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It is the responsibility of all MABAS-IL Divisions, departments, and Chiefs to participate in committees, work for task groups or serve as a liaison on the behalf of, interest and welfare of MABAS-IL. MABAS-IL membership involvement is critical to the leadership and success of MABAS-IL. Standing committees, along with workgroups and assignments as a MABAS-IL liaison, serve a substantial purpose in guiding, directing, and representing MABAS-IL.

Standing committees are coordinated and report to the 2nd Vice President of the MABAS-IL Executive Team. Quarterly written reports are provided to full Executive Board quarterly meetings by all Standing Committees.
Standing Committees are only established by a majority vote of the full MABAS-IL Executive Board. Standing Committees may only be disbanded by a majority vote of the MABAS-IL full Executive Board. Standing Committees deal with matters of ongoing, mainstay importance to the mission of MABAS-IL. Below is a list of MABAS-IL Standing Committees:

1. Communications Committee :
The Committee focuses on technical aspects of voice, data, and video systems which provide conduits for information. Technical and human matters associated with resource control and dispatch operations for MABAS-IL, fire, EMS, and special operations teams.
Committee Co-chair(s): Chris Lienhardt, Executive Director, Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) Center
Ron Kleinhaus, Chief, Evergreen Park Fire Department

2. All Hazards Operation Support Team (AHOST) :
The Committee focuses on practices, procedures, guidelines for a response, mobilizations, deployments, rotations, tactical and strategic operations in all field areas non-specific to special operations teams.
Committee Co-chair(s): Joe Cluchey – Fire Chief – Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District
Steve DeJong – Deputy Fire Chief – Homewood Fire Department

3. Technical Rescue Team (TRT) Committee :
Focuses upon matters specific to Divisional TRT Teams and their operations.
Committee Co-chair(s): Mark Bozik – Fire Chief – Roselle Fire Department

4. Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Team Committee :
Focuses upon matters specific to Divisional HAZMAT Teams and their operations.
Committee Co-chair(s): Kevin Welsh – Fire Chief – Glenwood Fire Department

5. Water Rescue & Recovery Team Committee :
Focuses upon matters specific to Divisional underwater rescue/recovery and swift water actions and their operations.
Committee Co-chair(s): Bert Lancaster – Fire Chief – Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District
Todd Rishling – Battalion Chief – Elk Grove Fire Department

By-Laws and Elections Committee :
The Committee focuses upon amendments to and additions to MABAS-IL By-laws and procedures regarding elections and nominations of all Executive Team Board Members (e.g. President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer / Comptroller).
Committee Co-chair(s): Harry Tallacksen – Blackhawk Fire Protection District
Paul Maplethrope – Deputy Chief – Newport Fire Protection District

Fleet and Mobile Mechanics Committee
Dennis Kennedy – District Chief – Morton Grove Fire Department
Darrell Page – Fire Chief – R.S.P. & E. Fire Protection District

FILO Committee
Committee Co-chair(s): Jeremy Norris – Fire Chief – Williamson County Fire Department
Steve Bennett – Fire Chief – Charleston Fire Department

UAS
Co-Chair(s): Kennan Newton – Fire Chief – Lynwood Fire Department
Kent Adams – Fire chief – Romeoville Fire Department