Chicago Fire Department Signatures
CFD Radio
CFD Districts & Battalions
  • Front line companies (Engines, Trucks, Tower Ladders, Ambulances, Squads, Battalion Chiefs) normally ID with their type and number, e.g. "Engine Twenty Nine", "Tower Ladder Four", "Ambulance Fifteen", et cetera (actually, the Ambulances are often referred to as "Number", as in "Number 8").
  • Note: All the units below are believed to be in service, but the signatures may be historical and no longer in use.
  • A red dot red ball appears next to signatures known to still be active and heard on the air.
  • District Chiefs (2-1-2x) work a regular 8x5 shift. Deputy District Chiefs work rotating 24-hour shifts to provide 24x7 coverage.
  • 24x7, staffed Fire Suppression and Rescue Division companies have a red background while similar EMS Division companies have a yellow background
  • DFC = Deputy Fire Commissioner, ADFC = Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner, DC = District Chief, DDC = Deputy District Chief, BC = Battalion Chief
  • Updated for dissolution of 4th District, addition of ADFC North/South.
Updates, corrections to the CARMA list.
Last Update: Thursday, 20-Sep-2012 07:52:23 MST
Signature Unit (Notes)
1 - 1-2-9 Engines 1 - 129
2-1-1 Englewood Fire Alarm Office
2-1-2 Main Fire Alarm Office
2-1-3red ball Fire Commissioner
2-1-4red ball First Deputy Fire Commissioner
2-1-5red ball DFC - Bureau of Operations
2-1-6red ball DFC - Bureau of Fire Prevention
2-1-7red ball DFC - Bureau of Employee Relations
2-1-8red ball DFC - Bureau of Support Services
2-1-9red ball ADFC - Special Operations
2-1-10red ball ADFC - Bureau of Operatons - Fire North
2-1-11 ADFC - Bureau of Operations - EMS
2-1-12red ball ADFC - Bureau of Operatons - Fire South
2-1-20 DC, Assistant to the Fire Commissioner
2-1-23red ball DC - Airport Operations
2-2-1red ball DDC - 1st District (@ Engine 42)
2-2-2red ball DDC - 2nd District (@ Engine 108)
2-1-23red ball
2-2-3red ball
DC
DDC - 3rd District - Airport Ops (@ O'Hare Rescue 1)
2-2-5red ball DDC - 5th District (@ Engine 84)
2-2-6red ball DDC - 6th District (@ Engine 81)
2-1-27red ball DC, Director of Equipment and Supply
2-1-28red ball DC, Director of Training
2-1-29red ball DC, Fire Prevention Bureau
2-1-30red ball DC, Director of Safety
2-1-33red ball DC, Special Functions
2-3-1 - 2-3-10
2-4-1 - 2-4-10
2-5-1 - 2-5-4
Battalion Chiefs 1 - 24
2-7-1red ball Command Van (@ Engine 42)
2-7-2red ball Command Van (@ Engine 112)
2-7-3red ball Command Van (@ Engine 49)
2-7-4red ball Command Van (@ Engine 122)
2-7-8red ball Command Van (@ O'Hare Rescue 1)
2-7-9red ball Incident Managment Command Post
2-8-3 Training Officer - Engineer
2-8-4 Training Officer - EMS
2-8-5 Training Officer - Fire Prevention
2-8-6 Training Vehicle - Engine Co
2-8-7 Training Vehicle - Truck Co
2-8-8 Training Vehicle - Ambulance
2-8-9 Training Division - SCUBA Instructor
2-9-0 - 2-9-2 Training Division - Academy Bus
2-9-7 Training Officer - HAZMAT
2-9-8 - 2-9-9 - 2-9-11 Training Officer - O'Hare Airport
2-9-10 Training Officer - Midway Airport
3-1-1 Aerial Tower 1
3-1-2 - 3-7-2 Trucks 2 - 62 Except as noted below
3-1-5 Tower Ladder 5
3-1-10 Tower Ladder 10
3-2-4 Tower Ladder 14
3-3-1 Tower Ladder 21
3-3-3 Tower Ladder 23
3-4-4 Tower Ladder 34
3-4-7 Tower Ladder 37
3-4-9 Tower Ladder 39
3-4-10 Tower Ladder 40
3-6-4 Tower Ladder 54
3-7-3 Tower Ladder 63
4-0-0 5-11 Club Canteen Service - Supervisor
4-0-1 5-11 Club Canteen 1 (@Engine 106)
4-0-2 5-11 Club Canteen 2 (@Engine 80)
4-0-3 - 4-0-4 Canteen Service - Deputy Supervisors
4-0-6 Salvation Army Canteen
4-1-1 Chaplain - Catholic
4-1-2 Chaplain - Protestant
4-1-3 Chaplain - Jewish
4-1-4 Personnel Division - Department Physician
4-1-5 Personnel Division - Director
4-1-6 Personnel Division - Assistant Director
4-1-7red ball Media Affairs - Director
4-1-8red ball Media Affairs - Assistant Director
4-1-9 Media Affairs - Liason
4-1-10 - 4-1-13 Media Affairs - Officer
4-1-15 Commander Medical Service
4-2-0 OEMC - Director
4-2-1 OEMC - Deputy Director
4-2-2 Communications - Chief Dispatcher
4-2-3 Communications - Administrator
4-2-4 Communications - Training Officer
4-2-5 Communications - Specialist
4-2-9? Communications - Repair Foreman
4-2-6 - 4-2-10red ball Communications - Repair Technicians
4-2-12 Interoperabilty Van
4-3-1 Mayor
4-3-2 Mayor's Chief of Staff
4-3-3 Mayor's Escort Car
4-3-4 Commissioner - Streets & Sanitation
4-3-5 Commissioner - Health Dept
4-3-6 Commissioner - Water Dept
4-3-7 Chairman - Finance Committee
4-3-8 Chairman - Police & Fire Committee
4-3-9 Mayor's Mobile Office
4-3-10 Police Superintendant
4-4-0 EMS - Chief Paramedic
4-4-1red ball EMS - Deputy Chief Paramedic - Field Division North (8x5)
4-4-2red ball EMS - Deputy Chief Paramedic - Field Division South (8x5)
4-4-3 EMS - Deputy Chief Paramedic - Field Support
4-4-4red ball EMS - Medical Advisor
4-4-5red ball ???
4-4-11red ball EMS - Assistant Deputy Chief Paramedic - Field Division North (24x7)
4-4-12red ball EMS - Assistant Deputy Chief Paramedic - Field Division South (24x7)
4-4-13 EMS - Assistant Deputy Chief Paramedic - Training
4-4-20 EMS - FACT Program Coordinator
4-4-21 EMS - Assistant FACT Program Coordinator
4-5-1red ball EMS - Field Chief - 1st District (@ Engine 13)
4-5-2red ball EMS - Field Chief - 2nd District (@ Engine 112)
4-5-3red ball EMS - Field Chief - 3rd District (@ Engine 79)
4-5-4red ball EMS - Field Chief - 4th District (@ Engine 117)
4-5-5red ball EMS - Field Chief - 5th District (@ Engine 88)
4-5-6red ball EMS - Field Chief - 6th District (@ Engine 81)
4-5-7red ball EMS - Field Chief - 7th District (@ Engine 23)
4-5-8red ball EMS - Field Chief - 8th District (@ Engine 63)
4-6-1red ball Office of Fire Investigation (OFI) - Commanding Fire Marshall
4-6-2 OFI - Assistant Commanding Fire Marshall
4-6-3 OFI - Senior Supervising Fire Marshall
4-6-4red ball OFI - Supervising Fire Marshall (24x7 - @ Engine 18)
4-6-5 - 4-6-9red ball OFI - Fire Marshalls (24x7 - @ Engine 18)
4-6-10 OFI - Major Incident Investigation Unit
4-6-11 - 4-6-13 OFI Support Units
4-6-19red ball Office of the State Fire Marshall - Cause & Origin Dog
4-7-0 Deputy Coordinator Emergency Preparedness
4-7-1 Cook County Sheriff
4-7-2 Cook County ESDA Coordinator
4-7-3 IEMA Regional Coordinator
4-7-4 MABAS Coordinator
4-7-5 - 4-7-9 Cook Co EMA Units
4-8-0 Director of Safety
4-8-1 Safety Officer - Breathing Apparatus
4-8-2 Safety Officer - Building Maintenance
4-8-3red ball Safety Officer - Records & Statistics
4-8-4red ball Safety Officer - Fire & Rescue
4-8-5red ball Safety Officer - Public Education
4-8-6red ball Coordinator - Breathing Apparatus
4-8-7red ball Safety Officer - Employee Relations
4-8-8 Safety Officer - Academy Operations
4-8-9red ball Safety Officer - Fire Commissary??
4-8-10 Safety Officer - Training
4-8-11 Safety Officer - Air-Sea Rescue
4-9-0 Fire Prevention - District Chief
4-9-1 - 4-9-3 Photo/Video Unit - Integrated into OFI, 2010
4-9-4 Building and Property Maintenance - Director
4-9-5 Chief Fire Prevention Engineer
4-9-7A - 4-9-7D Public Education Units
4-9-8 Community Services - Coordinator
4-9-9 Community Services - Assistant Coordinator
5-1-0red ball Hazardous Incident Team - Coordinator
5-1-1red ball HAZMAT Unit (@ Engine 16)
5-1-1Ared ball HAZMAT Tender (@ Engine 60)
5-1-2red ball HAZMAT Unit (@ O'Hare Rescue 3)
5-1-5red ball BC, Special Operations (@ Engine 5)
5-1-11red ball HAZMAT Unit (@ Engine 22)
5-2-0red ball Special Operations - Chief
5-2-1red ball Special Operations - Collapse Rescue Unit (@ Engine 5)
5-2-2red ball Special Operations - Collapse Rescue Unit ("The Lumber Truck" - @ Engine 14)
5-2-3red ball Special Operations - Air Compressor
5-2-4red ball Special Operations - RescueVac
5-2-5red ball Special Operations - Technical Rescue Team
5-2-6red ball Special Operations - Tunnel Rescue
5-3-0red ball Special Operations - Decontamination Unit (@ Engine 22)
5-3-1 Special Operations - Decontamination Trailer (@ O'Hare)
5-4-0 Special Operations - CTA liason
5-4-1 Special Operations - OEMC liason
With the exception of Squad 7, squad companies are two piece companies consisting of a Heavy Rescue and a Snorkel Unit. The Snorkel is identified as "Squad XA", where X is one of the numbers listed. Squad 7A is a mini-pumper at O'Hare used to access parking garage incidents. The signatures are historical.
5-5-1 Squad 1 (@ Engine 42)
5-5-2 Squad 2 (@ Engine 91)
5-5-5 Squad 5 (@ Engine 116)
5-5-7 Squad 7 (@ O'Hare Rescue 3)
5-6-1 - 5-6-3 Special Operations - Jump Bags (@ Engines 4, 124, and 47)
5-6-5 Special Operations - (fmr ambo)
5-6-6 Special Operations - (box truck)
5-6-7 Special Operations - POD 2
5-7-1 - 5-7-2red ball Rehab Units (@ Engines 49, 68)
5-7-3red ball Rehab Unit (@ O'Hare Rescue 3)
5-7-4 - 5-7-6 Building and Property Maintenance Units
5-8-0 Internal Affairs Division - Director
5-8-3 - 5-8-14red ball Internal Affairs Division - Investigators
6-1-1, 6-1-2red ball Hose Wagons (@ Engines 81, 26)
6-2-1 Dry Chem Unit 1 - formerly at Meigs Field
6-2-2 Dry Chem Unit 2 (@ Engine 65)
6-2-3 Dry Chem Unit 3 - formerly at Meigs Field
6-2-4 - 6-2-6 Dry Chem Units (@ Engines 4, 46, 26)
6-3-0 Logistics Unit - O'Hare
6-3-1 High Expansion Foam Unit (@ Engine 26)
6-3-2 Bulk Foam Carrier (@ Engine 28)
6-3-4 - 6-3-5 Portable Stairway Units (@ Engine 127, O'Hare Rescue 2)
6-3-6 Chemical Unit - formerly at Meigs Field
6-3-7 Mini-pumper (@ Engine 127)
6-3-8 Chemical Unit (@ Engine 80)
6-3-9 Triage Van - O'Hare
6-4-1 Air Mask Unit - Assistant Coordinator
6-4-xred ball Support Services except below
6-4-4 - 6-4-5red ball Breathing Apparatus Service - Bottle Delivery
6-4-9red ball Air Mask
6-4-16red ball High Rise Unit
6-4-18red ball ???
6-5-1 - 6-5-2red ball MDW Crash Trucks (@ Engine 127)
6-5-3, 6-5-7, 6-5-8red ball ORD Crash Truck (@ O'Hare Rescue 1)
6-5-4 - 6-5-6red ball ORD Crash Truck (@ O'Hare Rescue 2)
6-5-9 ORD Crash Truck - (@ O'Hare Rescue 4)
6-5-11 Crash Truck - ORD Spare
6-6-1red ball Reserve Snorkel (@ Engine 35)
6-7-1, 6-7-3, 6-7-6 Deluge Units (@Engines 23, 108, 104)
6-8-0 DDC, Air-Sea Rescue - Commander
6-8-1 - 6-8-3red ball Air-Sea Rescue - Helicopters
6-8-6 Air-Sea Rescue - Dive Coordinator (@ Engine 13)
6-8-7red ball Air-Sea Rescue - SCUBA Team ("Dive Van" - @ Engine 13)
6-8-8 Boat (@ Engine 2/58)
6-8-9 Boat (@ Engine 104)
7-1-0 Director - Equipment & Supplies
7-1-1 Assistant Director - Equipment & Supplies
7-1-3 Repair Shop - Shift Lieutenant
7-1-4 Repair Shop - General Foreman
7-2-1 - 7-2-3 Repair Shop - Fuel Trucks (Historical - now operated by Fleet Services and not CFD)
7-3-1 Repair Shop - Electricians
7-4-1 Repair Shop - Mechanic - North
7-4-2 Repair Shop - Mechanic - South
7-4-3 Repair Shop - Mechanic - Marine
7-4-4 Repair Shop - Mechanic - Citywide
7-4-5 Repair Shop - Mechanic - O'Hare
7-4-6 Repair Shop - Automotive Tester
7-4-7 Repair Shop - Mechanic - O'Hare
7-4-8 Repair Shop - Parts Delivery Truck
7-5-1n North Messenger
7-5-1s South Messenger
7-5-2 Repair Shop - Wrecker - Light Duty
7-5-3 Repair Shop - Wrecker - Medium Duty
7-5-4 Repair Shop - Wrecker - Heavy Duty
7-5-5 Repair Shop - Ladder Repair Truck
7-5-6 Repair Shop - Tire Repair Truck
7-5-7 Repair Shop - Mobile Lube Truck
7-6-1 Hose Repair Truck
7-6-2 Ready Room Truck
7-6-3 Warehouse Truck
7-6-4 MRE Delivery Truck
7-6-5 Supply Truck
7-7-0red ball District Commander - EMS Support
7-7-1 - 7-7-4 EMS Supply Trucks
8-1-1 - 8-1-10 Ambulances 1 - 10
8-2-1 - 8-2-10 Ambulances 11 - 20
8-3-1 - 8-3-10 Ambulances 21 - 30
8-4-1 - 8-4-10 Ambulances 31 - 40
8-5-1 - 8-5-10 Ambulances 41 - 50
8-6-1 - 8-6-9 Ambulances 51 - 59
8-7-5 Reserve Ambulance
8-7-10 Reserve Ambulance
8-8-1 Mass Casualty Unit (@ O'Hare Rescue 3)
8-8-2 Mass Casualty Unit (@ Engine 55)
8-8-3red ball Mass Casualty Units (@ Engine 47)
8-8-4 Mass Casualty Units (@ Engine 23)
8-8-6 MDW Triage Van (@ Engine 127)
9-1-2red ball Light Wagon (@ Engine 68)
9-1-3red ball Light Wagon (@ Engine 83)
9-1-4red ball Light Wagon
9-1-5red ball Light Wagon (@ Engine 28)
9-1-6red ball Light Wagon (@ Engine 47)
9-2-1 - 9-2-3 Mobile Ventilation Units (Smoke Ejector) (@ Engines 107, 123, 106)

Last Update: Thursday, 20-Sep-2012 07:52:23 MST
Author: Peter Laws
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