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.
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.