Smiths Detection HazMatID Elite Command Systems expand MABAS-Illinois Hazmat response capabilities

Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI), a leading threat detection and security technology company, today announces that it has fulfilled a multi-year $2.2 million contract with Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) of Illinois to expand their hazardous materials response capabilities with HazMatID Elite handheld chemical identifiers.

SDI began supplying MABAS with HazMatID Elite identifiers in 2016 as part of a strategy to equip their regional HazMat teams with Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) technology to analyze suspicious substances on emergency scenes. In addition, the equipment has been upgraded with Smiths Detection’s Command System solution, which provide responders with the ability to compare unknown substances to a database of more than 35,000 chemicals, including toxins, explosives and narcotics, helping them both accelerate response times and obtain critical, or life-saving, information quicker.

Don Davids, President of MABAS-IL commented, “HazMatID Elite continues to be a trusted tool that we use to safeguard our communities.  Upgrading to the Command System not only improves our response ability, but also helps us build upon the expertise we have gained over the years.”

Shan Hood, President of SDI commented, “We are happy to continue our relationship with MABAS-Illinois by providing them with the very best field based hazardous materials identification systems available.”

MABAS provides emergency rapid response and sustained operations when a jurisdiction or region experiences and event of manmade, technological, or environmental threat. MABAS-Illinois serves local fire agencies, MABAS Divisions, State of Illinois departments, and Cook County UASI-DHSEM by providing a systems-based resource allocation and distribution network of robust traditional and nontraditional fire-EMS-rescue and special operations teams for emergency and sustained response within and outside of the State of Illinois.



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FTI Consulting, Tom Hufton/Georgina Reeves,, +44 (0)20 3727 1000

Smiths Detection, Sophie Mills, Global Communications Manager,, + 44 (0)7384236474