EMS / MedEvac / Public Health (Illinois)

Last Updated: June 26, 2024, 01:14 am UTC

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
155.340KB61079 BM 210.7 PL MERCI1 210.7 Statewide EMS/Hospital Comms FMN Hospital
155.400KB610789 BM 210.7 PL MERIC400 210.7 MERCI (Regions 9 and 10) (Tone may vary) FMN Hospital
463.175KB61079 B 210.7 PL MED-8 S/W Base Statewide (Base) (Med-8) FMN Hospital
468.175KB61079 M 210.7 PL MED-8 S/W Mob Statewide (Mobiles) (Med-8) FMN Hospital
155.280KB61079 BM 156 DPL IDPH RHCC Hospital-to-Hospital / Regional Hospital Coordination Center FMN Hospital
155.280KB61079 BM 210.7 PL MERCI280 Hospital-to-Hospital / EMS Disaster Coordination Channel [Official] FMN Hospital
458.025KB61079 M IL EMS Tac458025 EMS Tactical (tone varies) FMN Hospital
458.075KB61079 M IL EMS Tac458075 EMS Tactical (tone varies) FMN Hospital
458.125KB61079 M IL EMS Tac458125 EMS Tactical (tone varies) FMN Hospital
458.175KB61079 M IL EMS Tac458175 EMS Tactical (tone varies) FMN Hospital
Region 2 - Regionwide
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
155.280 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. 
Monitoring input frequencies may actually be useful, when you may not be able to hear the repeater output.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
151.505WPYR891 RM AEL Itinerant R Nationwide Itinerant Repeater FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 M 125 DPL AEL Nationwide Nationwide FMN EMS-Tac
158.400WPYR891 M 306 DPL AEL1584 D306 Mobile-to-Mobile (St Louis Metro) FMN EMS Dispatch
151.505WPYR891 RM 100.0 PL AEL MadisonCo IL Dispatch - Madison County (Maryville AE156) FMN EMS Dispatch
151.505WPYR891 BM 165 DPL AEL Olney Dispatch (Olney or Effingham) FMN EMS Dispatch
151.505WPYR891 BM 331 DPL AE27 Jacksonvile Dispatch - Jacksonville (Morgan) FMN EMS Dispatch
151.850WQLD588 RM 331 DPL AEL28 Greenup Dispatch - Effingham (Greenup-Cumberland) (was D047) FMN EMS Dispatch
152.9975WPYF285 BM 051 DPL AEL11 JeffL1 Dispatch - Mt Vernon (Bluford - Jefferson Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
153.080WQIA711 BM 073 DPL AEL23 TroyMO Dispatch (Troy-Lincoln Co MO) FMN EMS Dispatch
153.095WQIF745 BM 073 DPL AEL23 OfallonMO Dispatch (O'Fallon-St Charles MO) FMN EMS Dispatch
153.380 BM 125 DPL AEL28 153.38 Dispatch - Effingham FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 BM 032 DPL AE3 Quincy 158.4 Dispatch - Quincy area FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 BM 032 DPL AEL Burl158.D032 Dispatch (to Great River Burlington) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 BM 114 DPL AEL Bond Co IL AE137 Bond County (Greenville} FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 BM 152 DPL AEL145 Mattoon Dispatch - Mattoon (Coles) AEL145 FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 BM 155 DPL AEL## Rantoul Dispatch - unknown location (heard near Rantoul 2/13) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 BM 226 DPL AEL11 JefIL3 Dispatch - Mt Vernon (Bluford - Jefferson Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 BM 331 DPL AEL## Woodson Paging/Dispatch (Woodson - Morgan Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 BM 431 DPL AEL138 Harrisbrg AE138 Harrisburg Saline County FMN EMS Dispatch
158.400WPYR891 BM 431 DPL AEL35 Marion Dispatch - Marion (AE35) (4/20) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.675WQIA711 BM 065 DPL AE5 Quincy 159.6 Dispatch (Quincy-Adams Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.690WQIF745 BM 072 DPL AEL27 SpfdIL Dispatch (Springfield-Sangamon) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.6975WPWS479 BM 032 DPL AEL5 MtStrln1 Dispatch - Quincy (Mt. Sterling - Brown Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.7125WPWS479 BM 032 DPL AEL5 MtStrln3 Dispatch - Quincy (Mt. Sterling - Brown Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
159.975WQVB621 BM AEL## Woodson* Temporary Dispatch (Woodson - Morgan Co) (3/15) FMN EMS Dispatch
160.0575WPWS479 BM 032 DPL AEL5 MtStrln2 Dispatch - Quincy (Mt. Sterling - Brown Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
173.375WQBD500 BM 032 DPL AEL11 JefIL2 Dispatch - Mt Vernon (Bluford - Jefferson Co) 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
461.525WQNX343 RM 131.8 PL AirMethods Brdly Air Methods (Bradley-Kankakee Co) FMN EMS Dispatch
ARCH Helicopter (Central/SW IL and MO)

See the ARCH WIKI for more information

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
462.075WPLR946 RM 107.2 PL ARCH Litchfield Litchfield Repeater (Lakewood, Shelby Co (linked by VoIP) FMN EMS Dispatch
461.525WPLR946 RM 192.8 PL ARCH St Louis ARCH Dispatch - St. Louis FMN EMS Dispatch
462.975WPTH211 RM 179.9 PL ARCH Champ Champaign IL FMN EMS Dispatch
462.950WYE684 RM 71.9 PL ARCH EvanIN Evansville IN (St. Marys Medical Center or ASAP WZK462) FMN EMS Dispatch
460.525WRCZ944 RM 065 DPL ARCH Cobden Cobden IL (Union) ARCH/Air Methods FMN EMS Dispatch
123.075WQJN789 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
159.510WPXK935 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
155.220WPKJ810 BM 77.0 PL F4L Dispatch EMS: Dispatch [Expired 3/04] FMN EMS Dispatch
155.400KVU378 BM 77.0 PL NIMC / F4L Northern Illinois Medical Center: BASE FMN EMS Dispatch
463.175KUE862 RM 136.5 PL F4L FM2 MED Paramedic Base [MED 8/Ch 1] FMN Hospital
462.6125FRS3 M 79.7 PL F4L FM2 FRS Handheld Radios (On Scene) [Ch 2] FMN EMS-Tac
45.580 BM 103.5 PL F4L McHenry McHenry County Flight-for-Life (old?) FMN EMS Dispatch
451.800WQIE652 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, which they refer to as the "Bradley" channel.  If you are not able to hear that repeater (461.525, 131.8 PL), you can often hear the helo on the 466.525 repeater input frequency when they're flying.
A-Beep Chicago-area LTR
LTR Standard
Lockport Site (9), talkgroup 0-08-010. Lifestar refers to this as the "Joliet" channel. If you are unable to hear this system, the helo can often be heard on the input (469.300) to their home channel repeater when they're flying.
MedForce Helicopter
Superior Ambulance Service / AIR MED 1

See the wiki for additional info.

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Dispatch operations on talkgroup 36531.
FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
476.8625WPPW990 RM 110.9 PL SuperiorAirMed 1 Superior Air Med 1 Helo (Deprecated?) FMN EMS Dispatch
University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)

They fly within a 200-mile radius of Chicago.  Callsign is AEROMED 1.

FrequencyLicenseTypeToneAlpha TagDescriptionModeTag
464.800WPGP543 RM 88.5 PL UCAN Helo Ops Operations (with 129.475) FMN EMS Dispatch
129.475KWU9 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 parts of Madison and St Clair, all of Decatur/Macon, Sarah Bush Hospital in Coles, all of Franklin, some of Williamson County(s)

STARCOM21 Statewide Illinois
Project 25 Phase II
Belleville UHF for Urgent calls/backup. Uses computer aided dispatching. Franklin County uses local VHF system. Macon County uses SC21.
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
155.280KB61079 BM 141.3 PL R4 Hospital Net Hospital-to-Hospital (Backup to SC21/Cellular) Disaster Coordination FMN Hospital
155.340 BM CSQ MERCI R4 Scndry MERCI Secondary (Multiple Tones-See local) FMN Hospital
155.160 BM CSQ MERCI R4 Primary MERCI Primary (Multiple Tones-See local) [MERCI 160] FMN Hospital
463.150 BM 203.5 PL MERCI R4 Med-7 Primary (Med-7) FMN Hospital
463.125 BM 203.5 PL MERCI R4 Med-6 Secondary (Med-6) FMN Hospital
463.050 BM 203.5 PL MERCI R4 Med-3 Tertiary (Med-3) FMN Hospital
463.175 BM 203.5 PL MERCI R4 Med-8 Statewide (Med-8) FMN Hospital