Episode 24 - MABAS Division 4 & 5 SRT with Christina Loomis


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The MABAS Divisions 4 & 5 Specialized Response Teams (SRT) works with its over 40 member fire departments across northeastern Illinois to coordinate specialized response services to protect the health and safety of the public. Teams are trained to respond to a wide range of emergencies such as hazardous materials releases, structural collapses, rope, confined space or trench rescues, water rescues and/or recoveries as well as wildland fires. In this episode CMC School instructor Doug McElmury discusses the details of this coordinated effort with Christina Loomis, the Administrative Coordinator.

Topics Discussed:

0:24 Introduction

1:36 What is MABAS Division 4 & 5 SRT?

3:34 Brief history of the SRT team.

4:50 What are the disciplines covered?

5:50 How does the governance board work?

8:50 What is your position responsible for as the Administrative Coordinator?

11:40 How do you maintain uniformity of training?

14:15 What are your other responsibilities?

15:15 What were your initial goals when you were hired?

18:33 What is covered in your strategic 5 year plan?

21:00 Process of switching from 1/2in to 11mm rope?

25:10 How is your position funded?

28:39 What’s in the future for MABAS Division 4 & 5 SRT?

30:27 Closing thoughts

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