Ambulance 63 is the department’s newest mobile intensive care unit. Purchased in 2013, this vehicle serves as the primary response unit and carries all of the advanced life support equipment required for emergency medical service and equipment for firefighter/paramedics who may ride on this vehicle. As the primary vehicle this ambulance responds to the majority of the 2,000 plus EMS requests annually.
Ambulance 65 is the department’s second response mobile intensive care unit. Purchased in 2008, this vehicle serves as the secondary response unit and carries all of the same advanced life support equipment required for emergency medical service and equipment for firefighter/paramedics who may ride on this vehicle. Despite being our back-up ambulance this vehicle responds to numerous EMS requests in any given year due to the relatively high number of multiple responses.
Ambulance 61 is the oldest ambulance in the fire department’s fleet and moved to ‘reserve’ status in the fall of 2013 when Ambulance 63 was delivered. This unit now serves as the shared ambulance for Matteson, Park Forest, Richton Park, South Chicago Heights, Steger Estates and University Park and is available for use by these departments on a first-come, first-serve basis when one of their ambulances is out of service. Each of the above departments contributes to a maintenance fund for this vehicle annually and their respective use of the vehicle is also tracked by the department.