Chicago Fire Department


Chicago Fire Department
Chicago Fire Department
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Established August 2, 1858
Staffing Career
Strength 4,314 firefighters and 619 paramedics
Stations 98
Engines 96
Trucks 61
Squads 4
Helicopters 2
Fireboats 2
EMS Level BLS & ALS
Commissioner Robert Hoff

The Chicago Fire Department, also known as the CFD, is the principal fire suppression, prevention, and rescue agency of Chicago, Illinois, under the jurisdiction of the mayor of Chicago. The Chicago Fire Department is the second largest fire department in the United States after the New York City Fire Department, as measured by sworn personnel (firefighters). It is also one of the oldest major organized fire departments in the nation. Concurrently, some firefighters serve as paramedics with the Chicago Emergency Medical System. 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. That film was inspired by firefighter turned writer, Gregory Widen, who made a cameo appearance in the film.

The Chicago Fire Department is led by the Commissioner, who is currently Robert Hoff . The Commissioner is appointed by the mayor. He is assisted by the First Deputy Commissioner, who oversees the department's bureaus. There are five bureaus under the First Deputy Commissioner: Administrative Services, Fire Prevention, Operations, Support Services, and Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Services.

Until December 2006 Chicago firefighters donned the famous three-quarter boots and jacket, instead of the now generally accepted bunker gear worn by many departments, especially those of the suburbs. An example of the boots and jacket can be seen in the photo below.

A unique feature on the apparatus of the CFD is the green emergency light that is typically found on the right front of the apparatus, in addition to the red light on the left front. This tradition dates back to the 1930s when Fire Commissioner Goodrich, whose family operated Goodrich Transit Company, adopted the port and starboard maritime light scheme for all apparatus and firehouses.

Another tradition associated with the CFD is the black over red color scheme of the fire apparatus. The choice of this paint design is attributed to an order of Ford Model A cars purchased in the late twenties, to be used as Battalion Chief "Buggies". The factory rain canopies on the cars came coated in tar, which would not allow paint to stick. CFD personnel liked the black over red look and adopted it for all of their apparatus.

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Chain of command

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

Listed below are the chains of command for the two major divisions of the Chicago Fire Department's Operations Bureau: Fire Suppression and Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services. The lists rank from lowest-level employee to senior command staff. Employees in these ranks may also serve in other divisions and bureaus.

Fire Suppression and Rescue Division

The following positions are appointed by the Fire Commissioner:

  • Deputy District Chief
  • District Chief
  • Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner
  • Deputy Fire Commissioner
  • First Deputy Fire Commissioner
  • Fire Commissioner (Appointed by the Mayor)

Geographically, the CFD is organized into 6 Districts and a total of 25 Battalions.

Emergency Medical Services Division

  • Candidate Fire Paramedic
  • Fire Paramedic
  • Paramedic in Charge
  • Paramedic Ambulance Commander
  • Paramedic Field Chief

The following positions are appointed by the Fire Commissioner:

  • Assistant Deputy Chief Paramedic
  • Deputy Chief Paramedic
  • Chief Paramedic

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus

Chicago Battalion Chief's Vehicle in front of Engine 98's Quarters in Gold Coast.
Engine Company Truck Company Ambulance Battalion Chief District Chief Address Neighborhood
Engine 1 Aerial Tower 1 Ambulance 41 419 S. Wells St. South Loop
Engine 2(Fireboat) Jardine Water Purification Plant(Summer)/South Side Navy Pier(Winter) East Loop
Engine 4 Tower Ladder 10 548 W. Division St. Near North Side
Engine 5 Truck 2 Ambulance 28 324 S. Des Plaines St. West Loop
Engine 7 Truck 58 Ambulance 7 4911 W. Belmont Portage Park
Engine 8 Truck 4 Ambulance 85(BLS) Battalion 2 212 W. Cermak Chinatown
Engine 11 Truck 9 Ambulance 2 5343 N. Cumberland Oriole Park
Engine 13 Truck 6 Battalion 1 259 N. Columbus East Loop
Engine 14 Truck 19 Ambulance 53 Battalion 3 1129 W. Chicago Noble Square
Engine 15 Truck 59 Ambulance 18 Battalion 20 8028 S. Kedzie Wrightwood
Engine 16 Ambulance 35 4005 S. Dearborn Bronzeville
Engine 18 Ambulance 84(BLS) Battalion 4 1125 W. Roosevelt Little Italy
Engine 19 Truck 11 Ambulance 4 3421 S. Calumet Douglass
Engine 22 Ambulance 43 605 W. Armitage Lincoln Park
Engine 23 Tower Ladder 5 1915 S. Damen Pilsen
Truck 24 Ambulance 29 10400 S. Vincennes Washington Heights
Engine 26 Truck 7 Ambulance 45 10 N. Leavitt West Town
Engine 28 Truck 8 Ambulance 19 2528 S. Throop North Bridgeport
Engine 29 3509 S. Lowe South Bridgeport
Engine 30 1125 N. Ashland Ukrainian Village
Engine 32 Truck 60 Ambulance 12 5555 S. Narragansett Garfield Ridge
Engine 34 Tower Ladder 54 Ambulance 21 4034 W. 47th St. Archer Heights
Engine 35 Truck 28 Ambulance 81(BLS) 1901 N. Damen Bucktown
Engine 38 Truck 48 District 4 3949 W. 16th St. South Lawndale
Engine 39 Battalion 15 1618 W. 33rd Pl. McKinley Park
Engine 42 Truck 3 Ambulance 42 District 1 55 W. Illinois River North
Engine 43 Ambulance 3 2179 N. Stave Logan Square
Engine 44 Truck 36 Ambulance 83(BLS) 412 N. Kedzie East Garfield Park
Engine 45 Truck 15 Ambulance 57 4602 S. Cottage Grove Kenwood
Engine 46 Truck 17 Ambulance 9 3027 E. 93rd St. South Chicago
Engine 47 Truck 30 Ambulance 55 432 E. Marquette Woodlawn
Engine 49 Truck 33 Ambulance 87(BLS) 4401 S. Ashland Back of the Yards
Engine 50 Truck 18 Ambulance 1 5000 S. Union Canaryville
Engine 54 Truck 20 Ambulance 14 Battalion 18 7101 S. Parnell Hamilton Park
Engine 55 Truck 44 Battalion 5 2714 N. Halsted Lakeview
Engine 56 2214 W. Barry Roscoe Village
Engine 57 Ambulance 44 Battalion 12 1244 N. Western Humboldt Park
Engine 59, Engine 70 Truck 47 Ambulance 13 Battalion 9 6030 N. Clark Edgewater(with Engine 70)
Engine 60 Tower Ladder 37 Ambulance 38 Battalion 17 1150 E. 55th St. Hyde Park
Engine 62 Truck 27 Battalion 22 34 E. 114th St. Roseland
Engine 63 Truck 16 Ambulance 89(BLS) 1440 E 67th St. Woodlawn
Engine 64 Truck 31 Ambulance 27 7659 S. Pulaski Ashburn
Engine 65 Truck 52 Ambulance 88(BLS) 3002 W. 42nd St. Brighton Park
Engine 68 Ambulance 82(BLS) 5258 W. Grand Cragin
Engine 69 4017 N. Tripp Irving Park
Engine 71 6239 N. California West Ridge
Engine 72 Tower Ladder 34 Ambulance 22 Battalion 23 7974 S. South Chicago Ave. South Chicago
Engine 73 8630 S. Emerald Gresham
Engine 74 10615 S. Ewing East Side
Engine 75 Ambulance 5 11958 S. State St. West Pullman
Engine 76 Truck 35 Ambulance 52 1747 N. Pulaski Hermosa
Engine 78 Ambulance 6 1052 W. Waveland Wrigleyville
Engine 79 6420 N. Lehigh Edgebrook
Engine 80 Truck 62 Ambulance 51 12701 S. Doty Ave. East South Deering
Engine 81 Ambulance 90(BLS) District 6 10458 S. Hoxie Irondale
Engine 82 Truck 42 Ambulance 37 817 E. 91st St. Burnside
Engine 83 Truck 22 Ambulance 31 1200 W. Wilson Uptown
Engine 84 Truck 51 Ambulance 36 District 5 21 W. 59th St. Englewood
Engine 86 Truck 57 Ambulance 20 3918 N. Harlem Dunning
Engine 88 3637 W. 59th St. Chicago Lawn
Engine 89 Truck 56 Ambulance 46 3945 W. Peterson Peterson Park
Engine 91 Battalion 7 2827 N. Pulaski Logan Square
Engine 92 Truck 45 Ambulance 17 3112 W. 111th St. Mt. Greenwood
Engine 93 330 W. 104th St. Fernwood
Engine 94 5758 W. Grace Portage Park
Engine 95 Truck 26 Ambulance 10 Battalion 13 4001 W. West End West Garfield Park
Engine 96 Truck 29 439 N. Waller Austin
Engine 97 13359 S. Burley Hegewisch
Engine 98 Ambulance 11 202 E. Chicago Gold Coast
Engine 99 Ambulance 86(BLS) 3042 S. Kedvale Little Village
Engine 101 Truck 41 Ambulance 58 2250 W. 69th St. Marquette Park
Engine 102 Truck 25 Ambulance 56 1723 W. Greenleaf Rogers Park
Engine 103 25 S. Laflin Near West Side
Engine 104 Truck 61 Ambulance 25 Battalion 24 11659 S. Ave. O Hegewisch
Engine 106 Truck 13 Ambulance 48 3401 N. Elston Avondale
Engine 107 Ambulance 33 Battalion 14 1101 S. California Lawndale
Engine 108 Tower Ladder 23 Ambulance 47 District 2 4559 N Milwaukee Ave. Jefferson Park
Engine 109 Truck 32 Ambulance 34 2358 S. Whipple Little Village
Engine 110 Truck 12 Ambulance 40 2322 W. Foster Lincoln Square
Engine 112 Tower Ladder 21 Ambulance 80(BLS) 3801 N. Damen North Center
Engine 113 Ambulance 23 5212 W. Harrison South Austin
Engine 115 11940 S. Peoria West Pullman
Engine 116 Ambulance 49 5955 S. Ashland West Englewood
Engine 117 Tower Ladder 14 Ambulance 15 4900 W. Chicago Austin
Engine 119 Truck 55 Ambulance 39 Battalion 11 6030 N. Avondale Norwood Park
Engine 120 Ambulance 91(BLS) 11035 S. Homewood Morgan Park
Engine 121 Truck 40 Battalion 21 1700 W. 95th St. Beverly
Engine 122 Ambulance 24 101 E. 79th St. Chatham
Engine 123 Tower Ladder 39 Ambulance 8 Battalion 19 2215 W. 51st St. Gage Park
Engine 124 Truck 38 Ambulance 32 Battalion 10 4426 N. Kedzie Albany Park
Engine 125 Truck 53 Battalion 8 2323 N. Natchez Montclare
Engine 126 Truck 49 Ambulance 50 7313 S Kingston South Shore
Engine 129 Truck 50 Ambulance 30 8120 S. Ashland Gresham

Airport Fire Station Locations and Apparatus

Engine Company Truck Company Ambulance Battalion Chief District Chief Address Neighborhood
Tower Ladder 63 Ambulance 26 O'Hare International Airport(Rescue Station 1) O'Hare International Airport
Engine 9 Ambulance 59 District 3 O'Hare International Airport(Rescue Station 3) O'Hare International Airport
Engine 10 Ambulance 16 O'Hare International Airport(Rescue Station 2) O'Hare International Airport
Battalion 6 O'Hare International Airport(Rescue Station 4) O'Hare International Airport
Engine 127 Ambulance 54 Battalion 16 5200 W. 63rd St.(Midway International Airport) West Elsdon

Response Guidelines

Still Alarms

Still Alarms, also known as "Stills" are the basic structure fire response assignments of the Chicago Fire Department. The Rapid Intervention Team (R.I.T.)is activated when the "Still" becomes a "Working Fire." The Mayday Assignment can be used as an upgrade at any alarm level.

  • Still Alarm Assignment:
    • 2 Engines
    • 2 Trucks
    • 1 Battalion Chief
  • High-Rise Still Alarm Assignment:
    • 4 Engines
    • 4 Trucks
    • 1 Squad
    • 1 ALS Ambulance
    • 3 Battalion Chiefs
    • 1 EMS Field Officer
  • Rapid Intervention Team(R.I.T.) Assignment:
    • 1 Truck(R.I.T.)
    • 1 ALS Ambulance
    • 1 Battalion Chief
    • 1 EMS Field Officer
    • 1 Command Van
    • 1 Squad
  • Mayday Assignment:
    • 1 Engine(Collapse Rescue)
    • 2 Trucks(1 for R.I.T., 1 for Collapse Rescue)
    • 1 Squad
    • 2 ALS Ambulances
    • 1 Battalion Chief
    • 1 EMS Field Officer
    • 1 Collapse Unit(5-2-1)
    • 1 Air Mask Service Unit
    • 1 Lighting Unit

Box Alarms

Box Alarms and Still and Box Alarms, also known as "Boxes" and "Still and Boxes" are the other main assignment utilized by the Chicago Fire Department. Both are considered to be their own assignments, but can also be upgrades of Still Alarm Assignments. While a "Still and Box" is usually an upgrade of a "Still", a "Box" can be assigned on its own depending on the situation and the incident. For example, while a residential dwelling fire may require a "Still" or a "Still and Box", a large commercial building, such as a warehouse or a factory fire may require a "Box" straight out, with an upgrade of a Working Fire Assignment. "Still and Boxes" and "Boxes" are usually assigned to an incident at a high-risk location, such as a hospital, nursing home, government building, etc.

  • Still and Box Alarm Assignment:
    • 4 Engines
    • 3 Trucks(Including 1 Tower Ladder)
    • 1 Squad
    • 1 Ambulance
    • 3 Battalion Chiefs
    • 1 Deputy District Chief
    • 1 EMS Field Officer
    • 1 Command Van
    • 1 O.F.I. Unit
  • Box Alarm Assignment:
    • 4 Engines
    • 2 Trucks
    • 1 Battalion Chief

Multi-Alarms

Higher-alarms for larger fires and more serious incidents are assigned as 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Alarm Assignments as upgrades of a "Still and Box", a "Box", or a "Working Fire". Each alarm level is signified by the level of alarm, followed by the number 11, i.e., a 2nd Alarm would be a 2-11, a 3rd Alarm would be a 3-11, etc. The higher the alarm levels, the more department officials and the more special units will respond.

  • 2-11(2nd Alarm) Assignment:
    • 4 Engines
    • 3 Trucks(Including 1 Tower Ladder)
    • 2 Battalion Chiefs
    • 1 District Chief
    • 1 Air Mask Service Unit
    • Media Affairs Office Units
  • 3-11(3rd Alarm) Assignment:
    • 4 Engines
    • Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner
    • Deputy Fire Commissioner
  • 4-11(4th Alarm) Assignment:
    • 4 Engines
    • Fire Commissioner
  • 5-11(5th Alarm) Assignment:
    • 4 Engines

Special Incidents

Special Incidents are incidents handled by the Chicago Fire Department that are emergencies other than fires. While a Still and Box Alarm Assignment might be used for an El Train de-railment, a water rescue or a collapse rescue has its own assignment. Many of these Special Incident Assignments include many specialized units not ordinarly 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 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".

  • Motor Vehicle Accident(MVA) Assignment:
    • 1 Engine or 1 Truck
    • 1 Ambulance
  • Vehicle Fire Assignment:
    • 1 Engine
  • Expressway Vehicle Fire Assignment:
    • 2 Engines
    • 1 Truck
    • 1 Battalion Chief
  • Special Rescue Assignment:
    • 1 Engine
    • 1 Truck
    • 1 Squad
    • 1 Ambulance
    • 1 Battalion Chief
    • 1 EMS Field Officer
  • Collapse Rescue Assignment:
    • 5 Engines(1 for Collapse Rescue)
    • 4 Trucks(Including 1 Tower Ladder and 1 Collapse Rescue)
    • 1 Squad
    • 1 Ambulance
    • 3 Battalion Chiefs
    • 1 Deputy District Chief
    • 1 EMS Field Officer
    • 1 Collapse Unit(5-2-1)
    • 1 Command Van
    • 1 O.F.I. Unit
  • Water Rescue Assignment:
    • 2 Engines(Including 1 Fireboat)
    • 1 Truck
    • 1 Squad
    • 1 Ambulance
    • 1 Battalion Chief
    • Helicopter(6-8-2)
    • Dive Van(6-8-7)

EMS Incident Plans

Because the Chicago Fire Department handles the city's Emergency Medical Services, certain large-scale incidents, such as a major vehicle accident, a building collapse, etc. will require a special EMS Response, also known as a "Plan" from the CFD's Emergency Medical Services Division. These plans consist of numbers EMS Units, and sometimes fire suppression 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. There are currently three EMS Plans in the CFD's infrastructure.

  • EMS Plan 1 Assignment:
    • 1 Engine
    • 1 Truck
    • 5 ALS Ambulances
    • 2 BLS Ambulance
    • 1 Battalion Chief
    • 1 EMS Field Officer
    • 1 Assistant Deputy Paramedic
  • EMS Plan 2 Assignment:
    • 5 Ambulances
    • 2 BLS Ambulances
    • 1 Deputy District Chief
    • 1 Command Van
    • 1 EMS Field Officer
    • 1 Deputy Chief Paramedic
    • 1 EMS Triage Van
    • Media Affairs Office Units
  • EMS Plan 3 Assignment:
    • 5 Ambulances
    • 1 BLS Ambulance
    • 1 District Chief
    • Chief Paramedic
    • On-Call Physician

Haz-Mat. Incident Levels

During a Hazardous Materials(Haz-Mat.) Incident, such as a chemcial 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 who's crews have special training in hazardous materials situations and mitigation. These companies are called Haz-Mat. Incident Team(H.I.T.) Companies.

  • Haz-Mat. Level 1 Assignment:
    • 1 Engine
    • 1 Truck
    • 1 Squad
    • 1 Ambulance
    • 1 Battalion Chief
    • 1 Haz-Mat. Unit(5-1-1 or 5-1-2)
  • Haz-Mat. Level 2 Assignment:
    • 1 H.I.T. Engine
    • 1 H.I.T. Truck
    • 1 Deputy District Chief
    • Safety Officer
    • 1 EMS Field Officer
    • 1 Air Mask Service Unit
    • 1 Command Van
  • Haz-Mat. Level 3 Assignment:
    • 1 Haz-Mat. Unit(2-1-3)
    • Haz-Mat. Deputy Chiefs

Notable incidents

The history of the Chicago Fire Department includes several notable fires, most notably the Great Fire of Chicago on October 8–10, 1871.

As early as 1849, when the population of Chicago was still under 20,000, a significant fire destroyed a central portion of the city including the Tremont House. Chicago Mayor James Hutchinson Woodworth used this incident to seek an expansion and better funding for the Chicago Fire Department as detailed in his Inaugural Addresses. Woodworth's support for firefighters set a high standard for the relations between the department and the mayor, and the formal funding he was able to obtain for the department marked the evolution of early Chicago from a trading post to a major Midwest trading center.

On December 22, 1910, The Chicago Union Stock Yards fire resulted in the deaths of 21 firefighters, which until September 11, 2001 was the largest single instance of firefighter line of duty deaths in the United States.

On the morning of December 22, 2010, the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Union Stock Yards Fire (the incident happened during the commemmoration ceremony for the anniversary of the 1910 fire), while working to contain a fire at 1744 E 75th Street in South Chicago, a portion of the roof and walls in the rear of the structure collapsed,[1] trapping four firefighters. Fourteen other firefighters were also injured in the efforts to control the fire and rescue those trapped. Two of the four trapped, Firefighters Edward Stringer and Corey Ankum, died as a result of injuries they sustained from the collapse. Four other firefighters were left critically injured.

References

  1. ^ a b Chicago, IL - Building Collapse and Mayday - Alertpage Public Feed - December 22, 2010 06:50 CST

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