Illinois Mutual Aid Response System Enhances Hazardous Response Capabilities

Merrimack, NH – Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has announced that 124 of its ONESuit® Pro chemical protective suits have been purchased by the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System – Illinois (MABAS-IL), a statewide mutual-aid response system for fire, emergency medical services (EMS) and specialized incident-operations teams. The system defines a resource response plan to any location within the state when the Governor orders a Declaration of Disaster. If called upon, MABAS will also send response teams to anywhere in the United States.

The MABAS specialized operations teams, which are sent to manage incidents involving hazardous materials, will be using the ONESuit® Pro. The ONESuit® Pro is one of Saint-Gobain’s single-skin, fully encapsulated, Level A chemical protective ensembles.  The product is certified to the National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) 1991 and 1994 standards, assuring optimal protection from the most hazardous dangers.  Its single-skin design makes it lightweight, and easy to maneuver in difficult situations.

MABAS-Illinois includes approximately 35,000 of Illinois’ 40,000 firefighters who staff emergency response units including more than 1,500 fire stations, 2,495 engine companies, 469 ladder trucks, 1,100 ambulances (mostly paramedic capable), 297 heavy rescue squads, and 788 water tenders.
The ONESuit® product line meets NFPA requirements with a lightweight, single-skin design, allowing for maximum user protection and comfort in order to best complete dangerous missions. ONESuit® protective gear also offers flame-resistance and extended shelf life, and is compactable for convenient, space-saving storage.

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