 tries to recupperate after a tragic loss of one of their own. The death of Andy Darden causes a rift in Matthew Casey and Kelly Severide 's friendship as they put the blame on each other. They are forced to settle their differences when one of their collegue, Christopher Herrmann , is in the risk of losing his life. Paramedic Gabriela Dawson runs into trouble with her career after trying to save a girl by doing a risky procedure on the field. Peter Mills reports to Firehouse 51 for his first duty as a Firefighter/EMT Candidate. Matthew Casey tries to sort out his bruised relationship with his fiancée, Hallie
|[[Mon Amour]]||Writer: Michael Brandt and Derek Haas||Director: Tom DiCillo||October 17, 2012||#1x02|
|Lt. Kelly severide struggles with an ongoing shoulder injury as he tries to save a construction worker in a collapsed buidling. Still consumed with guilt over colleague Andrew Darden's death, Casey finds out that Darden's widow also blames him for the tragedy. The team rescue two teens trapped in a car and Casey and Hallie have more problems in their shaky relationship.
|[[Professional Courtesy]]||Writer: Matt Olmstead||Director: Joe Chappelle||October 24, 2012||#1x03|
|Lieutenant Casey is forced to make a difficult decision about whether or not he wants to report bad-cop's Detective Voight's son for DUI. Kelly Severide finally makes an appoinment to see the doctor about his injured arm which turns out to be a fractured vertebra. Peter Mills finds that sharing his time between his mom and her restaurant and his own job difficult.
|[[One Minute]]||Writer: Andrea Newman||Director: Gloria Muzio||October 31, 2012||#1x04|
|Chief Boden is accused of leaving a homeless man to die in a warehouse fire after ordering his men to evacuate the scene, creating negative press and bad feeling within the department. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Severide helps an elderly woman facing some neighborhood problems. Detective Voight ramps up his intimidation tactics aimed at Casey in an attempt to discourage him from testifying against his son. Shay is forced to revisit her heartbreak over her ex-girlfriend Clarice, when she finds herself face-to-face with the ex and her husband during a all. Herrmann's temper flares during a rescue call at a Halloween block party.
|[[Hanging On]]||Writer: Marc Dube||Director: Jean de Segonzac||November 7, 2012||#1x05|
|Casey fights back against Det. Voight and ends up dealing with the repercussions, Dawson faces disciplinary action due to on the job conduct, and Severide's arm fails during a rescue on a roof.
|[[Rear View Mirror]]||Writer: Thania St. John||Director: Joe Chappelle||November 14, 2012||#1x06|
|Facing suspension, Dawson gets a hand from the same girl she saved through the procedures that landed her in front of the disciplinary board.
|[[Two Families]]||Writer: Michael Brandt and Derek Haas||Director: Michael Slovis||November 21, 2012||#1x07|
|Everyone in the firehouse is ordered to take a drug test after a call to a daycare center exposes them to a makeshift meth lab, and Severide stalls, not wanting his injury, or the painkillers he takes, to be discovered. Meanwhile, Truck and Squad find themselves pinned down by gunfire while trying to help the victim of a gang shooting, and a deep-fried turkey fire grows from small to explosive when a garage catches fire. Elsewhere, Dawson saves a bleeding man and Casey delivers a baby on the scene of a massive car pileup on the freeway.
|[[Leaving the Station]]||Writer: Bryan Oh||Director: Constantine Makris||December 5, 2012||#1x08|
|At the site of a train accident, Peter Mills becomes deeply upset when he observes the dead body of a young victim. Unable to shake his emotional distress about the event, he questions his future as a firefighter. Dawson and Shay save a 6-year-old girl whose mother is abusing her -- but their confrontation leads the woman to resort to dire actions. Meanwhile, Severide aggravates his injury while rescuing a heart attack victim and Shay sends Clarice, her married, pregnant ex-girlfriend, back home to her husband.
|[[It Ain't Easy]]||Writer: Hilly Hicks, Jr.||Director: Tom DiCillo||December 12, 2012||#1x09|
|After he's injured in a terrible fire at an auto machine shop, Jose Vargas is forced to go on disability and leave his life as a firefighter behind - a task he finds incredibly difficult. Chief Boden tries to help a suspected teenage firebug. Also, Severide receives an enticing invitation from Renee, a woman who he saved from a car crash incident involving live electrical wires. Meanwhile, Cruz tries to save his younger brother Leon from the gang he is involved with.
|[[Merry Christmas, Etc.]]||Writer: Michael Gilvary||Director: Steve Shill||December 19, 2012||#1x10|
|After putting out a kitchen fire in an upscale townhouse, Casey, Herrmann, Mouch, Cruz, Otis and Mills find themselves accused of stealing a $50,000 diamond necklace from the home, touching off an internal investigation. Cruz's brother Leon is caught in the middle of an escalating gang war, leaving Cruz to make a desperate choice to save him. Meanwhile, Dawson invites Casey to her cousin's fancy Christmas party, and a frustrated Shayhas reached her limit with Severide.
|[[God Has Spoken]]||Writer: Andrea Newman and Marc Dube||Director: Dan Sackheim||January 2, 2013||#1x11|
|Eaten up by his guilt over Flaco’s death in the fire, Cruz goes to Casey to confess. While Shay recovers from a head injury sustained in the ambulance crash, Severide asks Dawson for her help in dealing with his own injury. Casey is caught in the middle of a family conflict between his mother and sister. Elsewhere, Herrmann finds a business deal hard to stomach.
|[[Under the Knife]]||Writer: Matt Olmstead and Ryan Rege Harris||Director: Alex Chapple||January 9, 2013||#1x12|
|Severide finally addresses Chief Boden about his injury and makes some important personal decisions about his future. Meanwhile, Casey struggles with family matters and Dawson takes matters into her own hands when she discovers a young girl who is the sole survivor at the scene of a rescue call.
|[[Warm and Dead]]||Writer: Michael Brandt and Derek Haas||Director: Alik Sakharov||January 30, 2013||#1x13|
|A troubled Chief Boden goes to the police when a man dies in a hardware store fire set by Ernie, the troubled teenage firebug he's been trying to help, and his Uncle Ray. Meanwhile, Severide decides on his future and reaches out to his father. Elsewhere, Otis finds camaraderie when he fills in for a few shifts at the slowest firehouse in the city, and makes a decision of his own, while Dawson and Shay find themselves in a bad predicament during a call to a tenement apartment.
|[[A Little Taste]]||Writer: Matt Olmstead and Hilly Hicks, Jr.||Director: Arthur W. Forney||February 6, 2013||#1x14|
|Severide finds that he shares a familiar past with Eric Whaley, the Lieutenant who was brought into the firehouse to help out. Dawson lets Shay in on her secret, while Casey deals with family issues. Meanwhile, a bad batch of heroin on the streets has Boden and the team scrambling, while Clarice and Shay find they have a new problem to overcome.
|[[Nazdarovya!]]||Writer: Andrea Newman||Director: Joe Chappelle||February 13, 2013||#1x15|
|Dawson attempts to help her brother Antonio unravel the details of his drugs-and-gang investigation, and goes behind his back in turning to an unlikely source for assistance. Casey and his mother, Nancy struggle with their new relationship. Meanwhile, as a favor to Lieutenant Whaley, Severide visits someone important from his past, while Herrmann and Otis learn some hard truths about their “silent partner” in the bar.
|[[Viral]]||Writer: Michael Gilvary||Director: Michael Brandt||February 20, 2013||#1x16|
|The anguish that haunts Cruz over his previous actions boils over, as he puts himself and his fellow firefighters in jeopardy. Casey and his sister Christie try to solve their issues with their mother and each other. Meanwhile, Severide reaches out again to an important person from his past as a favor to Lieutenant Whaley and the squad gains new perspective after assisting the bomb squad on an extremely dangerous call.
|[[Better to Lie]]||Writer: Matt Olmstead and Ryan Rege Harris||Director: Joe Chappelle||February 27, 2013||#1x17|
|Old emotional wounds are opened when Lieutenant Severide’s father Bennie comes to town and clashes with Chief Boden over the death of their former colleague. Mills helps a distraught driver who caused an accident and Shay makes a decision about her future with Clarice. Meanwhile, Herrmann, Otis and Dawson (Monica Raymund) get to the bottom of a mystery about their bar.
|[[Fireworks]]||Writer: Tim Talbott||Director: Karen Gaviola||March 20, 2013||#1x18|
|With tensions still running high between Chief Boden and Bennie Severide, things boil over when Mills confronts Bennie about the fire that killed his father. Meanwhile, Severide, Casey and Bennie uncover the truth behind two mysterious diner fires and Shay takes a new direction with her plan to have a baby.
|[[A Coffin That Small]]||Writer: Story by: Steve Chickerotis Teleplay by: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas||Director: Darnell Martin||March 27, 2013||#1x19|
|Tragedy strikes when a rescue attempt at a tenement building proves unsuccessful, leaving the men and women of firehouse 51 affected by the loss of the victim. Severide’s decision to put Mills on the fast track to move from Truck to Squad doesn’t sit well with some of the others and tension mounts between Severide and Casey over Heather Darden. Shay and Dawson are forced to deal with a junkie’s crazy behavior while on a call and Shay considers a different way to have a family. Meanwhile, the team draws the ire of local drug dealers who threaten the peace and safety of the neighborhood and firehouse.
|[[Ambition]]||Writer: Andrea Newman and Michael Gilvary||Director: Arthur W. Forney||April 3, 2013||#1x20|
|Mills finds himself the target of resentment from some colleagues when Severide supports his desire to join Squad. Tara, a paramedic candidate, joins Dawson and Shay on the job for a few shifts. Meanwhile, Shay comes to the aid of Cindy Herrmann, who suffers from pregnancy complications while her husband Christopher is out of town. Elsewhere, Dawson and Casey draw closer as the grand opening of Molly’s draws near, and Casey receives a surprise visit.
|[[Retaliation Hit]]||Writer: Matt Olmstead and Hilly Hicks, Jr.||Director: Jean de Segonzac||May 1, 2013||#1x21|
|Detective Voight returns, looking to collect on the favor that Dawson owes him for helping her brother, Antonio. Casey falls back into old patterns in his personal life, while Dawson, Herrmann and Otis become the proud owners of a real neighborhood bar as Molly's prepares for its grand opening.
|[[Leaders Lead]]||Writer: Dick Wolf & Matt Olmstead||Director: Mike Slovis||May 8, 2013||#1x22|
|A frustrated Severide, turns to an unlikely ally to resolve his current dilemma. Casey begins to find satisfaction in his personal life, while Mills and Dawson face personal challenges. Meanwhile, the squad is called to the scene of a harrowing apartment building collapse.
|[[Let Her Go]]||Writer: Dick Wolf & Matt Olmstead||Director: Joe Chappelle||May 15, 2013||#1x23|
|Events force Lieutenant Casey to team up with the Intelligence Unit, now run by Voight, who doesn’t appear to have changed his crooked ways after his stint in prison. Shay’s excitement at the prospect of becoming a parent grows, while Mills and Dawson face some personal challenges. Meanwhile, the house comes together to support the opening of Molly’s.
|[[A Hell of a Ride]]||Writer: Andrea Newman and Michael Gilvary||Director: Alex Chapple||May 22, 2013||#1x24|
|When a call comes in from the Cook County jail, the squad steps into a volatile predicament and are tasked with trying to defuse an escalating situation. Shay remains hopeful about her baby dreams and Hermann’s wife Cindy goes into labor with their fifth child. Meanwhile, Mills and Dawson face key decisions in their personal lives.
Behind the Scenes
- The series pilot, co-written by creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, was filmed in Chicago and, according to an NBC representative, the series will continue to be filmed there. Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel made an appearance in the series' pilot episode. Emanuel stated: "It's easier being mayor than playing mayor. I told them I'd do it under one condition: the TV show is making an investment to the Firefighters' Widows and Orphans Fund."
- The network placed an order for the series in May 2012. After receiving an additional script order in October, Chicago Fire was picked up for a full season on November 8, 2012. On January 29, 2013, Chicago Fire had its episode total increased from 22 to 23. One week later, on February 6, 2013, Chicago Fire received one more episode, giving it a total of 24 episodes for season one.
- The firehouse shown is Engine 18's Quarters located at 1360 S. Blue Island Ave. between 13th & Racine. Housed here is ALS Engine 18, 2-2-1 (Deputy District Chief - 1st District), 4-5-7 (Paramedic Field Chief - EMS District 7), 6-4-16 (High-Rise Response Unit) & BLS Ambulance 84.
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Anyone have a better idea?