MABAS Red Center, Task Force, Strike Team Requests
This procedure should be followed for Interdivisional Box Card Requests for a Task Force or Strike Team directly from another Division (in the absence of a call for specific apparatus) or in the event of a request from Red Center.
To provide equipment and manpower called for from another MABAS Division or Red Center as activated by the State Wide Mutual Aid Plan or for the activation of the State Wide Mutual Aid Plan for a response into our Division.
Command Car – Usually a SUV type vehicle equipped with radios, accountability hardware and materials to command an incident. Normally responds with a Chief or an officer trained to the NIMS 200 level and another firefighter of any rank to act as a scribe.
Coordinating Officer – This is the officer that will be contacting the dispatch center for the information from Red Center or the MABAS Division Direct Request, who will then be coordinating the response of the Task Force.
Dispatch – The Ogle County 911 Telecommunicator assigned to take the incident from either the Sheriff’s Communications Department or the Rochelle Police Department.
Red Center – The dispatch center that is used by the State Wide Mutual Aid System to dispatch MABAS and MABAS Population Centers to incidents as requested through this system.
Strike Team – 5 or more like pieces of apparatus requested to respond from one MABAS Division to another. This could be 5 or more grass rigs or 5 or more tankers as an example.
Task Force – A self contained response of 2 engines, a ladder, a heavy squad, 3 ambulances and a command car from a MABAS Division that is sent to aid another MABAS Division upon request from Red Center.
1) When a request is received from Red Center (MABAS Dispatch)
a. Take the information from the Red Center
b. Tone out Chief Hough (Mt. Morris Fire) to contact the radio room for information. If he has not responded to the page within 5 minutes, re-page him, if still no response after 5 minutes go to the next person on the list until contact is made with one of the MABAS officers.
i. Mount Morris Fire Protection District
1. Chief Rob Hough - President
ii. Leaf River Fire Protection District
1. Chief Denny Kuntzelman – Vice President
iii. Lynn Scott Rock Fire Protection District
1. Chief Todd Seaworth – Secretary
c. Tell him/her that you have information for a MABAS response (nature given from Red Center).
d. Once the message has been relayed that person becomes the Task Force or Strike Team Chief Officer
e. Await the direction of the Task Force or Strike Team Chief Officer
f. Carry out the orders of dispatching as given by the Task Force or Strike Team Chief Officer directing the response. Such as dispatch the appropriate interdivisional request card.
Task Force or Strike Team Makeup from Division 18:
MABAS Division 18 (Ogle County) has received a request for a Task Force or a
Strike Team the Telecommunicator shall go to the “Interdivisional Request”
tab on the MABAS 18 website. It is located near the bottom of the page that has
the MABAS cards. Click on the appropriate card for the request that has been
made. Dispatch the departments that are listed in the primary columns. If one of
the primary departments are unable to respond (in a timely manner or are simply
unable to respond). Then dispatch the appropriate number of department(s) from
the alternates listed on the card to fill the void. f the alternates are also
unable to fill the card out then contact the Task Force or Strike Team Chief
Officer and he/she will direct the next action. Division 18 might not be able to
fill out the request or is able to respond minus the (give the specifics of what
are not available to respond).
Request direct from another Division:
Dispatcher - When a request is received direct from a MABAS Division for a Task Force:
1) Dispatcher receiving information of request for Task Force Response should seek the nature of the incident, the staging area or receiving area that the Task Force is to respond to and the immediacy of the request.
2) Immediately call the MABAS Officers from the list above the in Telecommunicator Responsibilities section and give them the information and the immediacy. Ask the officer the following:
a. Where do you want to assemble the Task Force or Strike Team – this information would then be given out over the County Wide Tone along with the units being requested.
b. Obtain a cell phone or other telephone number that he
can be reached at and an alternate that someone else can be called that can get
in contact with this Task Force or Strike Team Chief Officer
c. In 10 minutes attempt a roll call of the Task Force or Strike Team and give the results to the Task Force or Strike Team Chief Officer coordinating the response.
Task Force or Strike Team Chief Officer:
The Fire Officer Coordinator will be called by the dispatcher and relayed the
information from the MABAS Division or Red Center. He/She will then:
1) Determine from Red Center or Dispatch
a. The urgency of the situation
i. How soon do units need to assemble
ii. How long do they need to be self sustaining
1. Consult the list of materials for responding for needs
b. The route to follow to the reception site
c. Obtain the coded message from RED Center (number, color, objects) and write it down
d. Service centers and fuel information
Given the urgency of the situation determine how to alert the Task Force
i. Use the County Wide Tone and direct the Chiefs or Duty Officers to contact a certain number
1. This may be the dispatch center where they would give a number for them to contact the Task Force Chief Officer
2. Or the number may be given out over the air for them to call the Task Force Chief Officer
b. Call the individual fire station contact lists to line up help
i. This method is appropriate when the response is not required for several hours
Determine where they should assemble to convoy to the incident
a. Pick a convenient spot for everyone to gather at near a main route
i. Example – Petro at 39 and 38 near Rochelle
Determine the appropriate route for them to follow to the reception area
a. Find the routes were services have been identified by Red Center (If dispatched by Red Center)
b. Find appropriate route to the Division requesting aid
c. Obtain unit numbers, beginning mileage, names of responders and department they are with, phone numbers of their individual cell phones, home addresses.
5) Obtain maps for the units of the route (if appropriate) and make paper copies for each responding Companies
6) Have all the responding companies switch to IFERN (154.265 channel 4) or IFERN 2 (154.3025) which ever is designated
7) Make sure that all the units are being formed per the Task Force Makeup above.
8) Advise Red Center that MABAS Division 18 Task Force is enroute to the reception site
Communicate with all Division 18 departments on the deployment
a. Any updates of their status
b. Projected completion and return
c. Change in any plans
d. Possible need for a second deployment (at later date)
END Updated 10/15/2008
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