Area Firefighters, Divers Demonstrate Water Rescue Capabilities at Twin Lakes, Palatine


DATA ALERT: Video is more 43 minutes/MABAS Division 1 Water Rescue Capabilities September 2016.

On Thursday morning, September 8, 2016 the regional water rescue team from Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 1 conducted a demonstration of water rescue capabilities for the Division’s command officers. The informative and well-planned event was held at Twin Lakes Recreation Area, 1200 E. Lake Drive in Palatine.

The event included demonstrations of dive rescue and recovery operations using both surface supplied
and self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and hard-line communications equipment, demonstration of high-resolution sonar to more quickly and safely search a target area, and use of this equipment in conjunction with a diver for a recovery operation. There was also a demonstration of a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) designed for search and recovery operations where conditions are too hazardous to deploy a diver. the demonstration also included specialized tactics and equipment used in ice rescue and swiftwater / flood rescue situations, and of boat operations used in support of any of the previously mentioned missions. The support assets necessary for safe, efficient responses were also be shown.

MABAS is a statewide mutual aid system of fire departments throughout Illinois. Division 1 was the first division to be organized, and has been providing local fire departments with access to an organized response of trained personnel and equipment for over 40 years. Member departments can get immediate assistance for major fire and medical incidents as well as water rescue, technical rescue and hazardous
materials incidents through this system. MABAS Division 1 is comprised of fire departments from Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Township, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Palatine Rural, Rolling Meadows,
Schaumburg, Streamwood and Wheeling.




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