Construction was completed on the newest Palatine fire station on the corner of Quentin Road and Echo Lane in April 2011. It replaces Station 81s old facility on Dundee Road 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 2014 Ferrara Igniter pumper with a 1,500 gallon per minute pump, a 500 gallon water tank and over 2,000 feet of fire hose, ranging from 1.5 inch to 4 inches 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 hydraulic generator and flood lights, 28 foot and 14 foot 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.
Our Reserve Engine 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 1.5 inch to 4 inch 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 foot and 14 foot ground ladders and a pre-piped deck gun capable of flowing 1,000 gallons per minute. This vehicle formerly served as Engine 81. 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.
UTV-81 is a 2015 Polaris 6-wheel Utility Terrain Vehicle. It is equipped with a medical bed that carries a Stokes litter and Basic Life Support equipment to provide care for a patient and transportation capability. It can be used in rough, off-road terrain such as Deer Grove Forest Preserve, or to provide service in tight congested areas such as during festivals or other events. It can also be used to transport personnel, equipment and supplies into difficult to access areas such as during water rescue or technical rescue incidents, and it also has value in assisting responses during weather extremes or for brush fires. It has its own trailer that it is used to transport it to or from scenes.
Palatine is the host department for MABAS Division 1’s Boat Package. The package consists of a 16 foot Rescue 1 Connector flat-bottom boat with a console-steered 40 horse-power Evinrude outboard motor, a 16 foot Zodiac inflatable boat with a tiller-steered 40 horse-power Evinrude outboard, and an inflatable Rapid Deployment Craft, which can be carried to a remote or difficult-to-access area and hand launched. The boats are carried on a custom built double trailer, which also carries an extensive selection of water rescue equipment. These boats can be used for a wide variety of water rescue missions, from open water dive operations to flood evacuations. As a MABAS asset, they respond on any water rescue incident in Division 1, and can be requested to respond to a water-related disaster anywhere in the state as part of Division 1’s Water Rescue Task Force.
This Ford F-250 pickup truck is used for multiple utility duties for the department, including snow plowing and equipment/supply hauling. It can often be seen carrying training equipment such as smoke machines, training manikins, signage and tools to and from various training sites around the village. In addition, it carries our Fire Investigation Team’s gear, and responds as needed to supply the necessary equipment to support investigation activities at fire scenes. It also is equipped with a hitch allowing it to tow any of our trailers to support various operations.