CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Dozens of Chippewa county firefighters were engaged in a large-scale training exercise this morning in Chippewa Falls.
They were simulating a 3rd alarm structure fire in which the city fire crews need additional water supply provided by tankers from neighboring departments. The training was organized by MABAS Wisconsin, which stands for mutual aid box alarm system. Regional coordinator Tom Barthman says this type of training is essential to effectively respond to catastrophes.
“They may not work together that often and that’s part of the drill is to find out how similar we are and the differences we have to make sure we correct it for future use.”
Barthman says seven departments took part in various roles of the simulation. He added that the MABAS system now incorporates most of the fire departments statewide.