Lake County, IN Homeowner’s Peace of Mind is Restored with a Fire-Sprinklered House

Lake County, IN Homeowner’s Peace of Mind is Restored with a Fire-Sprinklered House

(April 25, 2019) – In Indiana, one of the new state laws signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb in 2018 prohibits state and local lawmakers from requiring fire sprinklers in single-family homes, duplexes, and townhomes (SEA 393). If that sounds counter-intuitive to public safety, know that this high-level opposition to progressive home fire protection codes isn’t restricted to Indiana. Fire safety advocates are dealing with the same thing all across the U.S. With some $517...
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Historic Buildings Should Be Protected With Fire Sprinklers

Historic Buildings Should Be Protected With Fire Sprinklers

ORLAND PARK, IL (April 17, 2019) – One day after the world watched the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and people gasped as the iconic spire fell during the blaze, there was relief that there were no fatalities and news that the cathedral still stands and will be rebuilt. One of the many questions is: how can fires in historic buildings be prevented and how can valuable artifacts be protected?...
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Chief Rob Martin, Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District

Chief Rob Martin, Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District

  By:  Tom Lia During the holiday season, my family and I took a trip to the Wisconsin Dells and passed through Winnebago County, Illinois. I was reminded of our good fire safety friend and patriot Chief Rob Martin of the Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District. Dedicated to his family, his fire district, and his country, Chief Rob Martin is certainly someone I look up to. Rob is one of the esteemed Illinois Fire Service...
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Kankakee Fire Department Uses America’s Favorite Food to Deliver Fire Safety to Adults and Children

Kankakee Fire Department Uses America’s Favorite Food to Deliver Fire Safety to Adults and Children

  Following home fire disasters that took the lives of young children, the Kankakee Fire Department deployed an age-old tactic to improve the likelihood that effective fire safety messages would get into the home – free food. Since 2017, the department has been hosting successful parties featuring America’s favorite food: pizza. Kankakee Fire Captain Mike Casagrande explains how it came to be. “It took us some time to figure out the best path to...
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NIFSAB is Proud to Announce A New Educational & Research Foundation Scholarship in Honor of John Viniello

                  ORLAND PARK, IL (APRIL 2, 2019) – The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) is proud to announce a new IFCA Educational and Research Foundation Scholarship for both Fire Inspector I or Fire Inspector II in the name of John Viniello, former president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). Through the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA) and the IFCA Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Program,...
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Donated Standpipe Valves Will Be Used at 100 Chicago Fire Stations for Training

More than 100 donated standpipe valves were on display during a presentation at the Chicago Fire Department Quinn Fire Academy. Officers and instructors gathered at the academy to thank members of the fire sprinkler industry for the donation. The threaded standpipes with swivel attachment/fittings will be used on each of 100 Chicago fire station engines. They will be used for high-rise standpipe training, with flow meters and pressure gauges to help prepare for stairwell...
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Ask Your Legislators To Support (S.803) to Allow Businesses To Immediately Deduct the Full Cost of Fire Sprinkler Retrofits

Ask Your Legislators To Support (S.803) to Allow Businesses To Immediately Deduct the Full Cost of Fire Sprinkler Retrofits

Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced legislation (S. 803) to fix a provision in the 2017 tax-cut law that will allow business owners to receive immediate tax benefits when they retrofit their buildings with fire sprinklers. Before the law’s enactment, fire sprinkler retrofits in commercial buildings would be written off over a 39-year period. This exceedingly long recovery was a major impediment to fire sprinkler retrofits. Congress intended for the 2017...
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Rock Island First of Four Towns Recognized as Five-Star Fire Safe Communities

Rock Island First of Four Towns Recognized as Five-Star Fire Safe Communities

    ORLAND PARK, IL (March 13, 2019) – The city of Rock Island is the first to be recognized as a Five-Star Fire Safe Community, a new program introduced by the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition (IFSC). The organization has recognized more than 100 communities in Illinois as fire safe communities for their upgraded codes that require fire sprinklers in all new construction including single-family homes. The new Five-Star Fire Safe Community program expands the...
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Successful Activations (Spring Edition 2019)

Successful Activations (Spring Edition 2019)

APRIL 2019 Activation of a Single Fire Sprinkler Kept a Fire From Spreading at Highland Park High School HIGHLAND PARK, IL (April 11, 2019) – Highland Park firefighters responded to a 6:33 A.M. call at Highland Park High School at 433 Vine Avenue. According to Fire Chief Larry Amidei of the Highland Park Fire Department, the firefighters, upon arrival, saw smoke from a fire that had been controlled by the activation of a single...
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NIFSAB Is Saddened By The Loss Of NFSA’s Past President John Viniello

NIFSAB Is Saddened By The Loss Of NFSA’s Past President John Viniello

ORLAND PARK, IL (February 27, 2019) – NIFSAB is sad to share the news that NFSA’s Past President, John Viniello, passed away, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, two days before his 77th birthday. While John served as NFSA president for 28 years, from 1984-2012, he was a major supporter of NIFSAB’s work. According to NIFSAB’s Tom Lia, “John always backed us up. Whether it was a high-rise issue, battling anti-sprinkler information or supporting NFPA 13D...
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NFSA Applauds Plainfield as It Institutes Grant Program for Installation of Fire Sprinkler Systems in Historic District Businesses

NFSA Applauds Plainfield as It Institutes Grant Program for Installation of Fire Sprinkler Systems in Historic District Businesses

PLAINFIELD, IL (February 15, 2019) — The National Fire Sprinkler Association extends its heartiest congratulations to our partners in life safety: Plainfield Fire Chief Jon Stratton, Fire Marshal Mary Kay Ludemann, their Board of Trustees and the Village of Plainfield, Illinois, upon the enactment of the Plainfield Historic Commercial District Fire and Life Safety System Grant Program. The grant program is designed for existing commercial structures that require the installation of a fire sprinkler...
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Successful Activations (Winter Edition 2019)

Successful Activations (Winter Edition 2019)

FEBRUARY 2019 Apartment Fire Controlled by Sprinklers ROCKFORD, IL (February 22, 2019) – A fire broke out shortly before 8 p.m. at the Faust Landmark Apartments on the building’s ninth floor. The building’s sprinkler system was activated and contained the fire. One man was sent to the emergency room for smoke inhalation. Two apartments sustained about $20,000 in fire and water damage. The cause is under investigation. Source: rrstar.com   Fire Sprinkler Controls Apartment...
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Ring in the New Year with a Bang, Not a Ban

Ring in the New Year with a Bang, Not a Ban

As we approach the start of a new year, it’s worth taking stock of what we might do better. In many ways, the past year was marked by unprecedented division, including in local and regional sprinkler codes. As the map here shows, some states had great success (brown) and were able to pass lifesaving fire sprinkler codes. But others’ worthy efforts were hampered by anti-sprinkler-code forces (orange). Why are sprinkler advocates in half the...
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I Can’t Save You, But I’ll Die Trying – Dr. Burton Clark Book

OpenLine January 23, 2019 Click for Full Interview Fire remains a leading cause of death in the U.S with more than 3,500 killed and 15,000,000 injuries each year, along with $15,000,000,000 in property loss. But according to retired Fire Officer, and FEMA Executive Fire Officer, Dr. Burton Clark, “fire” continues to remain very low on the list of concerns for most Americans.  Dr. Clark joins Ben Hall to discuss his newest book, I Can’t...
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110 Fire Safe Communities in Illinois – Is Yours One of Them?

110 Fire Safe Communities in Illinois – Is Yours One of Them?

Congratulations to the following municipalities. They are among the 110 communities in northeastern Illinois that have already followed the recommendations made by FEMA and NFPA by adopting residential fire sprinkler ordinances for new single-family homes. Residential fire sprinklers save lives. Is yours one of them? See complete list.  
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Successful Activations (December 2018 Edition)

Successful Activations (December 2018 Edition)

DECEMBER 2018   Fire at a Dress Shop Stopped by Sprinklers ROCKFORD, IL (December 24, 2018)—The Rockford Fire Department responded to an alarm at a local business, which sold dresses. Once inside, firefighters found smoke inside and an extinguished fire thanks to a sprinkler system. Fire damage was limited to a small area of merchandise, but the business and a neighboring business suffered water damage estimated at $15,000. There were no injuries. Source: Nexstar...
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The Most Progressive Communities’ Fire Sprinkler Thresholds Rankings

The Most Progressive Communities’ Fire Sprinkler Thresholds Rankings

These Illinois municipalities are the most progressive communities with the following fire sprinkler threshold rankings: City Square Foot List 13D Ordinance List of Towns   110 towns with NFPA 13D (yellow shade in the “City Square Foot List” file) means that this town also protects all new single-family and single-family attached townhomes with residential fire sprinklers. They are among the 110 communities in Illinois that have already followed the recommendations made by FEMA and...
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Five Illinois Towns Adopted Codes That Require Fire Sprinklers in New Single-Family Homes

Wauconda, Palatine, Elk Grove Village, Rock Island, and Lake Forest upgraded their codes or passed ordinances during 2018 requiring fire sprinklers in all new construction homes. That brings the list of towns and districts with NFPA 13D requirement to 110. According to the NFPA, a house fire can become deadly in less than two minutes. With the growing concern for firefighter health, safety and exposure to contaminants that result from fires, these towns are...
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Protect Your Community from Fire and Floods

Protect Your Community from Fire and Floods

Adopt the latest model building and fire codes, which include fire sprinkler requirements for homes and businesses. Removing fire sprinkler sections from the model codes has unintended consequences: WEAKENED ISO RATING and REDUCED FLOOR DAMAGE REIMBURSEMENT. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will not reimburse your citizens at 100% if you adopt a model code with sections of the code deleted. Protect your community from fires and floods. Adopt the latest national code, including the fire sprinkler requirement,...
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Fifty Single-Family Homes Retrofitted with Home Fire Sprinklers When Converted to Student Housing

Fifty Single-Family Homes Retrofitted with Home Fire Sprinklers When Converted to Student Housing

Fifty single-family homes converted to student dwellings, located just off the Lindenwood University’s Belleville, Illinois campus, have been retrofitted with home fire sprinklers. Belleville Fire Department assistant chief, JP Penet, said “the ‘change of use’ from private homes to university-owned student dwellings triggered the installation of fire sprinklers, in order to comply with Illinois’ adoption of the 2000 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. Fire sprinkler system installation followed NFPA 13D, with guidelines specific to...
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Be in the Know: NIFSAB References

Be in the Know: NIFSAB References

Fire sprinklers are the single most effective way to protect occupants and first responders from fires. They are each individually activated by the heat from a fire, preventing flames and toxic smoke from spreading. NIFSAB’s FREE resources can be used as part of your education and outreach, to promote proper inspection, testing and maintenance and answer questions about sprinklers in single-family homes, apartments and high-rise builders.   Fire Sprinkler Testing Website: www.firesprinklertesting.org Regular Fire Sprinkler...
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Fire Sprinkler Prevents Flash from Grease Fire from Spreading in Long Grove Restaurant

A fire sprinkler stopped a fireball caused by a grease fryer in a Long Grove restaurant. The cook was moving the fryer to change the oil when the flash occurred. The cook was burned from the flash fire. Heat from fire activated the sprinkler allowing the cook to escape from the kitchen. The sprinkler prevented the fire from spreading throughout the restaurant. According to Michael Schmitt, fire marshal, Long Grove Fire Prevention Bureau, the...
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Ford City Furniture Store Fire – 20 Fire Sprinklers Saved Building

Chicago, IL (November 23, 2018) – Black Friday Fire at Furniture Store in Ford City Mike Willis a Local 281 Fire Sprinkler fitter said this fire was the “Biggest one I’ve been on. 20 heads fused. 2 separate fire areas. Changed out 20 fire sprinklers tonight to get them back in service. Clean up crew is working hard to move product around and we are coming back to get a better look at the...
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WGN Radio’s Lou Manfredini Interviews Bryan LaRoche from Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

WGN Radio’s Lou Manfredini Interviews Bryan LaRoche from Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

On Saturday, November 17 at 8:35 a.m., Bryan LaRoche, Director of Training with Sprinkler Fitters Union 281, was featured on the Lou Manfredini HouseSmarts Radio Show on WGN 720AM. Listen to the 8-minute interview below.    
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2018 – Thanksgiving Save at Orland Park Patio Restaurant Fire

Two Fire Sprinklers Saved the Patio from Major Damage November 22, 2018 Orland Park – According to the Orland Fire Protection District, early Thanksgiving morning a fire was subdued by two fire sprinklers and then the brave firefighters of the Fire Protection District finished the job.  According to Fire Chief Michael Schofield “The Sprinkler System saved the Patio Restaurant early this morning, 2 heads held the fire in check while Engine 2 extinguished the...
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