Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show Comes to Downtown Aurora

Emergency Vehicle Parade Aurora IL

Sirens scream, fire truck aerial ladders pierce the sky, a medical helicopter swoops in from above….

A cavalcade of fire engines, police cars, ambulances, command posts, and emergency vehicles of every size, shape and vintage will flock to downtown Aurora this weekend as part of the Eighteenth Annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show.

One of the Midwest’s largest public emergency vehicle shows, this year’s show will feature over one hundred emergency vehicles including Naperville Fire Department’s original 1924 Ahrens-Fox fire engine (considered the “Rolls Royce” of vintage fire apparatus).  The show is also excited to host several movie-star vehicles used in the filming of popular motion pictures such as “Backdraft!” and “The Blues Brothers.

Events begins on Friday evening, August 7, with the Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show’s Lights and Sirens Procession during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora.

This year’s procession will kick off from the North Aurora Police Department at 6:30pm and meander through the communities of North Aurora, Aurora, and Montgomery before ending at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum (53 N. Broadway) at a static vehicle-show display for First Fridays from 7:30 to 9:00pm.

Saturday August 8, from 10am until 4pm, the Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show will take place in several areas and parking lots adjacent to the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and Aurora’s Central Fire Station on N. Broadway (Rt. 25).  This year’s new downtown location will make the show’s static displays of new and vintage emergency vehicles more visible to the public, will enable fire apparatus to draft water out of the Fox River, and allows an expanded demonstration area and schedule.

Live demonstrations of firefighting, search and rescue, and police operations will occur through out the day.  Aurora firefighters will use the “Jaws of Life” to extricate a “victim” trapped in a car under a school bus and put out a car fire.  In addition, the Aurora Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) will rescue a simulated hostage with a flash of light and smoke, and there will also be an appearance by the LIFESTAR Chicago medical helicopter.

An area for children’s activities will include an 18ft-tall inflatable fire truck slide, water games, fire truck rides, and public safety displays.  The fire museum will offer free admission and visitors will be able to tour the Aurora’s Central Fire Station.  In keeping with our public safety theme, vendors will offer related memorabilia and collectibles for sale and a variety of food and beverages will available for purchase.

This FREE family event is open to the public and hosted by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and the City of Aurora Fire and Police Departments.  For a complete schedule of show events, directions, maps, and parking information see: