Chief David Haywood started in the fire service as a Paid on Call firefighter while simultaneously serving on an Industrial fire/ rescue brigade, then began as a career firefighter in 1979 in south suburban Blue Island. During his career he earned multiple state and national certifications including Hazardous Materials Technician, All Hazard Incident Management Team, Fire Officer II, Fire/ Arson Investigator, Critical Infrastructure Protection and also holds an Associates Degree in Fire Science Technology. He had the privilege to serve with firefighters from Illinois, New York, and New Orleans during the MABAS- Il. response to Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. After 28 years as a career firefighter with progressive responsibilities, he retired as Chief of Department in 2007.
Chief Haywood currently serves as the MABAS- Illinois Deputy Operations Section Chief and is responsible for administrative and technical duties in planning, organizing, and documenting operational activities and readiness. Chief Haywood is the MABAS liaison to the Chicago Fire Department and has helped prepare the Chicago/ Cook County Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (T.H.I.R.A.), Hazard Mitigation Plan, and other regional catastrophic planning efforts including Improvised Nuclear Device (I.N.D.), Bakken Crude Oil response, and Earthquakes. He helped in the planning process, and operated in an Emergency Operation Center during the N.A.T.O. Summit, President Obama's inauguration at Grant Park, multiple Chicago Marathons and three Chicago Black Hawk championship rallies. He is also the liaison to the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (O.E.M.C.) and Cook County Urban Area Security Initiative (U.A.S.I.). Chief Haywood is active in local civic and social organizations, and continues to serve on the Blue Island Firefighters Pension board. He is married to his wife Joan and they have two adult children.
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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