About Us

backgroundThe Antioch Rescue Squad is the sole provider of 911 ambulance service for the Antioch Township. The rescue squad functions at an Advanced Life Support level (ALS), and was the first ALS (Paramedic) ambulance provider in the State of Illinois. Since 1940, members of the Antioch Rescue Squad have given time, talent, sweat, tears, and often their own blood in order that others in need may be given comfort – care – support – and the best emergency medical treatment available.

Our fleet of 4 ALS ambulances, 4 BLS first response vehicles, and 2 bike units is staffed by a volunteer membership. For more information on volunteering, or our membership requirements, click here.

Our members are governed by a set of bylaws and a Board of Directors. The Board currently consists of eight individuals elected by the general membership. Four board members are duty officers and include the Chief, Deputy Chief, and two Assistant Chiefs. The three remaining directors, President, Treasurer and Secretary, are not members of the Squad. These independent directors are community members with medical, professional, or business backgrounds relevant and beneficial to the operation of the squad.

The Antioch Rescue Squad operates without placing a tax burden on the public.  The rescue squad purchases all of its own
equipment and vehicles. The majority of our operating budget is derived from contributions and memorials from our good friends, neighbors, and civic organizations.  The Antioch Rescue Squad is an IRS 501 (c)3 corporation and contributions are considered fully deductible (please consult with your tax professional).

Our primary fundraiser of the year is held on the first Sunday in August, our annual Farmer’s Auction. The auction is held in
conjunction with the Antioch Lion’s Club Chicken BBQ.

In addition to providing 911 EMS service to the community, ARS sponsors blood drives, holds blood pressure screenings, teaches CPR classes, and provides first aid/standby ambulance service at community events.

Antioch Rescue is dispatched by Cencom 911. If you have critical medical dispatch information that you would like added to the notes on your address, please contact us.

All of our ambulances are equipped with laptops to receive preliminary dispatch information and mapping information. The Rescue Squad is dispatched via voice pagers. Our pager and two way radio traffic is hosted on the Lake County Fire Quad 2 radio system. We utilize an electronic handheld patient care reporting system that is unique to our department and was the first of it’s kind in Illinois.

Antioch Rescue Squad receives and provides mutual aid ambulance assistance with neighboring departments, including: Lake Villa, Fox Lake, Salem Rescue (WI), Newport, Spring Grove, and Zion. Antioch Rescue Squad participates in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), cooperating with public safety agencies throughout the area.