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A uniformly trained and credentialed unit of communication volunteers available for per-planned events, emergency or disaster responses
Our Homeland Security department is the local field structure of our Nation's National Response Plan (NRP) .The NRP provides mechanisms for expedited and proactive Federal support to ensure critical life-saving assistance and incident containment capacities are in place to respond quickly and efficiently to catastrophic incidents. These are high-impact, low-probability incidents, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks that result in levels of mass casualties, damage or disruption severely affecting the population, infrastructure, environment, economy, and/or local government functions.
The Homeland Security department is charged with the planning and writing of Incident Action Plans (IAP) for special events and operations, as well as planning, warning, mitigation, recovery and coordination of operations for our departments . Our Homeland Security Department provides a variety of intelligence processing of Homeland Security alerts, Officer Safety Alerts and memos for dissemination to effected Village departments.
Our Public Safety department helps the Homeland Security department with the planning and writing of Incident Action Plans (IAP) for special events and operations, as well as assisting with the planning, warning, mitigation and recovery operations.
The Public Safety department also helps with the overseeing of the Emergency Services Division.
The Emergency Services division (ESD) is made up volunteer members who due Traffic Control, Search & Rescue and many other emergency service functions, the ESD reports to the Public Safety Department.
Melrose Park Public Safety responds to take control of traffic during times of crisis, emergencies, power outages and severe weather. We also provide traffic control during large events in the Melrose Park area.
Search & Rescue (SAR) deals with the location of persons who are missing and who are either known to be or likely to be injured or in distress. SAR incidents are a problem that could affect everyone. Our SAR unit is comprised of volunteer personnel, who have specific training and expertise in SAR and related areas. Search and Rescue volunteers are trained in the most current techniques on how to search for lost persons on land or possible drownings. Our SAR team trains regularly, and may be deployed anywhere in the state upon request of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
Our SAR team is comprised of personnel trained in many different disciplines:
Search Managers / Planers
Ground Search & Rescue
K-9 Search & Rescue
SAR Operations Specialists
The telecommunication ans Information technology team is made up of specially trained volunteers that operate are communication and computer equipment. There are responsible for updates and repair to our systems. These teams also operates the Unified Command Post (UCP) during emergencies and special events.
The fire team works in conjunction with the Melrose Park Fire Department. The team has a Squad Truck, Engine and ambulance. We provide automatic aid to working fires within Melrose Park to aid the Fire Department. Besides emergencies the team also responds to major events in Melrose Park. The team trains multiple times a month as well as meets to maintain and check apparatus to ensure that our equipment will always be ready when requested.
Our bike team was developed in 2001 for rapid search and rescue. Since that time the team has developed because the bikes are able to move thru crowds and traffic quicker then a car or an ambulance. The team carries equipment to provide medical treatment, crowd and traffic control. Year round training on and off road prepares us for any environment. The team is also able to completely maintain and repair the bikes in the field. The bike team is present at many events including the Feast of Out Lady of Mt. Carmel and many others. The bike team rides along the routes of these events placing them next to the participants as well as the spectators to provide immediate medical treatment, traffic or crowd control
The Honor Guard’s mission is to serve the public by presenting a professional and disciplined image to the community representative of our departments commitment to excellence.
We also strive to honor the United States Flag and all lost members of the Public Safety Family and the U.S. Military to the best of our ability. We participate as a Color Guard in local parades and formal functions, as well as give due respect and ceremony in funerals and memorials.