Archive for April 17th, 2012

Chicago FD begins transition to digital radios

Chris Ranck submitted information about the frequencies for the new CFD digital radio system.

The frequencies are UHF digital, so a digital scanner is needed. (I have a Radio Shack PRO 106, which needs to be set as a P25 digital talkgroup). 

The frequencies are:

  • citywide fire 476.6875
  • CFD EMS main 477.5125
  • CFD fire main 477.78750
  • Chicago OEMC 477.9875
  • CFD fire Englewood 478. 2125
  • CFD EMS Englewood 478.4625

I read that one bank of the scanner should only have digital frequencies.

There are several analog UHF frequencies.

  • CFD admin 462.9750
  • CFD fireground 458.0250
  • CFD EMS command 458. 1750
  • CFD command 458.1250
  • CFD fire tac 470.1625
  • CFD ops 8 476.2875
  • CFD ops 9 479.2875
  • CFD ops 10 477.6625
  • CFD ops 11 480.6625
  • CFD utilities 458.0750
  • CFD events 1 478.5000
  • CFD events 2 481. 5000
  • CFD CTA fire 460.0625

There are some other general city frequencies which can be found on either or I hope this helps.


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New engine for Channahon

The Channahon Fire Protection District in MABAS Division 15 has received a new engine from Pierce on a Quantum chassis.

Channahon Fire Protection District Pierce Quantum engine

thanks Ron & Martin

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Palatine Rural to lose BC positions

The position of Battalion 7 in MABAS Division 1 from the Palatine Rural Fire District will be removed at the beginning of May and Battalion 15 from Rolling Meadows will cover both districts. The two departments have entered into an agreement whereby the three existing Palatine Rural Battalion Chiefs will be reassigned to other duties including the new position of Training and Safety Officer for both departments.

The Daily Herald has an article which summarizes the new arrangements.

In an effort to operate more efficiently, the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District and the Rolling Meadows Fire Department recently agreed to reorganize and combine certain resources.

The departments last month entered into an intergovernmental agreement to share a training/safety officer and battalion chiefs.

Scott Mohr of Inverness-based Palatine Rural was promoted to assistant chief. He’ll work out of the Rolling Meadows Plum Grove Road station and be responsible for all training and safety for both departments.

The new partnership also reassigns Palatine Rural’s three battalion chiefs — two to administration and one to an engine as a company officer. Rolling Meadows’ battalion chiefs will provide incident command coverage on all three Palatine Rural shifts beginning May 1.

“Rolling Meadows wanted a training officer but couldn’t afford it, and my battalion chiefs weren’t being used to their fullest capacity because we don’t have a lot of calls,” (Palatine-Rural Chief Hank) Clemmensen said. “It’s a much more efficient way to operate.”

The complete article can be found HERE.

thanks fyerbuff

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