Chief Harry Tallacksen While 20 years into a 36-year career in industry, Harry Tallacksen
Chief Joe Holomy has been in the fire service since 1976, beginning as a volunteer Firefighter in northern Illinois southwest of Chicago.
MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) in partnership with IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) have established a statewide, non-discriminatory mutual aid response system for fire, EMS and specialized incident operational teams. Sharing the effort are representatives from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Department of Public Health - EMS Division and Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. The system defines a resource response plan to any location within the state when the Governor orders a Declaration of Disaster. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on January 16, 2001, a first in Illinois history.
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