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Chicago Fire Department (CFD)
Chicago CFD Logo.png
"We're There When You Need Us"
Operational Area
CountryUnited States
State Illinois
CityChicago
Agency Overview
EstablishedAugust 2, 1858
Annual calls~500,000
Employees5,143
CommissionerJose A. Santiago
IAFF2
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions5
Battalions24
Stations98 (Including 1 Fireboat Station)
Engines97
Trucks61
Squads4
Helicopters2
Fireboats2
Ambulances60 ALS & 15 BLS
HAZMAT2
EMS LevelALS & BLS
Website
www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cfd.html
www.iaff-local2.org
 
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Chicago Fire Department (CFD)
Chicago CFD Logo.png
"We're There When You Need Us"
Operational Area
CountryUnited States
State Illinois
CityChicago
Agency Overview
EstablishedAugust 2, 1858
Annual calls~500,000
Employees5,143
CommissionerJose A. Santiago
IAFF2
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions5
Battalions24
Stations98 (Including 1 Fireboat Station)
Engines97
Trucks61
Squads4
Helicopters2
Fireboats2
Ambulances60 ALS & 15 BLS
HAZMAT2
EMS LevelALS & BLS
Website
www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cfd.html
www.iaff-local2.org

The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) provides fire suppression and emergency medical services to the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States, under the jurisdiction of the Mayor of Chicago. The Chicago Fire Department is the third largest municipal fire department in the United States after the New York City Fire Department and Cal Fire, as measured by sworn personnel. It is also one of the oldest major organized fire departments in the nation.

The Chicago Fire Department is led by the Fire Commissioner, who is currently Jose A. Santiago. The Fire Commissioner is appointed by the Mayor. The Fire Commissioner is assisted by the First Deputy Commissioner, who is currently Charles Stewart III, who oversees the department's bureaus. There are currently four bureaus under the First Deputy Commissioner: Operations, Fire Prevention, Administrative Services & Logistics.

The Chicago Fire Department receives over 500,000 emergency calls annually.

The Chicago Fire Department cooperated with film director Ron Howard on making the 1991 film Backdraft, starring Kurt Russell, William Baldwin and Robert De Niro.

Organization[edit]

Chicago firefighters responding to a call on Michigan Ave. wearing pre-2006 turnout gear.

Rank Structure[edit]

Fire Suppression & Rescue Division[edit]

The following positions are appointed by the Fire Commissioner:

Emergency Medical Services[edit]

The following position are appointed by the Fire Commissioner:

Bureaus[edit]

Operations[edit]

The Bureau of Operations is the largest Bureau within the Chicago Fire Department. The Bureau of Operations commands the following Divisions: Fire Suppression & Rescue, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Special Operations, and the Office of Fire Investigation (O.F.I.). The Bureau of Operations is composed of over 4,500 Firefighters and Paramedics and is commanded by a Deputy Fire Commissioner.[1]

Administrative Services[edit]

The Bureau of Administrative Services commands the following Divisions: Personnel, Training, the Photo Unit, and the Employee Assistance Program. Administrative Services is commanded by a Deputy Fire Commissioner.[2]

Support Services[edit]

The Bureau of Support Services commands the following Divisions: Support & Logistics(EMS), Equipment & Supply, Building & Property Management, Record, and Management Information Systems/Technology. Support Services is commanded by a Deputy Fire Commissioner.

Fire Prevention[edit]

The Bureau of Fire Prevention commands the following Divisions: Code Compliance and Inspections. Fire Prevention is commanded by a Deputy Fire Commissioner.[3]

Employee Relations[edit]

The Bureau of Employee Relations commands the following Divisions: Labor Relations, Staff/Human Relations, the Pension Board, and Regulatory Compliance. Employee Relations is commanded by a Deputy Fire Commissioner.[4]

Fire Station and Apparatus Locations[edit]

CFD Truck Co. 58
CFD Haz-Mat. Incident Team 5-1-1

The Chicago Fire Department is organized into 5 Districts, which command a total of 24 Battalions and a Special Operations Battalion.[5][6]

(*) Denotes an Advanced Life Support (Paramedic-staffed) company. All CFD Engines, Trucks, and Ambulances are Basic Life Support (EMT-staffed) units at a minimum.

North Fire Division[edit]

The 1st and 2nd Districts are commanded by the Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner of the North Fire Division (2-1-10).

1st District[edit]

The 1st District commands a total of 7 Battalions and the Special Operations Battalion (5-1-5).

1st Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 1*Aerial Tower 1Ambulance 41*419 S. Wells St.
Engine 2 (Fireboat "Christopher Wheatley")6-8-8 (Fast Boat "Eugene Blackmon")250 N. Breakwater Access
Engine 13*Truck 66-8-6 (Dep. Dist. Chief - SCUBA), 4-5-1 (Paramedic Field Chief - 1st EMS Dist.), 6-8-7 (SCUBA Team Unit)Battalion 1259 N. Columbus Dr.
Engine 42Truck 3Ambulance 42*, Ambulance 93Squad 1, 2-7-1 (Command Van)55 W. Illinois St.
Engine 98*Ambulance 11*202 E. Chicago Ave.
2nd Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 8*Truck 4Ambulance 85Battalion 2212 W. Cermak Rd.
Engine 16Ambulance 35*4-4-12 (Asst. Dep. Chief Paramedic - Field Division South), 5-1-0 (Dep. Dist. Chief - Haz-Mat.), 5-1-1 (Haz-Mat. Incident Team 1), 5-1-1A (Haz-Mat. Incident Team Aux. Unit), 5-1-11 (Haz-Mat. Mobile Lab)53 E. Pershing Rd.
Engine 19*Truck 11Ambulance 4*3421 S. Calumet Ave.
Engine 29*3509 S. Lowe Ave.
3rd District[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 4*Tower Ladder 105-6-1 (Jump Bag/Trash Pump Unit), 6-2-4 (Dry Chemical Unit)548 W. Division St.
Engine 14Truck 19Ambulance 53*5-2-2 (Collapse Rescue Lumber Unit)Battalion 31129 W. Chicago Ave.
Engine 22Ambulance 43*5-3-0 (Haz-Mat. Decon. Unit)605 W. Armitage Ave.
Engine 30*1125 N. Ashland Ave.
6-4-0 (Dep. Dist. Chief - Breathing Apparatus), 6-4-4 (Breathing Apparatus Bottle Truck), 6-4-5 (Breathing Apparatus Bottle Truck), 6-4-6 (Breathing Apparatus Bottle Truck)1044 N. Orleans St.
4th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 5Truck 2*Ambulance 28*5-2-1 (Collapse Rescue Unit)5-1-5 (Special Ops. Battalion)324 S. Des Plaines St.
Engine 18*Ambulance 842-2-1 (Dep. Dist. Chief, 1st Dist.), 4-5-7 (Paramedic Field Chief - 7th EMS Dist.), 6-4-16 (High-Rise Unit)1360 S. Blue Island Ave.
Engine 23*Tower Ladder 58-8-4 (Mass Casualty Unit)Battalion 41915 S. Damen Ave.
Engine 26*Truck 7Ambulance 45*6-1-2 (Hose Wagon), 6-3-1 (High Expansion Foam Unit)10 N. Leavitt St.
Engine 10325 S. Laflin St.
12th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 35Truck 28Ambulance 816-6-1 (Reserve Snorkel)1901 N. Damen Ave.
Engine 43*Ambulance 3*2179 N. Stave St.
Engine 44Truck 36*Ambulance 834-4-11 (Asst. Deputy Chief Paramedic - Field Division North)412 N. Kedzie Ave.
Engine 57*Ambulance 44*Battalion 121244 N. Western Ave.
13th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 95*Truck 26Ambulance 10*Battalion 134001 W. West End Ave.
Engine 96Truck 29*439 N. Waller Ave.
Engine 113*Ambulance 23*5212 W. Harrison St.
Engine 117*Tower Ladder 14Ambulance 15*4-5-4 (Paramedic Field Chief - 4th EMS Dist.)4900 W. Chicago Ave.
14th Battaion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 38*Truck 484-6-6 (24 Hr. Supervising Fire Marshall), 4-6-7 (24 Hr. Fire Marshall), 4-6-8 (24 Hr. Fire Marshall), 4-6-9 (24 Hr. Fire Marshall)3958 W. 16th St.
Engine 99Ambulance 863042 S. Kedvale Ave.
Engine 107Ambulance 33*8-8-11 (EMS Treatment/Oxygen Bus), 9-2-1(Smoke Ejector Unit)1101 S. California Ave.
Engine 109Truck 32*Ambulance 34*Battalion 142343 S. Kedzie Ave.

2nd District[edit]

5th Battation[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 55*Truck 448-8-2 (Mass Casualty Unit)Battalion 52714 N. Halsted St.
Engine 562214 W. Barry Ave.
Engine 78*Ambulance 6*1052 W. Waveland Ave.
Engine 112Tower Ladder 21Ambulance 804-5-2 (Paramedic Field Chief - 2nd EMS Dist.), 2-7-2 (Command Van)3801 N. Damen Ave.
7th Battalion[edit]
Quarters of Engine 7, Truck 58, Ambulance 7 at 4911 W. Belmont Ave.
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 7Truck 58*Ambulance 7*4911 W. Belmont Ave.
Engine 76*Truck 35Ambulance 52*1747 N. Pulaski Rd.
Engine 91*Squad 2, 5-2-6 (Tunnel Rescue Unit)Battalion 72827 N. Pulaski Rd.
Engine 106*Truck 13Ambulance 48*4-0-1 (Support Service Canteen 1), 9-2-3 (Mobile Ventilation Unit)3401 N. Elston Ave.
8th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 68*Ambulance 825-7-2 (Rehab. Unit)5258 W. Grand Ave.
Engine 86Truck 57Ambulance 20*3918 N. Harlem Ave.
Engine 945758 W. Grace St.
Engine 125*Truck 53Battalion 82323 N. Natchez Ave.
9th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 59*, Engine 70Truck 47*Ambulance 13*Battalion 96030 N. Clark St.
Engine 71*6239 N. California Ave.
Engine 83*Truck 22Ambulance 31*9-1-3 (Light Wagon)1200 W. Wilson Ave.
Engine 102*Truck 25Ambulance 56*7340 N. Clark St.
10th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 694017 N. Tripp Ave.
Engine 89Truck 56Ambulance 46*3945 W. Peterson Ave.
Engine 110Truck 12*Ambulance 40*2322 W. Foster Ave.
Engine 124*Truck 38Ambulance 32*5-6-2 (Jump Bag/Trash Pump Unit)Battalion 104426 N. Kedzie Ave.
11th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 11*Truck 9Ambulance 2*4-0-7 (Salvation Army Canteen)5343 N. Cumberland Ave.
Engine 79*Ambulance 924-5-3 (Paramedic Field Chief - 3rd EMS Dist.)6424 N. Lehigh Ave.
Engine 108*Tower Ladder 23Ambulance 47*2-2-2 (Dep. Dist. Chief - 2nd Dist.), 6-7-3 (Deluge Unit)4559 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Engine 119Truck 55*Ambulance 39*Battalion 116030 N. Avondale Ave.

South Fire Division[edit]

The 5th and 6th Districts are commanded by the Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner for the South Fire Division (2-1-12).

5th District[edit]

15th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 28Truck 8Ambulance 19*6-3-2 (Bulk Foam Carrier Unit), 9-1-5 (Light Wagon)2528 S. Throop St.
Engine 39*Battalion 151618 W. 33rd Pl.
Engine 49*Truck 33Ambulance 872-7-3 (Command Van), 5-7-1 (Rehab. Unit)4401 S. Ashland Ave.
Engine 65*Truck 52Ambulance 883002 W. 42nd St.
16th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 32Truck 60*Ambulance 12*5555 S. Narragansett Ave.
Engine 34*Tower Ladder 54Ambulance 21*4034 W. 47th St.
Engine 127*Ambulance 54*6-5-1 (ARFF Crash Unit), 6-5-2 (ARFF Crash Unit), 6-3-4 (Portable Stairway Unit), 6-3-7 (Mini-Pumper), 8-8-6 (Mass Casualty Unit)Battalion 165200 W. 63rd St.
17th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 45Truck 15Ambulance 57*4602 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Engine 60*Tower Ladder 37Ambulance 38*8-8-12 (EMS Transport Bus)Battalion 171150 E. 55th St.
Engine 63Truck 16Ambulance 894-5-8 (Paramedic Field Chief - 8th EMS Dist.)1440 East 67th Street.
18th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 47*Truck 30Ambulance 55*5-6-3 (Jump Bag/Trash Pump Unit), 8-8-3 (Mass Casualty Unit)432 E. Marquette Rd.
Engine 54*Truck 20Ambulance 14*Battalion 187101 S. Parnell Ave.
Engine 84*Truck 51Ambulance 36*2-2-5 (Dep. Dist. Chief - 5th Dist.)21 W. 59th St.
Engine 122*Ambulance 24*2-7-4 (Command Van), 4-0-9 (Salvation Army Canteen)101 E. 79th St.
19th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 50*Truck 18Ambulance 1*5000 S. Union Ave.
Engine 88*4-5-5 (Paramedic Field Chief - 5th EMS Dist.), 4-0-6 (Salvation Army Canteen)3637 W. 59th St.
Engine 116*Ambulance 49*Squad 55955 S. Ashland Ave.
Engine 123*Tower Ladder 39Ambulance 8*9-2-2 (Smoke Ejector)Battalion 192215 W. 51st St.
20th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 15Truck 59Ambulance 18*Battalion 208028 S. Kedzie Ave.
Engine 64*Truck 31Ambulance 27*7659 S. Pulaski Rd.
Engine 101Truck 41*Ambulance 58*, Ambulance 949-1-5 (Light Wagon)2250 W. 69th St.
Engine 129*Truck 50Ambulance 30*8120 S. Ashland Ave.

6th District[edit]

21st Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 73*8630 S. Emerald Ave.
Engine 92Truck 45*Ambulance 17*3112 W. 111th St.
Engine 120*Ambulance 9111035 S. Homewood Ave.
Engine 121*Truck 40*4-5-6 (Paramedic Field Chief - 6th EMS Dist.)Battalion 211700 W. 95th St.
Truck 24*Ambulance 29*10400 S. Vincennes Ave.
22nd Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 62*Truck 27Battalion 2234 E. 114th St.
Engine 75Ambulance 5*11958 S. State St.
Engine 80Truck 62Ambulance 51*4-0-2 (Support Service Canteen 2)12701 S. Doty Ave.
Engine 93*Ambulance 60*330 W. 104th St.
Engine 115*11940 S. Peoria St.
23rd Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 46*Truck 17Ambulance 9*6-2-5 (Dry Chemical Unit)3027 E. 93rd St.
Engine 72*Tower Ladder 34Ambulance 22*Battalion 237974 S. South Chicago Ave.
Engine 82*Truck 42Ambulance 37*817 E. 91st St.
Engine 126*Truck 49Ambulance 50*7313 S. Kingston Ave.
24th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 74*10615 S. Ewing Ave.
Engine 81Ambulance 902-2-6 (Dep. Dist. Chief - 6th Dist.), 6-1-1 (Hose Wagon)10458 S. Hoxie Ave.
Engine 97*13359 S. Burley Ave.
Engine 104Truck 61Ambulance 25*6-7-6 (Deluge Unit), 6-8-10 (Rescue Boat)Battalion 2411659 S. Ave. O

Airport Operations Division[edit]

The 3rd District is commanded by the Airport Operations Division District Chief (2-1-23).

3rd District[edit]

6th Battalion[edit]
Engine CompanyTruck CompanyAmbulanceSpecial UnitBattalionAddress
Engine 9*Ambulance 59*Squad 7 (Heavy Rescue), Squad 7A (Mini-Pumper), 2-2-3 (Dist. Chief, Airport Ops.), 5-7-3 (Rehab. Unit), 8-8-1A (Mass Casualty/EMS Support Unit), 9-2-4(Mobile Ventilation Unit)O'Hare Rescue Station # 3
Engine 10*Ambulance 16*6-3-5 (Portable Stairway Unit), 6-5-4 (ARFF Crash Unit), 6-5-5 (ARFF Crash Unit)O'Hare Rescue Station # 2
Engine 12Tower Ladder 63*Ambulance 26*2-7-8 (Airport Command Van), 5-1-2 (Haz-Mat. Unit), 6-5-3 (ARFF Crash Unit), 6-5-7 (ARFF Crash Unit), 6-5-7R (Reserve ARFF Crash Unit), 6-5-8 (ARFF Crash Unit), 6-5-10 (ARFF Crash Unit), 8-8-1(Mass Casualty Unit)O'Hare Rescue Station # 1
6-5-9 (Reserve ARFF Crash Unit)Battalion 6O'Hare Rescue Station # 4

Out of Service Fire Companies[edit]

Below is a list of fire companies that have been placed out of service through the history of the Chicago Fire Department.

Apparatus[edit]

CFD 1st Battalion Chief's SUV
CFD Tower Ladder Co. 10

Apparatus Profile (2014)[edit]

The Chicago Fire Department operates a total fire apparatus fleet of the following:[7][8]

Fire Companies[edit]

Command Units and Chiefs[edit]

Special and Support Units[edit]

EMS Units[edit]

Communications[edit]

The Chicago Fire Department operates two fire alarm frequencies: Main and Englewood. Main covers the city north of the South Branch of the Chicago River and Englewood covers the city south of the South Branch of the Chicago River, the 2 EMS frequencies are mirrored in both name and boundaries. The separate designations are from when the Englewood Fire Alarm office was located at 64th & Wentworth St, and the Main Fire Alarm Office which was located on the 5th floor of Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. Both offices merged into one location at the city's 911 Center in 1996, located at Madison and Laflin streets.

Alarm Assignments[edit]

Still Alarms[edit]

A Still Alarm, is the basic structure fire response protocol of the Chicago Fire Department. The term "Still Alarm" came about upon the advent of telephones becoming more prevalent in reporting emergencies. The alarm office's register that received the signals from the actual fireboxes would remain "still" when someone reported a fire or emergency via telephone. The Still & Box is either transmitted by companies upon arrival at the scene when needed or due to multiple reports or confirmation of a fire. If there is a confirmed fire, the Still & Box Assignment may be added to the "Still" or "High-Rise Still" assignment upon request of the ranking officer on the scene. The Rapid Intervention Team (R.I.T.) Response is sent when the "Still" becomes a working fire, or upon request. The Mayday Assignment is used when firefighters operating on the scene of any emergency become lost, trapped or are discovered to be missing. Any member of the Chicago Fire Department of any rank or title operating on the scene of an emergency is authorized to call for a Mayday response if they so feel the need.

Alarm TypeAlarm LevelEngines AssignedTrucks AssignedTower Ladders AssignedSquads AssignedBattalion Chiefs AssignedDeputy District Chiefs AssignedAmbulances AssignedParamedic Field Chiefs AssignedSpecial Units Assigned
Still Alarm1st Alarm221(Still)
Working FireWorking Fire (Upgrade)1 (R.I.T.)11 (R.I.T.)2 ALS (1 Standby)1 (R.I.T.)1 Command Van
Still Alarm in a High-Rise Building1st Alarm45 (1 R.I.T.)14 (1 Still, 1 R.I.T., 1 Fire Attack, 1 High-Rise)2 ALS (1 R.I.T.)11 Command Van
Mayday Alert1st Alarm, Mayday Alert (Box or 2-11 Auto Upgrade)1 (R.I.T.)13 ALS (1 R.I.T.)1 (R.I.T.)1 Air Mask Unit, 1 Light Wagon, Collapse Team (Engine 5, Truck 2, 5-2-1)
Full Still Alarm1st Alarm, Working Fire in Red "X" Building23 (1 R.I.T.)14 (1 Still, 1 R.I.T., 1 Safety, 1 Special Ops. 5-1-5)12 ALS (1 R.I.T., 1 Standby)1 (R.I.T.)1 Command Van, 1 O.F.I. Unit

Box Alarms[edit]

Box Alarms are the other main assignment utilized by the Chicago Fire Department. A Box Alarm is the standard protocol response for fire alarm activations in a hospital, nursing home, theater or other potentially high risk structure. If the fire is reported to have persons trapped or the Fire Alarm Office receives numerous calls for the same location, then a "Still & Box Alarm" is automatically transmitted by Fire Alarm Office.

Alarm TypeAlarm LevelEngines AssignedTrucks AssignedTower Ladders AssignedSquads AssignedBattalion Chiefs AssignedDeputy District Chiefs AssignedAmbulances AssignedParamedic Field Chiefs AssignedSpecial Units Assigned
Box Alarm1st Alarm421 (Box)
Still & Box Alarm1st Alarm or Box (Upgrade)43 (1 R.I.T.)114 (1 Box, 1 Safety, 1 R.I.T., 1 Fire Attack)12 ALS (1 R.I.T.)2 (1 R.I.T.)1 Command Van, 1 O.F.I. Unit
Still & Box Alarm in a High-Rise Building1st Alarm, Box (Upgrade)1 (ALS)3 (1 Plans, 2 Report to I.C.)Helicopter (6-8-1 or 6-8-2), EMS Plan I Auto Upgrade)
Mayday Alert1st Alarm, Mayday Alert (Box or 2-11 Auto Upgrade)1 (R.I.T.)13 ALS (1 R.I.T.)1 (R.I.T.)1 Air Mask Unit, 1 Light Wagon, Collapse Team (Engine 5, Truck 2, 5-2-1)

Multiple Alarms[edit]

Higher-alarms for larger fires and more serious incidents are assigned as 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Alarm Assignments as upgrades of a "Still & Box", a "Box", or a "Working Fire". Each alarm level is signified by the level of alarms, followed by the number 11. The number "11" after the level of alarm is tradition of the bell and register system striking 11 blows onto the bell in the firehouse after whatever level of alarm the incident has been upgraded to followed by the box number, carried over into the modern era.

Alarm TypeAlarm LevelEngines AssignedTrucks AssignedTower Ladders AssignedSquads AssignedBattalion Chiefs AssignedDeputy District Chiefs AssignedAmbulances AssignedParamedic Field Chiefs AssignedSpecial Units Assigned
2-11 Alarm2nd Alarm(Upgrade)421211 Air Mask Unit, Media Affairs Unit
3-11 Alarm3rd Alarm(Upgrade)41 Deputy Fire Commissioner, 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner
4-11 Alarm4th Alarm(Upgrade)4Fire Commissioner
5-11 Alarm5th Alarm(Upgrade)4

Special Alarm || After the 5-11 (5th Alarm Upgrade) 5 additional Engines are typically requested, but it can be anything the Incident Commander needs

Special Incidents[edit]

Special Incidents are incidents handled by the Chicago Fire Department that are emergencies other than fires. While a Still & Box Alarm might be used for an EL Train Derailment, a Water Rescue or a Collapse Rescue has its own assignment. Many of these Special Incident Assignments include many specialized units not ordinarily found at the scene of a fire. When these units are called into action, designated by their Shop ID Unit number (i.e., Special Unit 6-8-2 is one of the CFD's Air-Sea Rescue Helicopters), they are referred to as "Specials" and can be specially-called into action at the scene of any incident where they are needed. Thus, a 5th Alarm Fire with a Special Unit response would be called, a "5-11" and a "Special".

EMS Plans[edit]

Because the Chicago Fire Department handles the city's Emergency Medical Services, certain large-scale incidents, such as a major vehicle accident or a building collapse will require a special EMS Response. This response is also known as a "Plan" from the CFD's EMS Division. These plans consist of EMS Units and Fire Units, depending on the incident. EMS Plans can also be assigned to fires where a large EMS presence is needed or special events, such as a marathon where injuries may arise.

Hazardous Materials(Haz-Mat.) Incidents[edit]

During a Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat.) Incident, such as a chemical spill or leak, the Chicago Fire Department assigned three specific levels of response depending on the size and magnitude of the incident. Aside from standard fire suppression equipment and Haz-Mat. equipment, the CFD also can dispatch standard fire suppression equipment whose crews have special training in hazardous materials situations and mitigation. These companies are called the Hazardous Incident Team (H.I.T.).

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