LaHood Receives Recognition for Work in Disaster Preparedness
Friday, February 03, 2012
Senator LaHood was presented with an appreciation plaque Jan. 30 by local area fire chiefs and participating members of the statewide Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 36 for his support of their disaster preparedness work.
“It’s an honor to receive this plaque,” said LaHood. “As State Senator for the 37th District, an important part of my job is working to ensure the safety of my constituents. MABAS has been recognized by groups like the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and agencies like FEMA and DHS as one of the nation’s leaders of local mutual aid systems. This system has produced one of the best prepared cooperative coordinated disaster responses in the United States. MABAS is a real asset to Illinois and I am glad to help facilitate the important work they do.”
According to Chief Kent Tomblin, of the Peoria Fire Department, “If it wasn’t for the cooperative nature of Illinois’ Fire Service and the active and passive support of state officials, including Senator Darin LaHood, MABAS would not be the premier statewide mutual aid and disaster response system that it is.”
Chief Tomblin also added, “Senator Darin LaHood has effectively opened the door for real partnerships in disaster response with our colleagues from the State of Illinois.”
MABAS is an intergovernmental cooperative whose mission is to share disaster preparedness resources through a coordinated statewide plan.
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