Northfield Fire-Rescue is an active member of the MABAS mutual aid call
system. MABAS Division III includes the north shore communities bounded by
Highland Park on the north, Evanston and Skokie on the south, Park Ridge
and Prospect Heights on the west, and Lake Michigan on the East. Currently,
seventeen north shore departments belong to MABAS Division III providing
service from 35 stations and over 750 firefighters.
The MABAS system allows departments to serve citizens in ways far beyond a fire division's
original intent. MABAS Division III shares cost effective specialized teams
for hazardous material spill control, underwater rescue and recovery and
specialized cave-in or high-angle rescues. Additional activities of MABAS
Division III include cost saving joint purchasing between communities for
fire trucks, engines, ambulances, tools, hose and equipment.
Many Division III communities utilize automatic first response where the
closest station responds when an incident occurs. Such automatic aid
responses ignore geo-political boundaries between communities in the best
interest of citizen service and cost effectiveness.
For more information regarding MABAS Division III please visit their website: MABAS3.org