Bernie Lyons joins MABAS after almost 26 years with the Arlington Height Fire Department. Bernie has served many roles over the course of his career. He served as a Paramedic, Dive Team and Hazardous Materials Team member and as the department’s Training Division Chief and Director of the Arlington Heights Fire Academy. For the past 11 years, Bernie was the department’s Deputy Chief of Administration, where he was responsible for the oversight of the department’s EMS. Public Education and Training Divisions, in addition to overseeing the department’s budget and serving on a variety of Village boards and committee. Bernie has also served the last five years as MABAS Division 1’s Secretary/Treasurer.
Bernie is originally from Chicago and a graduate of Chicago’s Gordon Technical High School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. a Master’s degree in Public Safety and Homeland Security Management from Southern Illinois University, and has a Chief Fire Officer Certification from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Bernie’s late father, Thomas Lyons served for 35 years on the Chicago Fire Department and retired at the rank of Captain. Bernie lives in Buffalo Grove with his wife, Mary, and their five children—Conor, Austin, Declan, Patrick and Nora.
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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