Local Law Enforcement Run Disaster Drills

Part of a drill to practice for a natural disaster

By Andrew Greiner
|  Thursday, Aug 26, 2010  |  Updated 12:41 PM CDT
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Scores of firetrucks and emergency vehicles could slow your commute this morning as local law enforcement officials conduct disaster drills.

About 33 task forces made up of three fire engines, a ladder truck, a rescue squad, three ambulances and a chief's command car will motor down four different Chicago highways between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. In total nearly 297 different agency vehicles and 900 personnel are expected to participate in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) drill. MABAS is a multi-organizational emergency response system used in Illinois, Wisconsin and parts of Indiana.

The Tri-State Tollway, the Kennedy-Edens, the Northwest Tollway and I-80 could encounter some delays due to the exercise.  

This MABAS drill is intended to simulate a large, tornado-spawning storm hitting the Chicago metro area.

Emergency vehicles will not use sirens during the trip from McCormick place to staging locations in Hoffman Estates, Glenview and Tinley Park.

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