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MABAS-IL Committees

This site was created not only to provide information regarding the structure of MABAS-IL organizationally, but also for committee members to be able to utilize a secure portal in order to assist in executing their duties and responsibilities. Further, the portal will provide an enhanced ability to collaborate and share information with other committee members. Standing Committee members please login to enter your respective portal.

It is the responsibility of all MABAS-IL Divisions, departments, and Chiefs to participate in committees, work task groups or serve as a liaison on the behalf of, interest and welfare of MABAS-IL. MABAS-IL membership involvement is critical to the leadership and success of MABAS-IL. Standing committees, along with work groups and assignments as a MABAS-IL liaison, serve a substantial purpose in guiding, directing and representing MABAS-IL.

Standing committees are coordinated and report to the 2nd Vice President of the MABAS-IL Executive Team. Quarterly written reports are provided to full Executive Board quarterly meetings by all Standing Committees.
Standing Committees are only established by a majority vote of the full MABAS-IL Executive Board. Standing Committees may only be disbanded by a majority vote of the MABAS-IL full Executive Board. Standing Committees deal with matters of on-going, mainstay importance to the mission of MABAS-IL. Below is a list of MABAS-IL Standing Committees:

1. Telecommunications, Communications, and Dispatch Centers (TCD) Committee :
  a. The Committee focuses on technical aspects of voice, data, and video systems which provide conduits for information. Technical and human matters associated with resource control and dispatch operations for MABAS-IL, fire, EMS, and special operations teams.
    Committee Co-chair(s):

Jim Clausen, Executive Director, Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) Center

Ron Kleinhaus, Chief, Evergreen Park Fire Department 

2. Operations Committee :
  a. The Committee focuses on practices, procedures, guidelines for response, mobilizations, deployments, rotations, tactical and strategic operations in all field areas non-specific to special operations teams.
    Committee Co-chair(s): Art Zern - Deputy Chief - Des Plaines Fire Department 
Steve Olson - Fire Chief - Geneva Fire Department
3. Technical Rescue Team (TRT) Committee :
  a. Focuses upon matters specific to Divisional TRT Teams and their operations.
    Committee Co-chair(s): Mark Bozik - Plans Manager - IL TF-1
Kevin Mulligan - Captain -Plesantview Fire Protection District
4. Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Team Committee :
  a. Focuses upon matters specific to Divisional HAZMAT Teams and their operations.
    Committee Co-chair(s): Don Davids - Battalion Chief - Aurora Fire Department
Sean Malloy - Fire Chief - Bedford Park Fire Department
5. Water Rescue & Recovery Team Committee :
  a. Focuses upon matters specific to Divisional underwater rescue / recovery and swift water actions and their operations.
    Committee Co-chair(s): Spencer Kimura - Chief - Riverside Fire Department
Tim Smelzer - Deputy Chief - Northbrook Fire Department
6. Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Committee :
  a. Focuses upon matters specific to IL-US&R TF-1 and their operations.
    Committee Co-chair(s): Richard Harper - Fire Chief - Burbank Fire Department
David Dato - Fire Chief - Waucaunda Fire Department 
7. Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT) Committee :
  a. Focuses upon matters specific to Divisional IMAT teams and their operations
    Committee Co-chair(s): Tom Lovejoy - Fire Chief - Highwood Fire Department
Christopher Truty - Battalion Chief - Mount Prospect Fire Department 
8. By-Laws and Elections Committee :
  a. The Committee focuses upon amendments to and additions to MABAS-IL By-laws and procedures regarding elections and nominations of all Executive Team Board Members (e.g. President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer / Comptroller).
    Committee Co-chair(s):  
9. Fleet and Mobile Mechanics Committee
    Committee Co-chair(s):

 Mark Kirschoffer - Chief - Newport Township Fire Protection District

 John Rikje - Firefighter - Gurnee Fire Department

 

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