Transcript MABAS Communications
M.A.B.A.S. for Telecommunicators
Tammy Kleveno, M.A.B.A.S. Coordinator
Jodi Stevens, Training Coordinator
Tri-Com Central Dispatch
What is M.A.B.A.S.?
Responsibilities of Communications
Emergency Traffic Procedure/ R.I.T. Teams
State-Wide Emergency Response Plan
Modifying Your Resources
What IS MABAS ?
•Mutual Aid Box Alarm System
•Pre-determined systematic response of man
power & equipment to the scene of any fire
department emergency that has potential to
exhaust the resources of a stricken community.
What Can MABAS Provide?
• Immediate assistance of personnel & equipment to the
scene of an emergency.
• Access to specialized equipment, manpower & antidotes.
• Standardized policies, procedures and terminology for
mutual aid responses.
• A single contractual agreement covering responsibilities
and liabilities for all it’s members.
is not intended to relieve a
community of its responsibility to
provide an adequate first line of
defense for all local emergencies.
This is known as the
History of M.A.B.A.S…
1968 Elk Grove Fire Department modified Chicago Fire
Department’s Box Card system for suburban areas.
MABAS expanded to include departments of southern
Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Currently agencies from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and
Missouri participate in MABAS.
(750 Illinois and 78 Wisconsin Fire Departments, EMS Departments Fire Protection
Districts, and Emergency Management Agencies)
Participating departments are organized into “Divisions”.
Currently there are 42 Divisions.
• Each MABAS division is assigned a primary dispatch
center and a back-up dispatch center.
• Fire Departments - Know which MABAS Communication
Center to contact for a Box Alarm request.
• Local Communication Centers – Know which MABAS
dispatch center to contact if asked by Incident Command.
• MABAS Communication Centers – Know which fire
departments your agency or Communication center is
Coordinated by MABAS Dispatch Center
Incident Command / On-Scene Communications
NO Codes or Agency Specific Terminology
Remember: Interacting with multiple
departments - identify using dept. name, type of
apparatus, and unit number.
MABAS Response for
1. LISTEN to MABAS dispatch.
2. ACKNOWLEDGE request.
3. DISPATCH local department(s) due.
4. VERIFY correct response.
5. ADVISE units to switch to IFERN
• Interagency Fire Emergency Radio Network.
• Previously known as N.I.F.E.R.N.
• Designated for INTER-DEPARTMENTAL use during fire
emergencies with the inception of the MABAS program
• Name was changed with expansion of MABAS and the
move to make MABAS a State-Wide program.
• Purpose – To allow multiple departments access to a
common radio channel for communications.
• Frequency - 154.265 MHz
How is M.A.B.A.S. initiated
•Local Fire Department
–Arrives on scene
–Establishes Incident Command
& Staging Location
–Asks for mutual aid
• Incident Command
–Select MABAS Box
–On IFERN, contacts MABAS
–MABAS Communications Center
alerts local departments
Box Alarm Flow Chart
ACTIVATES PLECTRONS FOR ALL
LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND/OR...
NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE ON IFERN
USING LOCAL FIRE MAIN FEQUENCY
IN THIS CASE IS REDUNDANT
ACTIVATES IFERN ALERTING RECIEVERS
FOR ALL LOCAL DEPARTMNENTS
LOCAL DISPATCH CENTERS
TONE OUT THEIR DEPARTMENTS
TO RESPOND TO THE BOX
ACKNOWLEDGE MABAS DIVISION
Be sure to obtain the
Name of Department
requesting the Box
Location of Incident
Box Number and Level
Type of Incident
Locate the appropriate Box Card and Fill Out Your
Dispatch Procedure Form (Mad-Lib)
The MABAS Tones must be
activated for each level increase
and when the box is struck.
Equipment Move Ups…
• Local Communications Center should notify
you A.S.A.P. if equipment is unavailable.
• Equipment that is unavailable to respond on
the box will generally be replaced.
(check local protocol)
• Notify Incident Command if equipment cannot
respond. Command may reassess and not need
• Replacement equipment must be “moved up”
from the next level.
Interdivisional Box Cards
•Your MABAS Division
should have pre-designated
Interdivisional Box Cards.
•Each card should be designed
to assist in sending the closest
equipment needed to
surrounding MABAS Divisions.
•The dispatcher will need to
use common sense in sending
the closest departments to the
incident. Advise Command
which units are responding.
“Mayday” and Emergency Traffic
• The terms EMERGENCY TRAFFIC and/or MAYDAY
will be used to clear radio traffic immediately. These terms
are used for EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS,
FIREFIGHTER DOWN, MISSING or TRAPPED.
• The Dispatch Center will clear the air with a distinct tone
to allow for the Emergency Traffic.
• These terms are currently being defined by the MABAS
Executive Committee for future uniform use.
Rapid Intervention Teams (R.I.T.)
• Teams used to initiate rescue action plans in the event of a
• Minimum of 4 rescuers.
• Members assigned to R.I.T. shall remain in a state of
readiness for rapid deployment and not engage in routine
• Additional members shall be assigned as a R.I.T. in the
event 1st team is used by Incident Command.
Statewide Mutual Aid Plan
MABAS partnered with the ITTF (Illinois Terrorism Task Force) in
In 2001 a memorandum of understanding was signed between
MABAS and IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) to
work together as counterparts during a declaration of disaster.
This agreement lets Fire/EMS resources function as a state asset in
the event of a natural disaster or act of domestic terrorism.
Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue, Chemical Antidotes,
Biological Medication, Communications and Paramedic Personnel
are some of the specialized response plans available.
Statewide Mutual Aid
Local Fire Department Response
Declaration Of Disaster required
to initiate Statewide Mutual Aid
Authorities must call Local and SEOC
(State Emergency Operations Center)
to contact IEMA.
IEMA will contact RED CENTER
MABAS Division 3 to start Statewide Mutual Aid.
RED CENTER will call the requested number of
MABAS Divisions by telephone for dispatch
of required number of "packages".
MABAS Divisions will call Local Comm Centers
to tone fire departments for "Statewide _______Mutual Aid"
Departments will respond with required equipment to the designated staging area
(Suggested route, assistance sites, staging and security codes will be given)
MABAS Divisions will advise RED CENTER by telephone when
the "package" is complete and responding to incident staging.
RED CENTER will continue to contact and provide
status with SEOC and Incident Staging Officer
•MABAS Divisions will receive a phone call
from RED CENTER requesting Statewide
aid from that Division.
•The MABAS Division will call any Local
Communication centers to advise which
Statewide Mutual Aid has been requested
•The Communication center will use their
local procedure to dispatch a
“Statewide_________Mutual Aid” and
indicate equipment that is due to respond.
•Responding departments will
acknowledge and go en route to predesignated staging area on their local
•The Local Communication center will
contact the MABAS Division by phone to
advise when units are at staging.
• The MABAS Division will contact RED
CENTER when the entire package is
complete and responding to incident
What is a “Package”?
• A “Package” is a pre-designated number of apparatus and personnel
designed to assist a community with a “Statewide” emergency
without depleting it’s own Division resources.
• Division Chiefs should have predetermined which departments will
• Example: Task Force = 2 Engines, 1 Truck, 1 Squad, 3 Ambulances
and 1 Chief.
• It is important that the equipment be staffed with at least the
minimum number of personnel and no more than the maximum.
Fire Department Box Card
New Box Card Format for Dispatch
Batavia Fire Department
Box Alarm Number: 3910
Incident: SOUTHEAST- Raddant Rd & East – South of Wilson
SQUAD & CASCADE
TRUCK & AMBULANCE
Dispatch Procedure Form
MABAS Dispatch Procedure Form
Info to obtain for box alarm:
Box Alarm Number_________________________________________
(1st, 2nd, etc.)
Type of Incident___________________________________________
(Structure Fire, Chemical Spill, etc.)
(Address/Business Name, Intersection, etc.)
Staging Area/Command Post________________________________________
“THIS IS MABAS DIVISION 13 TO ALL LOCALS. THE ____________FIRE
DEPARTMENT IS REQUESTING MABAS BOX NUMBER___________TO
THE______________LEVEL, FOR A_________________________________
THE FOLLOWING DEPARTMENTS ARE DUE TO RESPOND:
(Read List of Departments/Equipment/Personnel and Destinations from Box Card)
STAGING WILL BE AT________________________, ALL DEPARTMENTS
DUE TO RESPOND, SWITCH TO AND ACKNOWLEDGE MABAS DIVISION 13 ON
IFERN (Your call sign e.g. KNBG264).”
Strike Out Procedure
MABAS Dispatch Strike-Out Form
Select on the IFERN Frequency.
Transmit MABAS tone.
Announce the following:
THIS IS MABAS DIVISION 13 TO ALL LOCALS. THE ______________FIRE
DEPARTMENT HAS STRUCK OUT MABAS BOX NUMBER ____________,
ON THE AUTHORITY OF ______________________.(Repeat Message)
(Name, or ‘Incident Command’)
(Your Call Sign)
Note: Equipment or Personnel who may be en route to the incident at the time
of the strike-out are still due to respond and should not be returned.
The most current resources available were used to prepare this program. While every effort was
made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this presentation, errors and omissions
are possible. Neither the presenters nor the MABAS organization, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association,
or State of Illinois offices (IEMA, OFSM, IDPH) are responsible for the accuracy of the material.
Because MABAS is continuously expanding, the list of participating agencies and dispatch centers
should not be considered all-inclusive.
Special Thanks to:
Chief Jay Reardon, Northbrook Fire Department
MABAS Division 13 Chiefs and participating departments
Tri-Com Central Dispatch
Leigh Crowell, Jim Jones “Mr. 911”, Dave Korf, Tom Lentz,
Nicole Nania and Tina Webber
Pete Collins, City of Geneva
And anyone else we forgot to recognize that helped make this
presentation possible…we thank you!