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Statewide, Full Scale Activation of Michigan Fire Service Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) will be held Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm. Simulated Tornado to Hit Four Sites in Michigan to Test Fire Service Response

Contact: Mario L. Morrow 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

July 27, 2011. Media representatives are invited to attend a demonstration of statewide deployment of fire services personnel at four staging areas in Michigan to test emergency readiness during time of disaster - the largest such activation test to date. The event will test capability of the Michigan Fire Service Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), a user-driven standardized system designed to immediately activate large quantities of fire and EMS personnel and resources beyond the means of any single fire department in times of major fire, disaster or other major emergency. The Bureau of Fire Services and Michigan State Fire Marshal in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is a sponsor of the event along with the Michigan State Police Emergency Management Homeland Security Division, and Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs.

The 60-minute exercise will be in response to a simulated F4 tornado that hits Anytown, MI (fictional locations) creating widespread devastation including high death tolls, injuries and building entrapments.

Activation of fire services will begin Thursday, July 28 at 2:20 pm from a simulation cell at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City (at the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs Summer Leadership Conference). There, an initiating call will be made to a statewide MABAS dispatch center in Lansing, which in turn will call dispatch centers in Oakland, Saginaw, Bay, Muskegon, Ottawa, Berrien and Cass counties. These local dispatch centers will then contact their MABAS fire agencies that will report to four staging areas or "Point of Departure" (POD) areas within their regions to receive orders for response to Anytown. Response at the four staging areas will consist of a fire operations task force of three engines, one ladder truck, one heavy rescue vehicle, one ambulance, and one fire chief and command vehicle. The typical task force would have a possible crew of 23 firefighters including two emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

EVENT: Michigan Fire Service Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Statewide, Full Scale Activation

DATE:   Thursday, July 28, 2011

TIME:    2:20 pm.

LOCATIONS and STAGING AREAS
  • The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 
  • Saginaw Valley State University, 6400 Bay Road, Lot H, Saginaw, MI 
  • North Berrien Fire Department, 170 Washington Street, Coloma, MI 49038 
  • Nunica Fire Department, 16875 Main Street, Nunica, MI 49448


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