EMS / Ambulance / Medical Helicopters / IDPH (Illinois)

Last Updated: August 15, 2022, 1:27 pm

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.

Other IDPH Region and Area Wide EMS systems info is on the WIKI page.


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.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
155.34000KB61079 BM 210.7 PL MERCI1 210.7 Statewide EMS/Hospital Comms FMN Hospital
155.28000KB61079 BM 156 DPL IDPH RHCC Regional Hospital Coordination Center FMN Hospital
155.28000KB61079 BM 210.7 PL MERCI280 Hospital/EMS Disaster Coordination Channel [Official] FMN Hospital
463.17500KB61079 B 210.7 PL MED-8 S/W Base Statewide (Base) (Med-8) FMN Hospital
468.17500KB61079 M 210.7 PL MED-8 S/W Mob Statewide (Mobiles) (Med-8) FMN Hospital
Region 2 - Regionwide
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
155.28000 B 516 DPL IDPH R2 Net Hospital Disaster Coordination Net FMN Hospital

Air Medical

Air Evac Lifeteam -- Central/Southern Illinois

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

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
151.50500WPYR891 RM AEL Itinerant R Nationwide Itinerant Repeater FMN EMS Dispatch
158.40000WPYR891 M 125 DPL AEL Nationwide Nationwide FMN EMS-Tac
158.40000WPYR891 M 306 DPL AEL1584 D306 Mobile-to-Mobile (St Louis Metro) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.40000WPYR891 BM 155 DPL AEL## Rantoul Dispatch - unknown location (heard near Rantoul 2/13) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.67500WQIA711 BM 065 DPL AE5 Quincy 159.6 Dispatch (Quincy-Adams Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.69750WPWS479 BM 032 DPL AEL5 MtStrln1 Dispatch - Quincy (Mt. Sterling - Brown Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.71250WPWS479 BM 032 DPL AEL5 MtStrln3 Dispatch - Quincy (Mt. Sterling - Brown Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
160.05750WPWS479 BM 032 DPL AEL5 MtStrln2 Dispatch - Quincy (Mt. Sterling - Brown Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
152.99750WPYF285 BM 051 DPL AEL11 JeffL1 Dispatch - Mt Vernon (Bluford - Jefferson Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.40000WPYR891 BM 226 DPL AEL11 JefIL3 Dispatch - Mt Vernon (Bluford - Jefferson Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
173.37500WQBD500 BM 032 DPL AEL11 JefIL2 Dispatch - Mt Vernon (Bluford - Jefferson Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
153.08000WQIA711 BM 073 DPL AEL23 TroyMO Dispatch (Troy-Lincoln Co MO) FMN EMS Dispatch
153.09500WQIF745 BM 073 DPL AEL23 OfallonMO Dispatch (O'Fallon-St Charles MO) FMN EMS Dispatch
151.50500WPYR891 BM 331 DPL AE27 Jacksonvile Dispatch - Jacksonville (Morgan) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.40000WPYR891 BM 331 DPL AEL## Woodson Paging/Dispatch (Woodson - Morgan Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.69000WQIF745 BM 072 DPL AEL27 SpfdIL Dispatch (Springfield-Sangamon) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.97500WQVB621 BM AEL## Woodson* Temporary Dispatch (Woodson - Morgan Co) (3/15) FMN EMS Dispatch
151.85000WQLD588 RM 331 DPL AEL28 Greenup Dispatch - Effingham (Greenup-Cumberland) (was D047) FMN EMS Dispatch
153.38000 BM 125 DPL AEL28 153.38 Dispatch - Effingham FMN EMS Dispatch
158.40000 BM 431 DPL AEL35 Marion Dispatch - Marion (AE35) (4/20) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.40000WPYR891 BM 032 DPL AEL Burl158.D032 Dispatch (to Great River Burlington) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.40000WPYR891 BM 032 DPL AE3 Quincy 158.4 Dispatch - Quincy area FMN EMS Dispatch
151.50500WPYR891 BM 100.0 PL AEL156 MadCo IL Dispatch - Madison County (Maryville AE156) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.40000WPYR891 BM 114 DPL AEL 37 BondCo AE137 Bond County (Greenville} FMN EMS Dispatch
158.40000WPYR891 BM 431 DPL AEL 38 Harrisbrg AE138 Harrisburg Saline County FMN EMS Dispatch
Air Methods (Bradley)

Air Methods has two "AirLife" helos in Illinois.  AirLife 1 is based at Carle Hospital in Urbana, and AirLife 2 is based in Olney.  Unknown what either helo uses for comms in their normal response area, but AirLife 1 was heard using Air Methods' Bradley, IL repeater when they were inbound to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood (Chicago suburb).

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
461.52500WQNX343 RM 131.8 PL AirMethods Brdly Air Methods (Bradley-Kankakee Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
ARCH Helicopter (Central/SW IL and MO)

*See the WIKI for much more information

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
462.07500WPLR946 RM 107.2 PL ARCH Litchfield Litchfield Repeater (Lakewood, Shelby Co (linked by VoIP) FMN EMS Dispatch
461.52500WPLR946 RM 192.8 PL ARCH St Louis ARCH Dispatch - St. Louis FMN EMS Dispatch
462.97500WPTH211 RM 179.9 PL ARCH Champ Champaign IL FMN EMS Dispatch
462.95000WYE684 RM 71.9 PL ARCH EvanIN Evansville IN (St. Marys Medical Center or ASAP WZK462) FMN EMS Dispatch
460.52500WRCZ944 RM 065 DPL ARCH Cobden Cobden IL (Union) ARCH/Air Methods FMN EMS Dispatch
123.07500WQJN789 B CSQ St Johns UNICOM UNICOM (St Johns Hospital - Spfld) AM Aircraft
LifeFlight (OSF St Francis-Peoria)

North Central Illinois region.

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Talkgroup 5341
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
159.51000WPXK935 BM 88.5 PL Lifeflight Lifeflight Helicopter Ops FMN EMS Dispatch
LifeNet McHenry

4/20 - Flight For Life based in McHenry County has been purchased by Air Methods and is now called LifeNet McHenry.  The helicopter will continue to be based at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital in McHenry. 

The LifeNet McHenry aeromedical helicopter identifies as "LifeNet 3-1" when communicating with hospital, landing zones, etc.  
Still some use on 451.8 136.5 PL - McHenry base/helo simplex, WQIE652.  Used before they started using their current SC21 talkgroup.

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Dispatach on talkgroup 34830 (formerly used talkgroup 2851)
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
155.22000WPKJ810 BM 77.0 PL F4L Dispatch EMS: Dispatch [Expired 3/04] FMN EMS Dispatch
155.40000KVU378 BM 77.0 PL NIMC / F4L Northern Illinois Medical Center: BASE FMN EMS Dispatch
463.17500KUE862 RM 136.5 PL F4L FM2 MED Paramedic Base [MED 8/Ch 1] FMN Hospital
462.61250FRS3 M 79.7 PL F4L FM2 FRS Handheld Radios (On Scene) [Ch 2] FMN EMS-Tac
45.58000 BM 103.5 PL F4L McHenry McHenry County Flight-for-Life (old?) FMN EMS Dispatch
451.80000WQIE652 BM 136.5 PL F4L McHenry UHF McHenry County Flight-for-Life simplex (pre-Starcom21, still used) FMN EMS-Tac
Lifestar (Metro Chicago)
In addition to the A Beep talkgroup listed for them, they also used the Air Methods repeater in Bradley.
A-Beep Chicago-area LTR
LTR Standard
Lockport Site (9), talkgroup 0-08-010 (2018)
MedForce Helicopter
RACOM Network
EDACS Networked Standard
Uses talkgroup 11-141
Superior Ambulance Service / AIR MED 1

See the wiki for additional info.

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Some dispatch operations on talkgroup 36531.
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
476.86250WPPW990 RM 110.9 PL SuperiorAirMed 1 Superior Air Med 1 Helo (DuPage Airport) FMN Law Dispatch
University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)

Fly within a 200-mile radius of Chicago (Units:  AEROMED 1)

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
464.80000WPGP543 RM 88.5 PL UCAN Helo Ops Operations Iwith 129.475) FMN EMS Dispatch
129.47500KWU9 BM CSQ UCAN AirOps 129 Operations (with 464.8) [129] AM Aircraft

EMS Agencies (Area Wide)

Alton Memorial Hospital Ambulance (AMH)

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

AMR Abbott EMS

See local counties for additional information.
Serves Madison, St Clair, Effingham, Franklin, Williamson and parts of metro Chicago
(8/15/22) Soon will be serving Decatur/Macon County (replacing DAS)

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
7/18 - Still using UHF Dispatch (at least at times) 12/17 - Reportedly now using computer dispatching. Effingham County using SC21 as of 11/17. Franklin County uses local VHF system.
LifeStar Ambulance

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

Uses of encrypted DMR in Springfield, Jacksonville, Centralia and Alton (as of 2020) See: Madison County Page

MedStar Ambulance (Sparta)

See wiki for additional info.  

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Talkgroups 7252 and 8910-8924 used for most communications (as of 9/21) 900 MHz appears to no longer be in use. Dispatch has access to other area county talkgroups
A-TEC Ambulance (Metro Chicago)

Serves customers in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Lee, and McHenry counties.

Northwest Rescue Critical Care Transport (Harvard/Rockford)
STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Uses talkgroup 36421 (RIDs 192xx) and 36422.
Rural Med

Serving Fayette, Bond, Effingham Counties See the IL EMS Wiki for more into

IDPH Region IV - Southwestern Illinois EMS System- Memorial Hospital

IDPH Region IV Southwestern Illinois EMS System, Memorial Hospital

MERCI statewide is 155.34 210.7 PL

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
155.28000KB61079 BM 141.3 PL R4 Hospital Net Hospital-to-Hospital (Backup to SC21/Cellular) Disaster Coordination FMN Hospital
155.34000 BM CSQ MERCI R4 Scndry MERCI Secondary (Multiple Tones-See local) FMN Hospital
155.16000 BM CSQ MERCI R4 Primary MERCI Primary (Multiple Tones-See local) FMN Hospital
463.15000 BM 203.5 PL MERCI R4 Med-7 Primary (Med-7) FMN Hospital
463.12500 BM 203.5 PL MERCI R4 Med-6 Secondary (Med-6) FMN Hospital
463.05000 BM 203.5 PL MERCI R4 Med-3 Tertiary (Med-3) FMN Hospital
463.17500 BM 203.5 PL MERCI R4 Med-8 Statewide (Med-8) FMN Hospital