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    There was a fire in the subway on the western edge of Downtown Chicago. Numerous smoke inhalation cases. Fire is out at this time.
    IAFF-IACOJ PROUD

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    The city has requested a MABAS Box.
    IAFF-IACOJ PROUD

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MIKEYLIKESIT
      The city has requested a MABAS Box.
      Mikey:
      You read my mind.
      You going?
      CR
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      Remember Bradley Golden (9/25/01)
      RIP HOF Robert J. Compton(ENG6511)

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      • #4
        I was cooking and listening. The people they showed on TV ate some smoke. Snotty lookin civillians. I do not think we are going on this one though.
        IAFF-IACOJ PROUD

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MIKEYLIKESIT
          I was cooking and listening. The people they showed on TV ate some smoke. Snotty lookin civillians. I do not think we are going on this one though.
          "Snotty" as in they had snot coming from their noses?
          CR
          Visit www.iacoj.com
          Remember Bradley Golden (9/25/01)
          RIP HOF Robert J. Compton(ENG6511)

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          • #6
            Snotty like they just fought a hell of a fire without a mask.
            IAFF-IACOJ PROUD

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            • #7
              what is a MABAS box?!?
              _____________
              David Bradley
              FF/SAR
              Round Mountan VFD

              GO NAVY!!

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              • #8
                Mutual Aid Box Alarm System

                www.mabas.org/

                MABAS is a mutual aid organization that has been in existence since the late 1960s. Heavily rooted throughout northern Illinois, MABAS includes over 550 member fire departments organized within 46 divisions. MABAS divisions geographically span an area from Lake Michigan to west of Rockford and south through Champaign-Urbana, Douglas County, St. Clair County, and St. Louis. Four Wisconsin divisions also share MABAS with their Illinois counterparts. Interest is also becoming evident from the Iowa, Indiana, and Missouri bordering communities.

                MABAS includes over 25,000+ firefighters and daily staffed emergency response units including more than 750 fire stations, 900+ engine companies, 275+ ladder trucks, 600+ ambulances (mostly paramedic capable), 150+ heavy rescue squads, 125+ light rescue squads, and 225+ water tankers. Fire/EMS reserve (back-up) units account for more than 600 additional emergency vehicles.

                MABAS also offers specialized operations teams for hazardous materials (HAZMAT), underwater rescue/recovery (DIVE) and above grade/below grade, trench and building collapse rescues aka Technical Rescue Teams (TRT). An additional element of resource are the certified fire investigators which can be "packaged" as teams for larger incidents requiring complicated and time-consuming efforts for any single agency.

                MABAS is a unique organization in that every MABAS participant agency has signed the same contract with their 550+ counterpart MABAS agencies. As a MABAS agency, you agree to: standards of operation, incident command, minimal equipment staffing, safety and on-scene terminology. MABAS agencies, regardless of their geopolitical origin, are able to work together seamlessly on any emergency scene. All MABAS agencies operate on a common radio frequency, Interagency Fire Emergency Radio Network (IFERN) and are activated for response through pre-designed "run" cards each participating agency designs and tailors to meet their local risk need. MABAS also provides mutual aid station coverage to a stricken community when their fire/EMS resources are committed to an incident for an extended period.

                MABAS extra alarms are commanded by the stricken community and dispatch control is handled through the stricken community's MABAS division dispatch center. Over 850 MABAS extra alarm incidents occur annually throughout the 46 divisions of MABAS. The expansion of mutual aid to a statewide system doesn't require all municipalities and fire districts to join MABAS as a member agency, however, MABAS is a recognized response agency by the State of Illinois as a primary response agency for disasters and other declared emergencies.

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                • #9
                  MABAS Update

                  Mike, your information was accurate but needs to be updated somewhat. MABAS is now in Illinois with 58 Divisions, Wisconsin with 8 divisions, St. Louis Missouri, Indiana and Iowa. Parts of Michigan are also looking to join. The numbers of departments are too hard to count at this point because of new ones joining every day, but I am sure are in excess of 1,200 departments. The State of Wisconsin has state law endorsing MABAS as their mutual aid system of the present and future.

                  Originally posted by MikeWard
                  www.mabas.org/

                  MABAS is a mutual aid organization that has been in existence since the late 1960s. Heavily rooted throughout northern Illinois, MABAS includes over 550 member fire departments organized within 46 divisions. MABAS divisions geographically span an area from Lake Michigan to west of Rockford and south through Champaign-Urbana, Douglas County, St. Clair County, and St. Louis. Four Wisconsin divisions also share MABAS with their Illinois counterparts. Interest is also becoming evident from the Iowa, Indiana, and Missouri bordering communities.

                  MABAS includes over 25,000+ firefighters and daily staffed emergency response units including more than 750 fire stations, 900+ engine companies, 275+ ladder trucks, 600+ ambulances (mostly paramedic capable), 150+ heavy rescue squads, 125+ light rescue squads, and 225+ water tankers. Fire/EMS reserve (back-up) units account for more than 600 additional emergency vehicles.

                  MABAS also offers specialized operations teams for hazardous materials (HAZMAT), underwater rescue/recovery (DIVE) and above grade/below grade, trench and building collapse rescues aka Technical Rescue Teams (TRT). An additional element of resource are the certified fire investigators which can be "packaged" as teams for larger incidents requiring complicated and time-consuming efforts for any single agency.

                  MABAS is a unique organization in that every MABAS participant agency has signed the same contract with their 550+ counterpart MABAS agencies. As a MABAS agency, you agree to: standards of operation, incident command, minimal equipment staffing, safety and on-scene terminology. MABAS agencies, regardless of their geopolitical origin, are able to work together seamlessly on any emergency scene. All MABAS agencies operate on a common radio frequency, Interagency Fire Emergency Radio Network (IFERN) and are activated for response through pre-designed "run" cards each participating agency designs and tailors to meet their local risk need. MABAS also provides mutual aid station coverage to a stricken community when their fire/EMS resources are committed to an incident for an extended period.

                  MABAS extra alarms are commanded by the stricken community and dispatch control is handled through the stricken community's MABAS division dispatch center. Over 850 MABAS extra alarm incidents occur annually throughout the 46 divisions of MABAS. The expansion of mutual aid to a statewide system doesn't require all municipalities and fire districts to join MABAS as a member agency, however, MABAS is a recognized response agency by the State of Illinois as a primary response agency for disasters and other declared emergencies.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bummer
                    Mike, your information was accurate but needs to be updated somewhat.
                    Thanks - tell MABAS to update their website

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                    • #11
                      Why do they keep it in a box?


                      Steve
                      EMT/Security Officer

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cellblock
                        Why do they keep it in a box?


                        ...For easier shipping and handling.
                        Jason Knecht
                        Firefighter/EMT
                        Township Fire Dept., Inc.
                        Eau Claire, WI

                        IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine
                        http://www.cheddarvision.tv/
                        EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!

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                        • #13
                          If I have to explain what a Box is...

                          Anyway, it appears that the CFD did a fine job on this incident. I listened to the Main Fire Alarm Office and they were terrific. I would like to think one of the reasons that it went that way was because the CFD handles their own EMS. Also they are not afraid to ask for assistance when it is needed. Looking at the faces of those civillians, it could have been MUCH worse. This line handles 70,000 riders per day. It runs from the Loop to O' Hare.
                          IAFF-IACOJ PROUD

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