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  • Elk Grove Village firefighter/paramedic Andy Laird receives assistance with his equipment from Streamwood firefighter/paramedic Gary Jacobs as the regional water rescue team from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) demonstrates water rescue techniques for the division's command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

       Elk Grove Village firefighter/paramedic Andy Laird receives assistance with his equipment from Streamwood firefighter/paramedic Gary Jacobs as the regional water rescue team from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) demonstrates water rescue techniques for the division's command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • A firefighter/paramedic using a surface-supplied air system enters the water as the regional water rescue team from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) demonstrates water rescue techniques for the division's command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

       A firefighter/paramedic using a surface-supplied air system enters the water as the regional water rescue team from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) demonstrates water rescue techniques for the division's command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Hoffman Estates Fire Captain Mike Hartman helps firefighter/paramedic Scott Mullis with his equipment as the regional water rescue team from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) demonstrates water rescue techniques for the division's command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

       Hoffman Estates Fire Captain Mike Hartman helps firefighter/paramedic Scott Mullis with his equipment as the regional water rescue team from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) demonstrates water rescue techniques for the division's command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • The regional water rescue team from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) demonstrates water rescue techniques for the division's command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

       The regional water rescue team from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) demonstrates water rescue techniques for the division's command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 
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The regional water rescue team from Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 1 demonstrated water rescue capabilities for the division's command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

Team members conducted dive rescue and recovery operations using various breathing, communications and sonar equipment. They also demonstrated the use of a remotely operated vehicle designed for search and recovery operations where conditions are too hazardous to deploy a diver.

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Other demonstrations included specialized tactics and equipment used in ice rescue and flood/swift water rescue situations.

MABAS Division 1 is comprised of fire departments from Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Township, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Palatine Rural, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Streamwood and Wheeling.

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