Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) Center a combined fire and EMS dispatch center, was established in 1977 through the cooperative efforts of the participating fire departments and their parent municipalities. The fire departments involved in RED Center are:
Deerfield/Bannockburn Fire Protection District
Des Plaines Fire Department
Highwood Fire Department
Lincolnshire/Riverwoods Fire Protection District
Lincolnwood Fire Department
Long Grove Fire Protection District
Morton Grove Fire Department
Niles Fire Department
North Maine Fire Protection District
Northbrook Fire Department
Northfield Fire Department
Park Ridge Fire Department
Prospect Heights Fire Protection District
Wheeling Fire Department
Wilmette Fire Department
Winnetka Fire Department
How It Works RED Center operates one of the most sophisticated and technically advanced fire communication centers in the metropolitan area. Utilizing a computer-aided dispatch system, once an address is entered, the computer determines the location of the alarm and the closest appropriate emergency vehicle. If a vehicle is unavailable due to another alarm, it is automatically replaced with the next closest vehicle.
A number of additional programs have been developed through the cooperative efforts of the member departments, which benefit all of the communities involved in RED Center. Some examples of these programs are:
A joint purchasing program has been established.
RED departments participate in combined training programs and cross-training of personnel which improves joint emergency operations.
Members cooperatively share reserve apparatus.
RED Center is located at 1842 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062, 847-724-5700, and is under the direction of James P. Clausen, Executive Director.