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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)

    - Keith Tveit (WI Emergency Management)

Thank you
Thank You