The Montgomery County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a mandated committee with membership from business and industry; emergency response groups such as fire, medical and law enforcement; community groups; media; hospitals; environmental interest; universities; and the general public.

The mission of the LEPC is to effectively plan for emergencies involving hazardous materials. The LEPC is tasked with the responsibility for SARA Title III Environmental Compliance; HAZMAT training and exercises; Site-Specific Chemical Planning Program and maintenance of the county-wide Hazardous Material Response Plan.

The primary responsibility of the LEPC is to receive information about hazardous substances from industry and to use this information to develop comprehensive site emergency plans to handle emergencies. In addition to the hazardous materials responsibilities, the Montgomery County LEPC has taken an “All Hazards” approach within this committee by looking at other potential threats within our county and communities. We work to mitigate, plan, coordinate, educate and exercise all hazards through this committee as a team to strengthen our efforts regarding public safety. Other “All Hazard” threats we have focused on to date are:

  • Active Shooters
  • Addiction
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Mental Health
  • School Safety
  • Tornadoes

Chair: Mandy Sebeschak
Vice Chair: Karen Webb
Secretary: Aryn Hunter
EMA: Greg Nimmo

2019 Meeting Schedule:
January-June: 1st Friday of each month at 10:00am at Hillsboro Hospital
July-December: 1st Friday of each month at 10:00am at St Francis Hospital  

MABAS Division 56


Montgomery County EMA in partnership with MABAS Division 56.

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 MABAS: Light Tower/Generator   MABAS: 6 Wheeler ATV MABAS: Hazmat Team
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MABAS: Double Deck Boat Trailer      MABAS: Incident Management MABAS: Expedient Shelter


The 10 Montgomery County Fire Departments, 5 Ambulance Services, Montgomery County EMA, Carlinville and Gillespie Fire are part of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 56. MABAS is a statewide organization of over 550 agencies that have the capability to work together when a disaster strikes.  Many members of MABAS Division 56 have specialized equipment, as seen above, that any other member of MABAS 56 can call upon for assistance during incidents or disasters.

2019 MABAS Division 56 Meeting Dates
February 13th – Unit 7 Fire Protection District (Gillespie)
April 10th – Taylor Springs Fire Department
June 12th – Witt Fire Department

Montgomery County EMA Director, Kevin Schott


EMA Press Release -  Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee Meeting

EMA Hazard Mitigation Citizen Questionnaire

Welcome to the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency(MCEMA). Our agency was originally created as Civil Defense and later became Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.  The name of the department was changed to Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency (MCEMA) in 2005 to more accurately reflect its responsibilities. The agency established within County Government is responsible for coordinating the emergency and disaster mitigation, as well as preparedness, planning, response and recovery efforts of the County and its political subdivisions in conjunction with the State of Illinois, Federal Government, private organizations, businesses, and the public. Our EMA is comprised of many great EMA Volunteers. Our Volunteer Teams are the core of the following teams:

  • Damage Assessment
  • Drone
  • Incident management
  • Search & Rescue

EMA Assistants:
Joe Gasparich                            Dan Hough
joeg@montgomerycountyil.gov   danh@montgomerycountyil.gov


Montgomery County EMA
120 N. Main St.
Hillsboro, IL 62049

EMA Search and Rescue/Drone Team

Montgomery County’s Search and Rescue (SAR) is a highly trained team capable of managing and executing many types of search operations including lost person and evidence searches.

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Drone with FLIR:

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Every search team member is required to pass the Illinois Search and Rescue Council (ISARC) 16 Hour Basic Ground Search and Rescue curriculum that includes both classroom and field-level training. Ongoing local and joint agency training in a variety of SAR skills including night search, search management, evidence search and others ensures that members continue to hone their skills.


Our Search and Rescue/Drone Team will deploy as a mutual aid request to other government agencies.
You can request us 24/7 at 217-532-9511.