Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S12-04
Emergency Service Agencies
Issue Date:30 June 1989Effective Date:01 July 1989
Rescinds:S89-17
Index Category:Outside Organizations
I.Purpose
This directive informs members of various agencies within the City of Chicago that provide services at the scene of major fires, disasters, civil disorders and similar emergencies.
II.Agencies
  • A.American Red Cross
    • 1.The American Red Cross provides food, clothing, shelter and medical supplies for victims of fires, disasters, civil disorders and similar emergencies.
    • 2.Vehicles of the American Red Cross are defined as "authorized emergency vehicles" (Municipal Code of Chicago, Chapter 27 section 200). When responding to an emergency, the drivers will active an oscillating red light and sound a siren.
    • 3.Red Cross vehicles are conspicuously marked with official identification place cards on the door and rear trunk sections, and with a numbered Red Cross decal attached to the windshield. The number on the decal should correspond with the number displayed on the placard.
    • 4.Red Cross personnel, who wear official Red Cross arm bands, will present official Red Cross identification card upon request. In addition, disaster supervisors, who wear Red Cross badges on their outer garment, will also present their official Red Cross identification cards upon request.
  • B.Salvation Army
    • 1.The Salvation Army Headquarters Emergency Team operates mobile canteens which respond to fires, disasters, civil disorders and similar emergencies.
    • 2.Vehicles of the Salvation Army are defined as "authorized emergency vehicles" (Municipal Code of Chicago, Chapter 27 section 200). When responding to an emergency, the driver will active an oscillating red light and sound siren.
    • 3.Members of the Salvation Army Emergency Team will possess official Salvation Army Identification cards, and passes issued by the Chicago Fire Department. They may respond to the scene of an emergency in their private vehicles in order to deliver food supplies.
  • C.Department of Human Services
    • 1.The City of Chicago, Department of Human Services, provides counseling and support to victims of fires, disasters, civil disorders and similar emergencies either directly or through referral to other agencies or City Departments.
    • 2.Members of the Department of Human Services may be identified by the City of Chicago photo identification card issued by the Department of Human Resources.
  • D.Hospital Medical Teams (Field)
    • 1.Various hospitals within the City Of Chicago have agreed to dispatch medical teams to disaster sites in order to provide on-site emergency medical treatment.
    • 2.Members of medical teams may be identified by green construction-type helmets that bear the name of the hospital from which they were dispatched.
  • E.Metropolitan Ambulance Association
    • 1.Metropolitan Ambulance Association of Chicago has offered to provide ambulances during a disaster, upon request to supplement the public ambulances operated by the Chicago Fire Department.
    • 2.When responding to a scene, ambulances will be directed to a staging area from which they will be dispatched under the direction of a field officer, Emergency Medical Services, Chicago Fire Department.
III.Procedures
  • A.When the services of these agencies become necessary, they should be requested via dispatcher.
  • B.Representatives of these agencies, after having established their identity by means of proper identification, may be permitted to cross police and fire lines when their services are required.
LeRoy Martin
Superintendent of Police
87-107 UESU(MER)