Posts Tagged training

Lisle-Woodridge FPD Dive Drill

Josh Boyajian sent some photos of a winter dive drill conducted today by the Lisle-Woodridge FPD at a Lisle Park District pond on Front Street. Four divers went into the water in an area where the ice was 7 inches thick. Squad 525 and Truck 517 were on location.

Lisle-Woodridge FPD winter ice dive drill

Members of the Lisle-Woodridge FPD dive team discuss operations during training. Josh Boyajian photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD winter ice dive drill

Lisle-Woodridge FPD Truck 517 was at the drill site. Josh Boyajian photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD winter ice dive drill Dive Squad

Dive Squad 525 carries all of the equipment for the divers and provides a heated area for dressing. Josh Boyajian photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD winter ice dive drill

A safety line stretches from the shoreline to the center of the pond where divers have a large hole in the ice. Josh Boyajian photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD winter ice dive drill

A diver is assisted out of the water by a firefighter in a cold exposure suit. Josh Boyajian photo

Tags: , , , , ,

International RIT Training in Bensenville

The training opportunities continue at the O’Hare Modernization Property in Bensenville. This past week, firefighters from throughout the US were joined by firefighters from several other countries to learn techniques for Rapid Intervention Team deployment. The 40-hour course was run by RICOFIRERESCUE, Inc. founded by Lt. Mike Mason from the Downers Grove Fire Department. They used three separate structures with varying scenarios. Photos showing some of the training and setup on the final day can be seen on John Tulipano’s web page HERE and another gallery including a smoky video of a rescue can be seen on Larry Shapiro’s site HERE. The scenario for the video is a firefighter trapped from a floor collapse (the setup is shown in John’s gallery) with weak floor conditions prompting the RITs to breach a wall to reach the firefighter ‘Captain Black’. Of interest is that RIT 1 is a group of firefighters from France and RIT 2 is US (english speaking) firefighters. A bi-lingual instructor translates communications into French during the exercise so that everyone is able to communicate clearly.


A firefighter from Germany enters one of the buildings as part of a RIT to rescue a trapped firefighter. Larry Shapiro Photo


Smoky conditions provided for very limited visibility during the rescue operation. Larry Shapiro Photo


The RITs carry the victim from the building. Larry Shapiro Photo


This shot shows the wall breach after the exercise was completed. Larry Shapiro photo

Tags: , , , , , ,

MABAS Response Drill Photos

Another photo gallery has been posted detailing the MABAS 90-90 Response Drill from last Friday. The gallery by Larry Shapiro can be viewed by scrolling down on the page found HERE. Yesterday, Hank Sajovic posted a gallery of images which can be seen HERE.

MABAS 90-90 Drill

This is the pad at NIPSTA in preparation for the arrival of 11 task forces, each consisting of nine units. Larry Shapiro photo

MABAS 90-90 Drill

This is the view from the same location after all of the task forces were in place. Larry Shapiro photo

MABAS 90-90 Drill

Each task force brought three ambulances to the staging area. Larry Shapiro photo

MABAS 90-90 Drill

The task force from Lake County (IL) Division 4 is shown arriving at north staging. Larry Shapiro photo

MABAS 90-90 Drill

Staff personnel at two computer stations checked in all personnel via bar-coded MABAS issued ID cards. Larry Shapiro photo

MABAS 90-90 Drill

Although media coverage for the response drill was extensive, evidently it was all centered at the north staging site at NIPSTA in Glenview. Reportedly the sites in Hoffman Estates and Tinley Park received much less media attention. Larry Shapiro photo

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

MABAS 90/90 Response Drill 8-27-10

Hank Sajovic has posted the images that he took at NIPSTA last Friday during the MABAS 90/90 Response Drill. His gallery can be seen HERE. Information about the drill and the MABAS press release can be seen as part of an earlier post HERE.

MABAS 90 90 response drill

Firefighters and officers from one task force line up and proceed to the check-in tent for accountability. Hank Sajovic photo

Chicago Fire Department helicopter 681

The Chicago Fire Department helicopter 6-8-1 hovered over the north reception site at NIPSTA in Glenview for a portion of the exercise. Hank Sajovic photo

MABAS 90 90 response drill

This shot shows the orderly staging of companies by task force. Each task force consisted of a task force leader (battalion chief and aide), one truck, one heavy rescue, three engines and three ambulances. Hank Sajovic photo

Tags: , , , , , ,

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:

Tags: , , , , ,

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

Tags: , , , ,