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MABAS 90-90 Drill yesterday

MABAS-IL in conjunction with the IAFC and DHS conducted a multi-state MABAS response drill.  The purpose of the drill was to assemble a minimum of 90 companies in 90 minutes at each of three reception sites in the Chicago metro area.  The three reception sites were NIPSTA in Glenview, the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates and the First Midwest Theater (Formerly Tweeter) in Tinley Park.  Each MABAS Task Force consists of:

1 chief

1 aid to the chief

3 engines

1 truck

1 squad

3 ambulances (ALS or BLS, private or municipal)

The task forces deployed were:

North/NIPSTA: 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 20, 29, 101, 102, 107, 109

West/Sears: 1, 2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 30, 104

South/Tinley: 7, 15, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 207, 3501, 38/25(two IL divisions combined)

The 100-series divisions are from Wisconsin

The 200-series divisions are from Indiana

3501 is from Michigan.

Maps showing division locations are available at:

The staging of Task Force 109 (City of Milwaukee) with Task Force 9 (City of Chicago) marked the first time since the Great Chicago Fire that both departments had apparatus “working together at the same incident”.

This synopsis was provided by Drew Smith, Deputy Chief, Prospect Heights FD.

The MABAS Press Release follows:

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Multi state MABAS drill

Today there was a multi-state MABAS drill to simulate the assembly of many companies in the event of a major disaster. Images and information about the event will be posted later this evening.

MABAS disaster drill

Overall scene shot of the staging at NIPSTA in Glenview which was one of three similar staging sites. Larry Shapiro photo

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