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Old 11-10-2018, 5:14 PM
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So on limited accesses highways which department responds to what areas? For example the Edens up to Devon is CFD, Devone to touhey is Lincolnwood, Touhey to Lake is Skokie, Lake to Tower Northbound is Wilmette, Tower to Lake Cook is Northbrook, Southbound from Dundee to Willow is Northbrook, Southbound from Willow to Lake is Northbrook, and Lake to Old Orchard is Wilmette, am I correct? And how is this for other Expressway and Tollways? Thanks.
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So on limited accesses highways which department responds to what areas? For example the Edens up to Devon is CFD, Devone to touhey is Lincolnwood, Touhey to Lake is Skokie, Lake to Tower Northbound is Wilmette, Tower to Lake Cook is Northbrook, Southbound from Dundee to Willow is Northbrook, Southbound from Willow to Lake is Northbrook, and Lake to Old Orchard is Wilmette, am I correct? And how is this for other Expressway and Tollways? Thanks.
When I worked in District 15 in the late 80’s the Tollway contracted with different Fire Departments to cover specific areas of the toll road. The Tollway also contracted with different tow companies which were issued Tollway radios in the Chicago Metro area.

I worked on I-90 and if their was a tow needed near I-90 and Route 53 Carmy’s towing was dispatched. If a Patron (motorist) could request a tow truck or road side service dispatch would attempt to contact AAA or other service if they weren’t to busy. O Hare Towing provided a lot of the heavy duty large/oversize tow trucks. Schaumburg FD had Rte 53 NW passed Rte 59 to near the Fox River bridges. Elgin Fire Dept. took care of the Rte 25 & 31 area. Further out Belvidere Fire and Roscoe Harlem would respond. I-90 near Arlington Height’s Road was covered by Buffalo Grove FD. I suspect the same system is used today but the actual providers may have changed.

If an incident was created in the CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) all the Services were provided for the telecommunicator (TC) on the computer screen. If the TC needed a FD there was a telephone speed dial or radio link to each FD or tow service. The Tollway was very organized and had very regulated system to optimize manpower and not tie up the radio frequency anymore than required.
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The Tollway has response areas for Fire/EMS set up by who has best and fastest access. Near I-88 and I-355 is a hodgepodge of Fire departments. Lisle/woodridge covers Eastbound to Highland ave. Well into the Village limits of Downers Grove. Downers Covered Eastbound East of Highland almost to Midwest Rd. into OakBrook. While York Center FD covered westbound to the entrance at Downers drive and Downers covered west of Downers drive to Rt 53. It all hinged on where there was an entrance ramp. Many times both or all three were up there for the same incident as the Tollway would request the contracted FD and a Passerby would call 911 and get the local PSAP and they would dispatch their FD. Now since all the departments are now DuComm it happens less
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