What the hell is MABAS and why should I care?
MABAS stands for Mutual Aid Box Alarm System. Why should you care?
Well, this system was implemented for firefighters in urban and suburban areas where suburbs are all crowded together. It allows the nearest firestation to respond to a call no matter if it happens to be in an adjoining town. Good idea.
But now it's being implemented locally, and used as a justification for cutting firefighter positions.
An interested party in all of this is a committed firefighter who's set up a blog to inform the public about this matter and how it affects their safety and city budget. He does a good job explaining the intricacies of this arrangement and why citizens should care.
Take a look at Inside the Firehouse and see what he has to say about this issue of importance to the area.
Remember to start reading from the bottom up.