1215 N. Quentin Rd.
Construction was completed on the newest Palatine fire station on the corner of Quentin Road and Echo Lane in April, 2011. It replaces Station 81's old facility on Dundee Rd. with one better located to serve our residents in the northwestern section of Palatine, as well as one that can more efficiently fill the needs of 21st century fire / rescue operations. We moved into this station and began to run calls from this location on May 2, 2011.
Station 81 is staffed by three members; typically a Lieutenant and two firefighter / paramedics. They staff either Engine 81 or Ambulance 81, depending on the nature of the call. Any support apparatus then respond from other stations. In addition to Engine and Ambulance 81, this station houses our Reserve Engine.
Engine 81 is a 2001 E-One Protector pumper with a 1,500 gallon per minute pump, a 750 gallon water tank and over 2,000 feet of fire hose, ranging from 1 ½“ to 4” sizes. It is equipped with Advanced Life Support medical gear and carries a thermal imaging camera and a selection of hand and power tools for firefighting and rescue. It also has a 5000 watt generator and flood lights, 28’ and 14’ ground ladders, and a pre-piped deck gun capable of flowing 1,000 gallons per minute.
Ambulance 81 is a 2005 Wheeled Coach ambulance, mounted on an International chassis. It is equipped with a full complement of state-of-the-art Advanced Life Support medical equipment, including a monitor / defibrillator / external pacemaker with 12-lead ECG capability, advanced airway equipment which includes a transport ventilator and a CPAP unit, medications, immobilization and patient transfer devices, and trauma supplies. It also has a cold water rescue suit and water rescue rope along with life vests, as well as basic forcible entry tools and self-contained breathing apparatus for fire responses.
Reserve Engine 81
Reserve Engine 81 is a 1996 E-One pumper with a 1,500 gallon per minute pump, a 750 gallon water tank and over 2,000 feet of fire hose, ranging from 1 ½“ to 4” sizes. It is equipped with Advanced Life Support medical gear and carries basic firefighting and rescue tools. It also has a 5000 watt generator and flood lights, 28' and 14' ground ladders and a pre-piped deck gun capable of flowing 1,000 gallons per minute. This vehicle formerly served as Engine 82. Normally unmanned, this unit can be staffed in the event of a significant, long-term incident or multiple incidents that require off-duty personnel to be called back to work.
Rehab 81 is a former ambulance that has been re-purposed as a rehabilitiation unit, used for on-scene medical care and rehab of firefighters and other workers at various emergency incidents and events. The unit is staffed by volunteer members of the Palatine Emergency Management Agency's
Fire Rehab Team. These volunteers have undergone additional training to provide this critical support function, which in turn frees up firefighters and paramedics to perform other tasks. Typical duties for the Fire Rehab Team include providing hydration (fluids) and nutrition, setup of cooling stations in hot weather or warming stations in cold weather, medical monitoring of responders, and so on. The Rehab Team has also worked with various special teams, and has provided rehab services at larger-scale training exercises for these teams, as well as at various fire training events. These training opportunities keep the team sharp, and improve the level of coordination and cooperation with Palatine firefighters and those mutual aid partners we work with on a regular basis.