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Fire Departments Teach about Fire Prevention by Setting Fires

Fire Departments Teach about Fire Prevention by Setting Fires

Orland Park, IL (October 2, 2018) – The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) is assisting local fire departments in conducting live burn demonstrations to educate the public about how quickly fires can become deadly, as well as the important life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. The demonstrations provide a side-by-side comparison with two similarly furnished rooms — only one with a fire sprinkler installed in the room. Audiences will be able...
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Fire Prevention Week 2018

ARE YOU READY FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK? October 7 – 13, 2018 Include a live side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration as the grand finale! The following public messages can be utilized: Call 9-1-1 for emergencies Use of an escape plan and meeting place The importance of smoke alarms The speed of flashover The quick response and cooling action of fire sprinklers Fire department response timeline The time to make a decision on reserving a side-by-side...
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Successful Activations (Fall 2018 Edition)

Successful Activations (Fall 2018 Edition)

OCTOBER 2018 Sprinklers prevent fire from spreading apartment building DeKalb, IL (October 22, 2018)—The DeKalb Fire Department responded to the fire, which started on the stove of a ground-floor apartment, in an apartment complex. Upon arrival, which was six minutes after the call came in, firefighters discovered the fire was extinguished on by the unit’s sprinkler system. The fire was an accident, and it was confined to one apartment. Water damage displaced an additional...
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Girls learn life-saving role of fire sprinklers at Plainfield Firefighter Camp

Girls learn life-saving role of fire sprinklers at Plainfield Firefighter Camp

Plainfield, IL – Twenty girls, ages 11-15, had the experience of a lifetime when they participated in a firefighter/paramedic camp sponsored by the Plainfield Fire Protection District this summer. Offered for the first time, this three-day camp provided an opportunity to learn about the Plainfield fire service and possible future careers.  Plainfield Fire Marshal Mary Ludemann ran the camp.  Activities included putting on 20 pounds of regulation firefighter gear, learning procedures for a rescue...
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Deadly Apartment Fire That Killed Eight People Raises Questions About Chicago’s Fire Codes

Deadly Apartment Fire That Killed Eight People Raises Questions About Chicago’s Fire Codes

Orland Park, IL (August 26, 2018) – A deadly fire in a three-story apartment building killed six children and two adults in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood early this morning. It stands as a reminder of the importance of working smoke alarms and fire sprinklers and their important role in today’s building codes. Building codes require new apartments over 30 feet must be protected with fire sprinklers. Chicago’s current code requires sprinklers in new high...
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Long Grove First Village to Pass a Home Fire Sprinkler Ordinance in Illinois 30 Years Ago

Long Grove First Village to Pass a Home Fire Sprinkler  Ordinance in Illinois 30 Years Ago

When Dave Grupp was fire chief of the Long Grove Fire Protection District 30 years ago, he had a vision; to protect all new homes with automatic home fire sprinklers. Working closely with stakeholders and elected officials, Long Grove was the first village in Illinois to pass a home fire sprinkler ordinance on April 11, 1988. Last May, the now retired Chief Grupp was recognized at the first ever Home Fire Sprinkler Day event...
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NFSA Offers Complimentary Subscriber Membership for Remainder of 2018

NFSA Offers Complimentary Subscriber Membership for Remainder of 2018

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) is offering all code officials a complimentary subscriber membership for the remainder of 2018. NFSA is the premier resource for fire sprinkler training and education. The subscriber membership includes full access to NFSA benefits including a digital copy of “National Fire Sprinkler Magazine;” the ability to search the archives for previous articles, white papers, and TechNotes; product advisory and recalls for sprinkler-related manufacturers; voting guidance on current NFPA...
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New Series of ITM Inspection Testing & Maintenance Videos Now Available Online

New Series of ITM Inspection Testing & Maintenance Videos Now Available Online

A series of Inspection Testing & Maintenance (ITM) videos is available for AHJs, members of the fire service and building owners and managers.   The videos cover topics including a description of NFPA 25, a Guide for Building Owners and Managers with basic information about why ITM is vital to building safety. The series also includes short videos for various systems tests. For more information, visit: FireSprinklerTesting.org and click on “View Videos.” The series touches...
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Warrenville Apartment Fire Displaces Residents

Warrenville Apartment Fire Displaces Residents

Warrenville, IL (July 29) —A fire displaced residents and left an apartment building uninhabitable on Sunday, July 29. The Warrenville Fire Protection District were called to the scene after reports of heavy flames and smoke were coming from the first floor of building located at 29 W 542 Country Ridge Drive, Warrenville. The residents of the six-unit building were evacuated, and the fire was under control within 30 minutes. One of the units had...
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It’s Time to Retire Grandfather Clauses

It’s Time to Retire Grandfather Clauses

Orland Park, (July 20, 2018) – The massive, fast-moving fire in Prospect Heights on July 18th that spread to three buildings and left more than 100 families displaced stands as a convincing reminder of the value of fire sprinklers and their important role in today’s codes. The buildings were not protected with fire sprinklers because they were built before codes required them and were therefore “grandfathered”. If fire sprinklers had been installed in the...
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Successful Activations (Summer 2018 Edition)

Successful Activations (Summer 2018 Edition)

August 2018 Sprinklers Extinguish Fire at Chicago Public School CHICAGO, IL (August 18, 2018) – A fire broke out on the third floor of Burley Elementary School located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Upon arrival, the Chicago Fire Department reported the fire alarms were activated, and the school’s sprinkler system extinguished the fire. An initial investigation appeared to be spontaneous combustion, which originated from rags that had been used for staining, according to the CFD....
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Woman’s death after jumping from a burning building a tragic reminder that all apartment buildings should be protected with fire sprinklers

Woman’s death after jumping from a burning building a tragic reminder that all apartment buildings should be protected with fire sprinklers

CHICAGO, IL (June 5, 2018) – A 51-year-old woman died after jumping from a front window of a four-story apartment building in Rogers Park earlier this week. Forty people, including a dozen children, lost their homes and all of their belongings. In Chicago, fire sprinklers are required in all high-rise buildings built after 1975. Since this building was four stories, it is not considered a high-rise. According to Chicago code, if it were built...
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Illinois Communities and Retired Fire Chief Recognized during First Ever Home Fire Sprinkler Day

Illinois Communities and Retired Fire Chief Recognized during First Ever Home Fire Sprinkler Day

BARRINGTON, IL (May 19, 2018) – More than 100 Illinois communities that adopted ordinances requiring home fire sprinklers in all new homes were recognized at the first ever Home Fire Sprinkler Day held at the Barrington Countryside Fire station. Dave Grupp, former Long Grove fire chief, also was recognized for passing the first home fire sprinkler ordinance in Illinois in 1988. The Illinois event was one of 50 held across the U.S. and Canada. The...
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Nine Injured in Englewood High Rise Fire Not Protected with Fire Sprinklers

ORLAND PARK, IL (April 19, 2018) – Nine people were seriously injured, including three children and a firefighter, after a fire broke out on the 13th floor of a high-rise building in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The 21-story apartment building was not protected with fire sprinklers. The injured occupants were transported to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The firefighter was treated and released for difficulty breathing. According to 5th District Chief Rosalind Jones, 31...
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A Tale of Two Trump Tower Fires

A Tale of Two Trump Tower Fires

ORLAND PARK, IL  (April 12, 2018) – On February 18, 2016, fire sprinklers controlled a fire in a trash compactor on the 50th floor of the Trump Tower in Chicago. The sprinklers prevented injuries, deaths and major damage to the building and its occupants, as well as, provided protection for responding firefighters. A tragically different outcome occurred April 7, 2018, when a fire on the unsprinklered 50th floor of the Trump Tower in New York...
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Sprinkler Activations (Spring 2018 Edition)

Sprinkler Activations (Spring 2018 Edition)

MAY 2018 Gas grill leads to a residential townhome fire LAKE ZURICH, IL (May 27, 2018) – A weekend fire at a townhome in Lake Zurich began when an unattended propane-powered grill ignited the exterior siding of the building. The Lake Zurich Fire Department reports that the grill was located on a balcony of the unit, and when heat from the fire caused the patio glass door to crack, a sprinkler head in the...
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Fire Sprinkler Organization Responds to Inaccurate Information about High Rise Fire Safety Following Fires in Hancock Building

ORLAND PARK, IL (February 23, 2018) – Recent fires in a Chicago high-rise building formerly known as the John Hancock Center, prove that fire detection alone is not safe. Two separate kitchen fires were reported on February 18; one was on the 52nd floor; the other was on the 69th floor. A 32-year-old personal trainer was severely injured. Two years ago, five people were injured when a candle caused a fire in a bedroom...
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Successful Activations (Winter 2018 Edition)

Successful Activations (Winter 2018 Edition)

FEBRUARY 2018 Accidental Kitchen Fire at Caroll Towers apartment building ST. CHARLES, IL (February 22, 2018) – The St. Charles Fire Department responded to a fire that trapped a female occupant in her second floor apartment when combustible materials that were left on the stove caught fire. The sprinkler system inside the building held the fire in check in the kitchen, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in 15 minutes and rescue...
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ABC Chicago 7 I-Team Report: Fires at Iconic Mag Mile Tower Point to Sprinkler Concern

Chicago, IL (ABC Chicago 7 News) – (February 20, 2018) – A few days after the name of the John Hancock Center was changed, an old concern has surfaced: lack of fire sprinklers in the residential portion of the skyscraper. The I-Team has learned that fires broke out in two different apartments on Sunday at the 875 N. Michigan Ave. building. The separate fires were in units on distant floors, hours apart. A 32-year-old...
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Residential Floors of John Hancock Center Not Protected with Fire Sprinklers

ORLAND PARK, IL (February 18, 2018) – A fire on the 52nd floor of the former John Hancock Center seriously injured a man early Sunday morning. The unit was not protected with a fire sprinkler system. While the commercial floors have fire sprinklers, the residential units from the 44th to the 92nd floor do not have fire sprinklers. According to Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB),...
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Rock Island Fire Department Explains Importance of New Fire Sprinkler Mandate In Residential Homes

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – February 14, 2018 – Since 2009, the international fire code has called for fire sprinkler systems in newly constructed residential homes. Watch KWQC-TV6 News Segment:  http://www.kwqc.com/content/news/Rock-Island-fire-department-explains-importance-of-new-fire-sprinkler-mandate-in-residential-homes–474109133.html   Cities can make changes to the code before adopting it to their jurisdiction. In November, the city of Rock Island adopted the code in its entirety. Effective January 1st, newly constructed residential homes are required to have a sprinkler system. “We feel like sprinklers...
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Rock Island Fire Chief Breaks Down Changes To City’s Fire Code

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. –  February 8, 2018 – Rock Island recently adopted new fire and building codes back in November. The update requires all new homes to have automatic sprinkler systems. Rock Island Fire Chief Jeff Yerkey joined Local 4 News to explain why the change was made. He says studies show 77% of all structure fires occur in residential properties, and 80% of all fire-related deaths occur in residential structure fires. To hear more on...
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New Website and Video Provide Important Information about Inspecting, Testing and Maintaining Fire Sprinkler Systems in Various Buildings

ORLAND PARK, IL (January 17, 2018) – The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) has released FireSprinklerTesting.org, a new website that provides important information about inspecting, testing and maintaining (ITM) fire sprinkler systems in various types of buildings. A new companion video is featured on the website. According to Tom Lia, NIFSAB executive director, fire sprinklers provide the greatest protection from fire for occupants, contents and the building itself. Proper ITM is vital...
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Fire sprinklers save Winnetka Community House fitness center

On December 28, Fire sprinklers kept a fire from spreading at the Winnetka Community House fitness center. The incident was caused when towels in a dryer caught fire. The blaze was contained in the laundry room and fitness center area, largely thanks to the building’s sprinkler system. “The sprinklers kind of held it in check until we got there,” said Winnetka Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky. “The system did its job, which I think was...
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NFSA Applauds Policy Makers for Including Fire Sprinkler Incentives in Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2017  — The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) praised sponsors and co-sponsors for their consistent leadership over the years that ensured fire sprinklers were included in the tax reform legislation passed by the House and Senate yesterday. The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act has been pushed for years. Fire protection has now been included and overall fire and life safety systems have joined other tax incentives such as roofing, HVAC and security alarm...
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