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Fire district to assist village fire through box alarm system

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 3:41 p.m. CDT

LAKE BARRINGTON – The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District has announced it will be ready to assist the village of Barrington whenever possible through a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), but will no longer pursue an automatic aid agreement with the village fire department.

According to district officials, MABAS offers the best option for responding to fire and EMS calls originating in the village of Barrington. MABAS, formed in 1968, includes more than 1,500 fire departments and districts across Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Missouri. The mutual aid system allows first responders to pool resources in extreme, emergency situations, such as multiple-alarm fires or regional disasters.

BCFPD Chief/Administrator Jeff Swanson said the district will continuously work with its neighbors, moving forward, to improve the levels of service provided to area residents and will revise current agreements when opportunities arise.

Established in 1940, the district serves portions of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington and Inverness; and portions of unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties.

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