Coles County (IL)

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Illinois State Police Troop 5

Coles County Government

Dial-A-Ride is the county's public transportation program "Coles County Council on Aging"

  • 461.85 Repeater 662 DPL Coles Animal Coles County Animal Shelter [Expired] Still in use?? WNJX623

Coles-Moultrie County 911 - CECOM (Charleston) Facebook

  • CECOM is the 911 dispatch center for the public safety agencies in Coles County
  • CECOM stands for Coles, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Oakland and Mattoon
  • Agencies Dispatched: Charleston Police & Fire, EIU Police, Coles County Sheriff Patrol, Mattoon Police & Fire, Lincoln Fire, Mitchell-Jerden Ambulance, Cooks Mills Fire, Humboldt Fire, Wabash Fire, Hutton Fire, Seven-Hickory-Morgan Fire, Ashmore Fire, Oakland Fire/Ambulance, Mattoon ESDA, Charleston/Coles Co ESDA
  • 11/08 - Mattoon Dispatchers are now part of CECOM Article

Coles County Sheriff

  • Coles County Crisis Response Team - have officers from County, Charleston, EIU PD, Mattoon and Lakeland. Negotiators (SWAT) to neutralize risky situations.
  • Deputies have access to Lakeland College Police (155.79 RM 153.7550 151.4)
  • 6/24 - New DMR 155.7825 Repeater with 151.3625 input  Application 00111102390 KSC428

Possible unconfirmed/old frequencies

  • 153.905 M Sheriff: Car-to-Car (Old? not 88.5 PL) KSC438
  • 156.090 M Sheriff: Tactical (NOT 88.5 PL) (or 153.9050)
  • 159.210 M Sheriff: Detectives "Private Call" (Old?)

Charleston-Coles County EMA Facebook

  • Includes members from all over the county including Charleston and the former Mattoon ESDA (Rescue & Dive Team) Dive teams located in Charleston & Mattoon

146.6550 162.2 PL, 444.9250 SKYWARN Coles & Moultrie Counties (MARK)

  • Charleston Receive link to 146.655 is 446.2 103.5 PL

Coles County Emergency Management Amateur Radio Club KC9KRA

EMS Agencies and Hospitals

Dunn's Ambulance (no longer in service)

Serving Mattoon -- Located at 1821 Marshall Avenue

  • 5 Units in the shed: 3X52, 3X53, 3X58 van (5/08), now 3-I-55 heard locally (was Carlinville unit) (4/25/11)
  • News Article

AMR Abbott EMS

  • 1-2 units serving Sarah Bush Hospital 3 trucks in county, including one based in Neoga> News

Baker Ambulance Service

Took over ambulance service for Oakland Fire Protection district as of 11/2009; serves the Oakland, IL area. Operates 1 ambulance (3X20) Employs 2 full time Paramedics, 2 full time EMT- Basics and 4 part time EMT-Basics.

  • Paging: uses CECOM county fire and ambulance dispatch 159.0900 88.5 PL; Ambulance to Hospital Comms: MERCI 155.3400 100.0 PL

Mitchell-Jerden Funeral Home/EMS (Mattoon)

  • Units are 3X14, 3X15 & 3X16 (ALS)

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (SBLHC Mattoon/Charleston)

Air Medical

  • Air Evac Lifeteam 145 (Mattoon) operates on 158.4 D152

Townships and Water Districts

Cooks Mills is in North Okaw Twp. Humboldt is in its own Twp. Mattoon Twp is just outside borders of Mattoon. Paradise Twp-southwest corner of county out of Mattoon that includes Lake Mattoon and the tiny Lake Paradise. Lafayette Twp is south and east rural Mattoon and west out of Charleston. Pleasant Grove Twp contains the Village of Lerna. Hutton TWP contains Hutton. Ashmore Twp contains Ashmore. Seven-Hickory and Morgan TWP (kind of combined) are east of Humboldt and North of Charleston and includes Fairgrange, Bushton, Rardin. East Oakland Twp

  • Oakland Township has been reported previously to use their 460.85 R, but has been hear using the county frequency 1/10
  • 151.0250 BM 67.0 PL East Oakland Township Road Maintenance [Exp. 1/06] WNED234
  • 151.0250 BM 67.0 PL Humboldt Township Road Maintenance KNIF490
  • 151.0250 156.165 RM 67.0 PL Lafayette Township Road Maintenance (Charleston/Mattoon) KNCF617

Municipalities and Distrcts


Ashmore Fire Protection District & ESDA

Charleston (City)

  • 155.955 Base/Mobile for Government, located at Water Tower WPCI708
  • From the Apr 2023 council meeting, money has been allocated towards a digital radio system for Police and Fire; reports that Coles County Sheriff is also going digital soon (2024)
  • 12/2023 - Global Technical will be responsible for a new P25 Digital Radio system for Charleston Police and Fire Link
  • City Council minutes LINK

Charleston Police Department
Charleston Police Department

  • Uses ISPERN and I-REACH for alternate channels (old info)

Charleston Fire Department
Charleston Fire and Rescue

  • Uses MABAS Fireground: Black, Red and Gold -- Unit-to-Unit (Fireground/Hydrant Testing)
  • 7-2wt mobile extenders, 65-2wt mobiles on 173.2875 (6K Narrow); 5-50w on 155.34 (NFM) KJU218
  • 25-110W Mobiles on 155.34 WPXQ468; 4-110W mobiles on 155.22, 155.34 (Expired 11/2001) KZ8844
  • Charleston Fire is dispatched with an alternating "high/low" tone that plays for several seconds prior to the dispatcher reading off the call info. It appears that this tone stays the same, regardless of the call (11/23).
  • In certain cases, such as a car crash with injuries, dispatcher may temporarily patch CPD and CFD together and the dispatch will be heard on both frequencies. Once the dispatch has been given, the patch will be stopped and both frequencies will be separate again.

Charleston Public Works

  • 451.4375 Fixed - Water Data WQOZ964

Charleston Misc.

  • Charleston Police and Fire Dispatchers (and Sheriff Dispatcher) have now just been noted with a new tone/chirp upon keying up the mic. They are still analog however. This is the same tone/chirp that is heard with Mattoon Dispatchers who is already digital. Potential sign that Charleston and Sheriff are getting ready for digital? (12/06/2023)
  • After some digging, approval of this new digital radio system for Charleston Police and Fire occurred during the City Council meeting on April 4, 2023 (12/09/2023)

Cooks Mills

  • Located in North Okaw Twp. Humboldt is in its own Twp. Mattoon Twp is just outside borders of Mattoon

Cooks Mills Fire Protection District


Humboldt Fire Protection District


Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District (Lerna) Website

  • Lincoln FPD of Charleston, Mattoon, and Lerna; covers Lafayette, Pleasant Grove, and Charleston Twp.
  • Listener is reporting that 158.9550 input is CSQ, as Flora Fire can be heard over repeater (Clay County)


  • EMS by Mitchell-Jerden

Mattoon Police Department

  • 42 sworn police officers and 13 support staff which includes dispatchers, clerks, and secretaries; patrols 8 sqm of corporate city limits, serving a population of 18,500.
  • East Central Illinois Task Force leases much of the third floor of the Mattoon Police Station (renewed 2018 for five years) LINK
  • Code 5 = Secure (4/21)
  • 3/23 - New license for repeaters 154.1525, 154.7325 (inputs on 159.1275, 159.225) at 5 sites for Police/Fire WRWS922 [1 site is in Charleston near the Airport]
  • 11/23 - 154.1525 is the repeater output for Mattoon Police dispatch. This frequency is digital (with a NAC of 167) although analog is being multicast on 154.815 and 453.3875. It's unknown for how long this analog patch will be in place.
  • Mattoon Police is dispatched to most incidents with an alternating "high/low" tone that plays for several seconds before the dispatcher reads the info

Mattoon Fire and Rescue Old Facebook

  • Full-time career department with 38 members, 36 shift personnel working 24/48-hour shifts and two Command personnel. (OLD Info: 37 are EMTs providing non-transport Emergency Medical Services to the community. Of the 37 EMTs, 7 are Licensed Paramedics)
  • Stations: Two within the City and 1 station located at the County Airport near Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
  • Apparatus consists of: 3 front-line Engine Companies and one reserve Engine; one 100' Aerial; one Heavy Rescue Truck; one Light-duty Medical Response Unit; one Technical Rescue Support Vehicle; 2 Emergency Response Trailers; and 2 Command Vehicles.
  • Operated an advanced life support ambulance service from 2010 to 2018

Mattoon Public Works Department

  • Street, Sewer, Water, Parks and Cemetery

MOBILE RADIO LAYOUT-Motorola CM300-32 Channel

154.0100      WPIT504  M  Matt FD MX  Old Mobile Extenders [Deleted] 
155.0850      KNNN227  BM 192.8 PL Matt FireTA2  Fireground  
465.5500      WPIT504  M  Matn FD RF  Old Remote Link [Deleted] 
154.4300        M CSQ 15443 FG CSQ  Wabash Fire (Old "National Trails Fire Association"-"National Fire")  
154.4300        M CSQ 15443 FG CSQ  Humboldt Fire  
154.4300        M  15443 FG CSQ  Cooks Mills Fire  
154.4300        M  154.43 FG ??  Windsor Fire
154.4300        M  154.43 FG ??  Effingham Fire 
154.4300        M  154.43 FG ??  Toledo Fire  
158.7750        M  Cole A/P Ops  Charleston Fireground ?? 
158.9400        M 146.2 PL Tuscola Fire  Tuscola Fire  
154.8150  156.0300   KSA874  RM 167.9 PL Matn Police1  Mattoon Police: Dispatch   
155.3400      KNNP400  M 100.0 PL MERCI-1 1000  Ambulance to Hospital Comms (to Sara Bush Lincoln)

PORTABLE RADIO LAYOUT-Motorola D1225 16 channel

154.3850  156.00000   WPIT504  RM 192.8 PL Mattoon Fire  Mattoon Fire [F-1/3] 
154.2650        M 210.7 PL IFERN  Fire: Statewide Mutual Aid [F4 NIFERN] 
154.8150  156.03000   KSA874  RM 167.9 PL Matn Police1  Mattoon Police (rpt) [F-6]
155.3400        M 100.0 PL MERCI-1 1000  Ambulance to Hospital Comms (to Sara Bush Lincoln) [F-7] 
154.1000      KXT997  M 88.5 PL Coles ESDA  Charleston-Coles County ESDA [F-9]
155.0550      KA5825  M CSQ I-REACH  Statewide Interagency Mutual Aid [F-11] 
155.6700  153.9050   KSC428  RM 88.5 PL Cole Sheriff  Coles County Sheriff [F-12]  
154.4300        M CSQ 15443 FG CSQ  Humboldt Fire [F-13]
154.2350  158.95500   WQN849  RM 88.5 PL Lncln R Fire  {Link to} Lincoln RFPD Fireground [F-14] 
155.1450      KEE995  M  Coles EMA F7  Mattoon ESDA [F-15] 
154.1300  153.7700   WPKY417  RM 123.0 PL Arcola Fire  Arcola Fire (Repeater) [F-16]  

Wabash Fire Protection District

  • 151.1225 Repeater with 156.0675 input; (Deleted 173.3125 mobile extenders) (P25/NFM) WQBS672


Oakland Community Fire Protection District and Ambulance

  • Old 460.8500 WNIH213 RM 205 DPL Fire: Tactical/Fireground [Dague, Archie]

Oakland, Illinois Police Department

  • 151.1525 Repeater w/ 159.285 input (P25/NFM, Other Digital Modes Licensed, new 2018) WRAW201
  • Listener reports 159.285 is currently the repeater output and is a patch to the Cole's Sheriff's Office Dispatch Frequency. This patch is NXDN. Due to the repeater's use of low antenna placement, listener reports Oakland's repeater can only be heard from a very small several mile radius around Oakland. This patch can not be heard in Charleston. (Feb 2024)

Seven Hickory-Morgan Fire Protection District (Bushton)

  • *155.31 Base/Mobiles/Pagers (NFM at Charleston) WQOW28
  • Old 153.77 mobiles KD38768


Mattoon Schools

Riddle Elementary School

  • Mobiles on 151.7900, 151.9100, 159.6150, 159.7200, 159.7650 (NFM) WQOZ823

Mattoon Community Unit School District 2

  • 463.925 Repeater, 60 portables on 456.2375, 456.3375, 456.3625, 456.4625, 456.5375, 456.7375, 456.7625, 457.0875, 457.1875, 457.4875, 457.6625, 463.925 WRDV936

All licenses below are expired

  • 152.40500 WQGK871 BM MtnSD2 Bus Buses/Maintenance (in use) DMR
  • 160.03500 WPPY881 M MSD MidSchOp Middle School: Admin/Maintenance FMN
  • 159.82500 WPVI745 M Mttn Sch Op1 School Ops FMN
  • 159.72000 WPVI745 M Mttn Sch Op2 School Ops FMN
  • 159.76500 WPVI745 M Mttn Sch Op3 School Ops FMN
  • 160.15500 WPVI745 M Mttn Sch Op4 School Ops FMN
  • 160.20000 WPVI745 M Mttn Sch Op5 School Ops FMN
  • 151.83500 WPIU430 BM Mttn HS Ops1 High School Ops FMN
  • 153.57500 WPIU430 M Mttn HS Ops2 High School Ops FMN
  • 151.74500 159.96000 WPEW923 RM 503 DPL 1Stdnt Chstn First Student: Buses (Charleston) [No longer in use] FMN

Oakland Community Unit School District 5

  • 462.85, 465.0 Base with Pagers (NFM Data) WQYI601


Eastern Illinois University - Charleston (EIU)

EIU Police

  • Full service law enforcement agency providing police service 24/7/365
  • EIU Police: Prefix "4"
  • Patrol Units: 4L(badge number)
  • Currently has 2 marked 2020+ FPIU's, 1 Marked Charger, 1 Marked Escape, 1 Unmarked 2020+ FPIU, and 1 Undercover sedan for Admin take home
  • Cars 40, 41, 42 & 43 C6,C12, L-13,17,20,23,27 (Old Info, Some of those car numbers still exist, some do not)
  • Night Assistants (Patrol public areas in the dorm buildings at night) have access to 453.65 and can contact PD on channel (Heard: Base 2 Lawson(residence Hall))
  • 151.685 -- heard "Base to xx, then 3 beeps (This is a phone patch of some sort for maintenance)
  • (OLD info) 467.7625, 467.8125 20 Units at 2W (FM) at the Lantz Training Room WNXN666 [Expired 10/2001]

Lakeland Community College (Mattoon)

  • Police Units: L4,56,9 ---heard 2/08 - 6L2, 6L3 on "Lakeland"
  • Units access 155.67 Sheriff and 154.815 Mattoon Police, for answering area calls; only has a dispatcher on 155.79 during the day.

Codes and Call Sign Prefix

Law Enforcement All law enforcement unit radio calls begin with a prefix that indicates which agency they are a part of. The second part of this callsign is a letter that indicates the type of law enforcement unit. The third part of the callsign could be a car number or a badge number.

For example: 3-L-500 (not a real callsign) would indicate Charleston (3) patrol unit (L) officer 500.

See the key listed below for a list of each agency's prefix and the list of unit types.

Officers may not always use this full callsign when operating. They may only give the last portion.

Unit types Adam-Administrative, Charles-Command, David-Detectives, Frank-Forestry/investigators, Ida-ISP investigators, J-Jail Transport, Lincoln-Patrol units, K9-K-9 dog units, V-Victor unit (Auxillary-Volunteer "2V10")

Coles County Sheriff's Office Units: Prefix "1"

Mattoon Police Units: Prefix "2" C10, D5, D6, D9, S20, S22, L-9,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18

Charleston Police Unit numbers - Prefix "3"

Eastern Illinois University Police Department (EIUPD) Units: Prefix "4" -

Oakland Police Oakland Pd-"5" A1, L-2,3,4,5

Lake Land College Department of Public Safety Unites Prefix "6" - 6-Lincoln-2, 6-L-3, 6-L-4, 6-Charles-1, 6-C-2.

Non-lettered units-court units: 793 (public service van), 797

  • 1-Ocean-1 Coroner

Sheriff Codes
Code 5 = Secure (Used when dispatch asks for status, means that units are OK/safe) (used by all LE agencies in Coles)
106 Traffic Stop (used by all LE agencies in Coles)
106-D Traffic Stop that is DUI Investigation(used by all LE agencies in Coles)
106-S Sitation
106-W Narcotics Search?
117 Probation Check
118 Paper Service
119 Warrant
213 Lunch Break
213-H1 Taking break at officer's own residence
213-P Lunch Break (on pager or portable)
401 Beginning Tour of Duty
402 Ending Tour of Duty

EMS Units

  • 3P17 Arrow Ambulance Champaign, and their private dispatch for Mattoon, rptr is 463.3 mhz.?
  • #7and 32 #8 are Arrow-Carle Ambulance units, division of Carle Hospital in Urbana, 6-506-08 is 32, and I am unsure of 31's unit.?
  • 3T12 Arthur Ambulance, Moultrie County.
  • 3U12 Shrader Ambulance, ALS, in Arcola (Douglas Co)
  • 3U20 #20 Arrow Ambulance, Villa Grove, IL, ILS (Northern Douglas Co)
  • 3U21 Arcola Ambulance, ALS, 3U22 # 6is Arrow Ambulance, Tuscola, ALS, sometimes runs in Coles County as a backup unit. (Douglas Co)
  • 3Z11 Neoga Ambulance, and 3Z12 is Neoga Also, both ALS. (Cumberland Co, south of Mattoon)
  • 5B19 Effingham City/County Ambulance,?
  • 5B91, 92, and 93 Effingham Advanced Ambulance Service units, 91 is BLS, 92, and 93 are ALS.?
  • 3X14 Mitchell-Jerden Ambulance Service (ALS-Mattoon)
  • 3X15 Mitchell-Jerden Ambulance Service (ALS-Mattoon)
  • 3X16 Mitchell-Jerden Ambulance Service (ALS-Mattoon)
  • 3X20 Oakland Ambulance
  • 3X31
  • 3X32
  • 3X38 Charleston Fire Protection District Ambulance [new 4/07]
  • 3X52 Dunn's Ambulance (Mattoon) <
  • 3X58 Dunn's Ambulance (Mattoon) [new 5/08]
  • 3X59 Dunn's Ambulance (Mattoon)

Fire Departments

  • 3/23 - Many of these are very outdated

10s - Ashmore Fire

  • Engine 11 2000 International/Smeal Pumper- red<
  • Engine 12 Ford/FMC C-800 pumper-red
  • Attack 13 1980's F-350 Brush Truck-red
  • Tanker 14 1980s FMC/GMC Tanker (yellow)
  • Tanker 15 196x Chevy Tanker (red)
  • Engine 16 195x reserve pumper (red)
  • Engine 17 Newer Kenworth Tanker - 3000 gallon (red)
  • Support 18 197x Ford E-350 Box Van-Yellow(518?)

20s - Mattoon Fire and Rescue

  • Car 2-Chief's Red Impala; Car 20 is Battalion Chief GMC Yukon, Car 26-Red GMC Yukon for Chief; 1973 Winnebago-Mobile Command Post

Station 1 (Prairie Ave.)

  • Engine 21- 2000 Pierce Saber "Squirt"
  • Ladder 24 2006 KME 95' platform
  • Rescue 25- 1994 Darley/IHC heavy rescue
  • Rescue 27- 1994 Chevy suburban (medical response, will be replaced by ambulance soon)
  • Station 2 (Airport Road) CLOSED
  • Engine 22-1992 Darley/Pemfab Pumper {reserve}, GMC Mini-pumper "Airport rescue", reserve 1970's IHC loadstar foam truck' (2 airpoirt units and the city pumper at station two)
  • Station 3 (Marshall Ave.)
  • Engine 23-1998 HME/Towers TeleSquirt (55' aerial/water tower)
  • Annex (next to Station One):
  • Engine 26-1987 Pierce Arrow Pumper (reserve)
  • Support 210-haz-mat/reserve rescue truck (1978 GMC/Pierce)
  • 2-S-8 & 2-S-9 Support trailers
  • Radios: Portables- D1225 16 channel, Mobile: Motorola CM300-32 Channel

300s - Charleston Fire

  • 301 Chief
  • 302 Asst Chief
  • 303-305 Unknown
  • 306 1994 Pierce Dash Engine (Sta. 2)
  • 307 2002 Pierce Saber Full-Cab Engine (NEW)(Sta. 1)
  • 308 2001 Pierce/Kenworth Rescue Pumper (Sta. 1)
  • 309 2004 Pierce 105ft Platform Aerial (Sta. 2)
  • 310 ATV - Tactical Response Team<
  • 312 2006 Ford F350 (pull trailer with 310)
  • 3-X-11 ALS Ambulance (Station 2)
  • 3-X-13 ALS Ambulance (Station 1)
  • 3-X-18 ALS Ambulance (Station 2)
  • 3-X-38 ALS Ambulance [New 4/07]

400s - Cooks Mill Fire

  • 2006 Kenworth Pumper (red)
  • older Ford F-800 Pumper/Tanker (red)
  • 1991 red utility bucket truck
  • military tanker (green)
  • older ford L-9000 Red Tanker
  • 11 Engine seen on Facebook page (Red)
  • 22 Engine seen on Facebook page (Red International?)

50s - Humbolt Fire Protection District

  • Engine 51-199? Ford F-600 Pumper (Red)
  • Engine 52-197? Ford L-9000 Pumper (Yellow)
  • Engine 53-New Ford F-600 pumper (Red)
  • Tanker 54-newer Sterling Tanker (white)
  • 55 ??? possible medical response?

60s - Hutton Fire

  • 1980's GMC/E-One Pumper (white)
  • 1980's GMC pumper (red)
  • 2004 F-350 Brush truck (red)
  • 3 newer IHC Tankers (red)

70s - Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District (Lerna) Station 1 - Charleston

  • Engine 71 Pierce/Kenworth Pumper
  • Tanker 74 KW Tanker
  • Support 77 1989 F-800/Towers Walk-in Support Truck
  • Attack 710 1972 F-350 Brush Truck
  • Engine 713 1985 F-800 Pumper (reserve)<

Station 2 - Lerna

  • Engine 72 Pierce/Kenworth Pumper
  • Tanker 75 1987 F-800/Towers 3000 gallon tanker
  • Support 78 1990 F-800/Towers Walk-in Support Truck
  • Attack 711 GMC Brush Truck

Station 3 - Mattoon (Old State Road)

  • Engine 73 1998 Towers/Sterling pumper<
  • Tanker 76 Pierce/Kenworth Tanker
  • Support 79 1984 E-850 Support Truck (old moving truck)
  • 72,73 Tankers 74,75,76 Support 77,78,79 Brush Attack 710,711, Tanker 712 Reserve Engine 713

80s - Oakland Fire

  • 1996 IHC Pumper (red)
  • Ford C-800 Pumper (red)
  • Tanker ?

90s - Seven Hickory Morgan Fire Protection District

  • 200x Pumper
  • 196x Chevy Tanker (red)
  • 196x Chevy Pumper (red)

Wabash Fire Protection District (Neoga/Mattoon)

  • 197x GMS/FMC Pumper (red)
  • 197x F-800/FMC Tanker (red)
  • 2001 IHC Tanker (red)
  • 2007 pumper

1000s - EMA/ESDA

  • Coles County Units: "1-Edward-#", "2-Edward-#"
  • 1001-1006

9400s - ???'

  • 9463 engine 154.43 heard wheeler IL (2020)

Fire/EMS Pager Tones

Mattoon Police Department 154.8150 798.0 1502.0
Mattoon Fire 0.0 313.0 1092.4 QCII
Mitchell-Jerden Ambulance 159.0900 R 1092.4 1063.2 QCII

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