Local Law Enforcement Run Disaster Drills

Part of a drill to practice for a natural disaster

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Aerials of firefighter training (Published Thursday, Aug 26, 2010)

    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.