Login  · Register  ·  Mobile  ·  Help   RadioReference on Facebook   RadioReference on Twitter   RadioReference Blog
US > Illinois > EMS / Ambulance / Medical Helicopters / IDPH

EMS / Ambulance / Medical Helicopters / IDPH

Medical helicopters from Missouri need to use 155.055 I-REACH with a transmit 156 DPL (D156/DCS) to call Illinois LZ (Landing zones)
154.265 Fire Mutual Aid must be used with 210.
7 PL transmit.

EMS Unit Call Signs
are listed on the user edit-able RadioReference IDPH Call Signs Wiki Page   

Please submit ANY information you have on EMS Unit call signs in Illinois OR add them to the wiki yourself.
Picture of IL State - County Call Sign Map

Input Frequencies:
 Updated in the last 7 days
 Updated in the last 24 hrs

Illinois Department of Public Health - EMS System (Statewide)
Hospitals and EMS

MERCI - Medical Emergency Radio Communications for Illinois
HEAR - Hospital Emergency Aid Radio (Missouri)

See individual Hospital (on county pages) for local PL tones.

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
155.34000  KB61079  BM 210.7 PL MERCI1 210.7 Statewide EMS/Hospital Comms  FMN  Hospital 
155.28000  KB61079  BM 141.3 PL IDPH R4 Hosp IDPH Region 4 Disaster Coordination  FMN  Hospital 
155.28000  KB61079  BM 156 DPL IDPH RHCC Regional Hospital Coordination Center  FMN  Hospital 
155.28000  KB61079  BM 210.7 PL MERCI280 Hospital/EMS Disaster Coordination Channel [Official]  FMN  Hospital 
463.17500  KB61079  RM 210.7 PL MED-8 S/W Statewide  FMN  Hospital 

Region 1 - Rockford

Winnebago County has the regional medical centers for region-1, all 3 Level 1 trauma centers are in Rockford.

Region 2 - Regionwide

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
155.28000    B 516 DPL IDPH R2 Net Hospital Disaster Coordination Net (weekly test Sunday mornings)  FMN  Hospital 

Region 3

Southern Illinois Trauma Center Link The area served by the new Southern Illinois Trauma Center is designated by IDPH Region III and includes 18 counties -- Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler and Scott. There are two other Level II hospitals in the region -- Blessing Hospital in Quincy and Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. They, along with Memorial and St. John's and Jersey Medical Community Hospital in Jerseyville, are the resource hospitals for Emergency Medical Systems (EMS).

Region 4

Madison, St. Clair, Bond, Clinton, Monroe, Randolph and Washington. Southwestern Illinois EMS System Belleville Memorial - Pod Hospital (Net Control KWF792) Touchette Regional-Centreville, Kenneth Hall-East St. Louis, St. Elizabeths-Belleville, St.Josephs-Breese, SAFB Medical Center, Red Bud Memorial Regional, Sparta Community, Anderson-Maryville, Alton Memorial, Gateway Regional-Granite City, St. Anthony's-Alton, St. Josephs-Highland, Utlat-Greenville, Thomas Boyd Memorial-Carrollton, Community Memorial-Staunton, Fayette County-Vandalia Region 4 info provided by Loyola University Health System Link

Region 5

North Egypt EMS System @ St. Mary's Good Samaritin in Mt. Vernon Link
The North Egypt E.M.S. System was established in 1979 and serves Jefferson, Marion, Franklin,Washington, Perry, and Saline County.

Region 8 - Du Page (southern)

Region VIII, a busy, state-defined EMS region west of downtown Chicago. Good Samaritan in Downers Grove

Region 9 - McHenry, Kane, part of Lake, part Kendall, northern DuPage

Christ Hospital McHenry and southern Lake county are assigned MED channels as follows: PRIMARY: 7 TERTIARY: 6 SECONDARY: 5 ITINERANT OR COMMON: 8

Region 11 - Chicago

All Chicago Hospitals are on a repeater. Telemetry hospitals are divided into 3 sections. North, Central, South. The North PL's are all 156.7, Central PL's 146.2, South PL's 173.8. In each region, all operations are run by Resource Hospitals Associate Hospitals function underneath Resource Hospitals. Multi-Victim incidents, EMS Plans are to be called into Resource Hospitals, while most other runs can be called into Associate Hospitals. We do have assigned Hospitals we are supposed to call, but we don't follow that always for various reasons. Med 8 is not repeatered on any systems.

FYI... It is NOT neccesary to monitor the input frequency of any MED frequency, they are all on Repeaters
St. Louis Area Hospitals

For a more complete list of St Louis hospitals, see Link

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
155.34000    BM 114.8 PL HEAR 114.8 Barnes-Jewish: Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms (to ARCH, etc)  FMN  Hospital 
155.34000    BM 114.8 PL HEAR 114.8 Missouri Baptist (St. Louis)  FMN  Hospital 

Air Medical
Air Evac Lifeteam -- Central/Southern Illinois

 *See the wiki for more information on frequencies for surrounding states

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
151.50500  WPYR891  RM AEvac ItinerantR Nationwide Itinerant Repeater  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
158.40000  WPYR891  M 125 DPL AEvac Nationwide Nationwide  FMN  EMS-Tac 
158.40000  WPYR891  M 306 DPL AE 1584 D306 Mobile Units heard in St Louis MO Metro area  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
158.40000  WPYR891  BM 155 DPL AE## Rantoul Dispatch - unknown location (heard near Rantoul 2/13)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
158.40000  WPYR891  BM 331 DPL AE## Woodson Paging/Dispatch (Woodson - Morgan Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
159.97500  WQVB621  BM AE## Woodson* Temporary Dispatch (Woodson - Morgan Co) (3/15)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
159.67500  WQIA711  BM 065 DPL AE5 Quincy Dispatch (Quincy-Adams Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
159.71250  WPWS479  BM 032 DPL AE5 MtStrln3 Dispatch - Quincy (Mt. Sterling - Brown Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
159.96750  WPWS479  BM 032 DPL AE5 MtStrln1 Dispatch - Quincy (Mt. Sterling - Brown Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
160.05750  WPWS479  BM 032 DPL AE5 MtStrln2 Dispatch - Quincy (Mt. Sterling - Brown Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
152.99750  WPYF285  BM 051 DPL AE11 JeffL1 Dispatch - Mt Vernon (Bluford - Jefferson Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
158.40000  WPYR891  BM 226 DPL AE11 JefIL3 Dispatch - Mt Vernon (Bluford - Jefferson Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
173.37500  WQBD500  BM 032 DPL AE11 JefIL2 Dispatch - Mt Vernon (Bluford - Jefferson Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
153.08000  WQIA711  BM 073 DPL AE23 TroyMO Dispatch (Troy-Lincoln Co MO)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
153.09500  WQIF745  BM 073 DPL AE## OfallonMO Dispatch (O'Fallon-St Charles MO)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
151.50500  WPYR891  RM 072 DPL AE27 Pawnee Dispatch (Pawnee/Springfield) (Old?)  FMN  Deprecated 
151.50500  WPYR891  BM 331 DPL AE27 Jacksonvile Dispatch - Jacksonville (Morgan) [in use 6/17]  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
159.69000  WQIF745  BM 072 DPL AE27 SpfdIL Dispatch (Springfield-Sangamon)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
151.50500  WPYR891  RM 047 DPL AE28 Effi9ngham Dispatch (Effingham)  FMN  Deprecated 
151.85000  WQLD588  RM 047 DPL AE28 Greenup Dispatch - Effingham (Greenup-Cumberland)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
158.40000  WPYR891  BM 114 DPL AE137 BondCounty AE137 Bond County (Greenville}  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
158.40000  WPYR891  BM 431 DPL AE138 Harrisburg AE138 Harrisburg Saline County  FMN  EMS Dispatch 

Air Methods (Bradley)

*WQWX343 - 464.525 Repeater, 468.875 Mobile (11K at Bradley-Kankakee)

ARCH Helicopter (Central/SW IL and MO)

*See the WIKI for much more information

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
462.07500  WPLR946  RM 107.2 PL ARCH Lfield Litchfield Repeater (Lakewood, Shelby Co (linked by VoIP)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
461.52500  WPLR946  RM 192.8 PL AIRCOM StL ARCH Dispatch - St. Louis  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
462.97500  WPTH211  RM 179.9 PL ARCH Champ Champaign IL   FMN  EMS Dispatch 
462.95000  WYE684  RM 71.9 PL ARCH EvanIN Evansville IN (St. Marys Medical Center or ASAP WZK462)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
123.07500  WQJN789  B CSQ StJns UNICOM UNICOM (St Johns Hospital - Spfld)   AM  Aircraft 

Flight for Life (McHenry)

Run by Northern Illinois Medical Center (NIMC) and serves the Northern IL and Southern WI areas, up to and including Milwaukee.
Coverage area from the 3 bases (Fond du Lac, Waukesha, and McHenry)  Map

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
155.22000  WPKJ810  BM 77.0 PL F4L Dispatch EMS: Dispatch [Expired 3/04]  FM  EMS Dispatch 
155.40000  KVU378  BM 77.0 PL NIMC / F4L Northern Illinois Medical Center: BASE  FM  EMS Dispatch 
463.17500  KUE862  RM 136.5 PL F4L FM2 MED Paramedic Base [MED 8/Ch 1]  FM  Hospital 
150.79000    M Lake Fire LZ Landing Zone Coordination with Lake County FD's  FM  Fire-Tac 
462.61250  FRS3  M 79.7 PL F4L FM2 FRS Handheld Radios (On Scene) [Ch 2]  FM  EMS-Tac 
464.57500  KZQ870  RM 162.2 PL LG Security Lutheran General Security  FM  Security 
45.58000    BM 103.5 PL F4L McHenry McHenry County Flight-for-Life (old?)  FM  EMS Dispatch 
463.17500  KUE862  RM 167.9 PL MED8 167.9 Milwaukee WI Copter (Local Use)  FM  Hospital 
462.97500  KUE862  RM 167.9 PL MED9 167.9 Milwaukee WI Copter (Long Distance)  FM  Hospital 
123.02500    RM CTAF Chicago CTAF - Chicago - New (was 123.05)  AM  Aircraft 
129.97500    RM Milwk Flight Milwaukee Flight Following  AM  Aircraft 

LifeFlight (OSF St Francis-Peoria)

90.35A4 - To have internal communications with base and pilots of LifeFlight.
Website LifeFlight operates within a 150 mile radius of Peoria providing an efficient, immediate, air response system serving hospitals in the North Central Illinois region.

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois    
Project 25 Phase II    
Liflight is on Starcom21 TG 5341

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
159.51000  WPXK935  BM 88.5 PL Lifeflight Lifeflight Helicopter Ops  FM  EMS Dispatch 

Lifestar (Metro Chicago)

A-Beep / Sears2 - UHF (Chicago)    
LTR Standard    
talkgoups 0-08-110 and 0-11-010, home channel 472.2625 on Chicago tower

MedForce Helicopter


462.97500 467.97500 100.0 PL WNZZ983 Trinity Ambulance Service Trinity Medical Center (Rock
RACOM - IA, SD, MN, NE, IL, WI    
EDACS Networked Standard    
Uses talkgroup 11-141

NorthWest Rescue Helo

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois    
Project 25 Phase II    
NorthWest Rescue Helo and Cencom base is now on Starcom21 Talkgroup 36421 with radio ID 19200 and possibly 19201. Located at the Whiteside County Airport in in Rock Falls Illinois

Superior Ambulance Service / AIR MED 1

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
476.86250  WPPW990  RM 110.9 PL Sup AirMed 1 Superior Air Med 1 Helo (DuPage Airport)  FM  Law Dispatch 

University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)

Webpage    Units:  AEROMED 1
Helos fly within a 200-mile radius of Chicago, connecting community hospitals with the many tertiary care facilities and medical resources of this region.

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
461.90000  WPGP543  RM 88.5 PL UCAN Helo Operations [ESP license?]  FM  EMS Dispatch 
129.47500  KWU9  BM CSQ UCAN Air Ops Air Operations  AM  Aircraft 

EMS Agencies (Area Wide)
Abbott EMS / Abbott-Lifeforce EMS (St. Louis/Belleville)

AMR Website  Owned by AMR - American Medical Response (Sold to EMSC 7/07)

7/28/07 - Abbott EMS plans to add up to 20 new Ford ambulances to its current fleet of 85 vehicles this year.

Alton Memorial Hospital Ambulance (AMH)

Serves Alton/Godfrey, Northern Madison County and Brighton (Jersey/Macoupin County)

Lifestar Ambulance

Bases in Alton, Centralia, Mt. Vernon, Jacksonville & Springfield
Dispatched locally 8-4 weekdays, then by Centralia after those hours.

Phone calls are routed to the Centralia office for dispatch to the appropriate location via LTR sites and links located in Salem, Trenton, Collinsville, Butler, Jacksonville and Springfield Illinois.

The C-MED and VHF frequencies are used, mainly, around their Centralia office.

See: Madison County Page

IE Communications 800 (Metro StL/So. IL)    
LTR Standard    
Alton, Centralia, Mt Vernon Dispatch & Operations
CNY (Central/Eastern IL)    
LTR Standard    
Lifestar Ambulance Dispatch and Operations (Springfield & Jacksonville)

MedStar Ambulance (Sparta)

Website   Company owned by Charles Kelley

Freeburg/Swansea/Belleville (618) 234-3088 Fairview Heights (618) 398-8833 Cahokia (618) 332-3088

Serves eastern half of Belleville, Cahokia, Swansea, Fairview Heights (Largest service in the MetroEast - operates 31 rigs in 3 counties)

Ambulances/Units: (Plates: 4 837 xx 05,11,15,24) BLS 64, 65, 101 ALS 34,68,70,71,72,73,74,75,76,77*,78,79 (St. Clair County units) * not heard some are back-up vehicles Medivan Units: 43, 4447, 455, 4474 ?? Other units: 101 Utility van (used by janitor)

*Sparta (Randolph) ALS 4G25-main, 4G24-main, 4G21-backup Red Bud ALS 4G18-main, 4G26-backup
*Red Bud  (Randolph)
*Chester (Randolph) ALS 4G20-main, 4G16-backup
*Steeleville (Randolph)
*Swansea (St Clair) ALS, 1209 N. Illinois Street
*Belleville (St Clair) ALS, 610 East Main Street: 74, 76:: 24 hour units, 73: 7am - 7pm 6 days a week
*Cahokia (St Clair) ALS (Formerly Braun Ambulance Service)
*East St Louis (St Clair)
*Fairview Heights (St Clair) ALS
*Freeburg (St Clair) ALS (Located in Freeburg VFD) Lebanon ALS (Located in Lebanon VFD)   Unit 76? 
*Lebanon (St Clair)
*Washington Park (St Clair)
*Carlyle (Clinton)

Advanced Life Support
Notes: Operate 3 - 24 hour ALS trucks with one in Chester, Red Bud, and Sparta along with a 12 hour BLS truck in Steeleville which is a call out truck at night. The Steeleville base can turn into an ALS truck during the day and also a BLS backup for the nights. The three ALS bases also have a backup ALS truck that can be staffed at busy times or mass casuality situations.       

Has a channel on Wireless USA? called USB-A?

WirelessUSA (IL/MO)    
Motorola Type II SmartZone Omnilink    
Main communications, in addition to conventional 900 MHz repeaters, UHF & VHF
STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois    
Project 25 Phase II    
Dispatch has access to TG-7006 87-Co Call 1 (to 911 PSAPs) in St. Clair County. TG-7252 is used for Operations / Backup to WirelessUSA
WirelessUSA (Fairview Heights IL)    
Motorola Type II Smartnet    
Old Listing, may eventually be put back here

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
154.51500  WPMN541  BM 88.5 PL MedStarSprta EMS: Dispatch (Sparta)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
935.38750  WPXG657  RM MedStar 9-A EMS: Dispatch (Fairview Heights - St. Clair County)  FM  EMS Dispatch 
936.38750  WPXG657  RM 074 DPL MedStar 9-B EMS: Dispatch - Local (Sparta - Randolph County)   FM  EMS Dispatch 
936.00000  WPXG657  RM 074 DPL MedStar 9-C EMS: Dispatch - Local (Carlyle)  FM  EMS Dispatch 
939.07500  WQEG973  M 026 DPL MedStar u2u EMS: Unit-to-Unit  FM  EMS-Talk 
462.95000  WPAZ773  RM MedStar Med9 ALS/BLS Ops (Carlyle-Clinton Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
462.97500  WPEC738  RM MedStr Med10 ALS/BLS Ops (Carlyle-Clinton Co)  FMN  EMS Dispatch 
155.22000  KNBN596  BM MedStrSparta EMS: Dispatch (Sparta-Randolph)  FMN  EMS-Tac 

A-TEC Ambulance (Metro Chicago)

A-TEC Ambulance has been serving our customers in the Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Lee, and McHenry counties for 25 years and continues to function off its original philosophy.
*website: http://www.atecambulance.com

Copyright 2017 by RadioReference.com LLC Privacy Policy  |  Terms and Conditions