Rescue Squad 3
Rescue Squad 3
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Rescue Squad 3 is the heavy rescue apparatus assigned to Firehouse 51. Equipped with specialized tools for heavy rescue, it responds to all working fires and calls requiring technical rescue. Squad is staffed by 4-5 firefighters.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Rescue Squad 3 was originally a 1989 Spartan Gladiator / Saulsbury heavy rescue truck bearing the traditional black-over-red paint scheme of the Chicago Fire Department. Prior to being used on the show, it was in service until 2003 as Unit 5-1-1 of the real life Hazardous Incident Team (HIT), which is the Chicago Fire Department's hazardous materials response team. Later on during Seasons 1 and 2, they occasionally switched between the original squad truck and a 1996 HME heavy rescue also owned by the CFD. Finally during mid-Season 2, the show received a 1989 Spartan Gladiator / 3D-Metals heavy rescue truck from the Antioch (IL) Fire Department and had it repainted for the show. The Antioch rig has been used ever since.[1]

Members[edit | edit source]

Current Members[edit | edit source]

Previous Members[edit | edit source]

  • Jose Vargas - Inhaled toxic fumes during a fire and was placed on long term disability.
  • Lt. Eric Whaley - Relief Lieutenant in Season 1
  • Kevin Hadley - Kicked out for pranking Peter Mills, later became an arsonist for revenge-now in prison.
  • Jeff Clarke - Replacement for Hadley, promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Firehouse 25.
  • Peter Mills - Resigned from CFD.
  • Rick Newhouse - Replacement for Clarke, went on vacation to San Diego instead of working and was transferred out.
  • Tommy Welch - Temporary replacement for Newhouse during the leadership of Pat Pridgen.
  • Scott Rice - Replacement for Newhouse. Fired for bailing out during a structure fire.
  • Dallas Patterson (Captain) - Temporarily served as replacement for Severide, promoted to Battalion Chief and transferred to Firehouse 90.
  • Jason Kannell - Transferred to Squad 3 first shift after a brief stint in late-Season 5.

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