Station 83 was built in 2003, and is located within a stone’s throw of Illinois Route 53, and for good reason. Formerly known as Station 20, this station responds to a large majority of the incidents that occur on this main thoroughfare, due to its close proximity and easy access to the roadway heading either direction. Staffed by a Lieutenant and 4 Firefighter / Paramedics, Ambulance and Quint 83 are frequently responding to car accidents on Route 53, emergency medical responses to nearby residential mid-rises, and calls on a long stretch of Northwest Highway as part of their district. Reserve Quint 83 is housed at this station as a replacement vehicle if one of the fire department’s other aerials needs repair, or if there is a large incident that occurs within Palatine. In such an event, off-duty firefighters will respond from home and staff the unit to help cover the additional call volume that may occur throughout Palatine.
Engine 83 is a 2020 Pierce Enforcer with a 1,500 gallons per minute pump and a 750 gallons water tank. It carries over 2,000 feet of hose, ranging in sizes from 1.5 inch to 4 inch. It has a Deck Gun that is capable of flowing 1000 gallons per minute. It is equipped with Advanced Life Support medical gear. It carries a 2000 watt portable generator. It has 28 and 14 foot ground ladders, as well as various hand tools and scene lighting.
Ambulance 83 is a 2018 Braun ambulance, on a Ford F-550 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 Quint 83 is a 2009 Pierce Impel XM quint. It has a 75 foot main aerial ladder, a 1,500 gallon per minute fire pump, and a 500 gallon water tank. In addition, it carries over 1,500 feet of hose and over 140 feet of ground ladders. A pre-piped waterway on the aerial ladder supplies a master stream device that can flow over 800 gallons per minute.