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MABAS Mutual Aid Box Alarm System. Elected Officials & Community Leaders. What is MABAS?. A fire service mutual aid system connecting fire, EMS, special operations and hazardous materials resources Established by the fire service for the fire service – neighbor helping neighbor

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mabas mutual aid box alarm system

MABASMutual Aid Box Alarm System

Elected Officials &

Community Leaders

what is mabas
What is MABAS?
  • A fire service mutual aid system connecting fire, EMS, special operations and hazardous materials resources
  • Established by the fire service for the fire service – neighbor helping neighbor
  • Designed so that no community will be left unprotected
  • Reciprocal agreement – No cost for services
  • Voluntary membership – “Opt In” system
what are the benefits of mabas
What are the Benefits of MABAS?
  • Voluntary membership
  • Liability is greatly reduced
  • Plans emergencies before the incident
  • Safety increased for citizens and firefighters
  • Activation without a disaster declaration
  • Control remains with the local fire chief
  • Legal interstate responses
  • No cost to the municipality for the response
how did mabas start
How did MABAS start?
  • Began in suburban Chicago in 1968 and grew to Wisconsin in 1987
  • Premised on mutual assistance for large-scale natural or catastrophic emergencies
  • After September 2001, the system exponentially grew – included terrorist attacks
  • In 2006, legislation established MABAS as the tool of choice for mutual aid in the state
  • Currently in 25 counties organized and equal number working toward division status
what are the basic tenets
What are the basic tenets?
  • Local fire chief determines need and remains in charge
  • ONE MABAS contract addressing:
    • Liability caps and Indemnification
    • Worker’s Compensation
    • Compensation and reimbursement
  • Standardized system:
    • Interoperable communications
    • Response policies and procedures
    • Equipment and resources
when is mabas used
When is MABAS used?
  • Major structure fires
  • Civil Disturbances
  • School shooting incident
  • Mass evacuation
  • Wide-scale flooding
  • Tornadoes
  • Wildland fires
  • Hazardous Materials spills
  • Terrorism attacks
  • Mass-casualty accidents

Is any community immune from these incidents?

what risk do we have
What risk do we have?

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statewide mutual aid
Statewide Mutual Aid
  • The Wisconsin Fire Service Emergency Response Plan (WFSERP)
  • The WFSERP is organized and activated through MABAS
  • Moves fire service resources from areas not affected by disaster to the disaster
  • Ensures that no community in Wisconsin will be left unprotected
  • Activated with or without a disaster declaration
first wfserp activation
First WFSERP Activation
  • 7-day incident
  • Industrial fire
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Major evacuation-sheltering




the activation
The Activation
  • 8 counties
  • 9 MABAS divisions
  • 64 fire departments
  • 110 fire units
  • 450 fire personnel (150 at one point)
  • 9 task forces
  • 2 strike teams
  • Hazardous materials team
  • EMS support for sheltering center
  • 33 Million gallons of water pumped
the outcome company city
The Outcome: Company/City
  • Company vital processing saved
  • Company reopens the following week
  • Company committed to rebuild
  • Company calls back all workers
  • City historic icon saved
  • City’s largest employer stays
  • City’s major tax base saved
  • Area businesses/suppliers unaffected
interstate resources available to mabas
Interstate ResourcesAvailable to MABAS
  • MABAS states
    • Illinois
    • Wisconsin
    • Indiana
    • Michigan
  • Participating states
    • Minnesota
    • Iowa
    • Missouri
    • Ohio
community s responsibilities
Community’s Responsibilities
  • MABAS is not intended to relieve a community of their responsibilities of providing adequate emergency services for all local emergencies
  • MABAS is not an avenue to reduce staffing
  • Agree to respond to another community’s request, if available – a request can be declined if there is an emergency at home
  • Sign the MABAS contract and comply with the policies and procedures
what are the next steps
What are the next steps?
  • Approve a municipal resolution
    • Identifies the statutory language
    • Allows the top elected official to sign the contract
  • Sign the MABAS contract
    • No changes can be made to the language
    • Signature page can be modified
  • Submit signed resolution and contract to MABAS-Wisconsin
  • Form a steering committee to establish an implementation plan to “go live”
information contact
  • For more information, please visit:

  • MABAS contacts:

- Brian Satula (MABAS-WI President)

[email protected]

- Keith Tveit (WI Emergency Management)

[email protected]

thank you
Thank You