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Successful Activations (Fall 2017 Edition)

September 2017   Warehouse Fire – Plano Molding Company Sandwich Fire Department The fire sprinkler system kept a fire in a stack of pallets in check while occupants safely evacuated. The Sandwich Fire Department extinguished the fire in less than 20 minutes. WSPYNews.com FM 107
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ITM Summit Big Success

ITM Summit Big Success

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) and the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association (IFIA) unveiled a new state-of-the-art Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) demonstration trailer at the NFPA 25 Summit in Addison last week. More than 210 attended the event to review the latest information about ITM for water based fire sprinkler systems. They included members of 90 different fire departments and 20 building departments throughout the state. Click here for full Press Release The trailer contains components including...
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NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI) Newsletter Signup

NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative (FSI) Newsletter Signup

NFPA issues a free monthly newsletter on its nationwide effort to increase the use of home fire sprinklers through the adoption of sprinkler requirements. This is especially important for fire service personnel and fire sprinkler advocates. Click to Sign Up for Newsletter
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Successful Activations (Summer 2017 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   July 2017   Apartment Building Spring Valley Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the eight-story Bureau County Housing Authority apartment building put out a third-floor bedroom fire before fire crews arrived on scene. News Tribune   Plastic Manufacturing Plant Libertyville Fire Department A single fire sprinkler controlled a fire that involved a plastic injection molding machine in the manufacturing facility that makes plastic pallets and...
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Deerfield-Bannockburn FPD – Sets Moral Tone with Code Adoption

Deerfield-Bannockburn FPD – Sets Moral Tone with Code Adoption

Trustee Kim Barkemeyer, Phil Bettiker, and Jeffrey Hansen voted May 11th to adopt the 2012 ICC International Fire Code including the provisions for residential fire sprinklers following NFPA 13D for new home construction in unincorporated Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire District. See the full press release from the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition by clicking Here Chief Ian Kazian, and Fire Marshall Brian educated the board on the new code provisions from NFPA, HFSC, FEMA, ISO , and others recommending...
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Naperville Fire Doused with Sprinklers! Lives Saved.

Naperville Fire Doused with Sprinklers! Lives Saved.

On Saturday June 24, 2017, according to the village of Naperville, a fire on the 100 block of Ambassador Drive was extinguished by the Fire Sprinkler system.  Four sprinkler heads were activated and all occupants exited the building safely. The Naperville Fire Department acted quickly and arrived on the scene with 10 pieces of equipment and 24 personnel due to the size of the property involved.  The city of Naperville Reported more details –...
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Updated Information – NFPA 25 Summit July 28, 2017

Updated Information – NFPA 25 Summit July 28, 2017

Updated Flyer – Click Here! New Website http://FireSprinklerTesting.org The Top 10 attendees suggestions prior to the Summit, used to improve the website will receive a mini-toolkit (similar to picture below), every suggestion gets a portable cell phone charger. Email: sprinktoml@aol.com  
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Florida Governor Scott Helps Keep Citizens Safe through Veto of H.B. 653

Florida Governor Scott Helps Keep Citizens Safe through Veto of H.B. 653

It was a good day for Firefighters and citizens interested in keeping sprinklers in building codes. Through his Veto letter, Governor Scott turned back efforts to rescind fire sprinkler protections gained for the people of Florida over the past few years. Click Here to Read Governor Scott’s Veto Letter H.B. 652 would have delayed deadlines and would provide an avenue for condominium residents to vote to opt out of retrofitting their condo’s.  High costs were cited...
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Lake Forest Daycare Avoids Tragedy Thanks to Fire Sprinkler System

On June 21, 2017  the Fire Sprinkler system installed at Dearhaven Day Care prevented a potential tragedy. The daycare, located on 1100 Westmorland Drive in Lake Forest, hosts 140 children, ranging from newborns to toddlers, as well as 37 staff members. Click Here to Read Full Lake Forest Fire Department Press Release A fire broke out in a staff break room adjacent to the infant classrooms. As a sprinkler head activated, all children were...
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Sprinkler Averts Disaster in Vernon Hills

Sprinkler Averts Disaster in Vernon Hills

Sprinkler Controls Fire at Senior Living Facility On Wednesday June 21, 2017, the Countryside Fire Protection District responded to a fire alarm at the Victory Centre Supportive Living facility on Phillip Road in Vernon Hills, Illinois.  The firefighters connected hoses to standpipes on the 5th floor to extinguish embers and ventilated smoke. Several residents will be temporarily relocated from the 5 story building.  At the time of the fire there were approximately 110 residents...
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Building Safety Month: Invest in Technology for Safety

Each year, the month of May is recognized as Building Safety Month worldwide. The public awareness campaign, which was founded by the International Code Council, is designed to “help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.” Each year,...
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Setting An Example: Lemont Fire Protection District Retrofits Stations with Sprinklers

In order to lead by example within the community it serves, the Lemont Fire Protection District is taking on an important initiative inside its own doors. The fire district plans to have fire sprinklers installed in all its fire stations. The newest of the Lemont Fire Protection District’s four fire stations, Fire Station #4, was built with fire sprinklers, but the first three stations did not have fire sprinklers when they were built. That’s...
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Video: Fire demonstration ignited at Decatur Conference Center

Video: Fire demonstration ignited at Decatur Conference Center

HUEY FREEMAN Herald & Review April 20, 2017 Decatur, Illinois DECATUR – To some of the people witnessing the two fires that were intentionally set in a hotel parking lot, it was a dramatic demonstration of the effectiveness of fire sprinklers. But for David Bartley, a maintenance electrician for the Housing Authority of Champaign County, it was much more than that. “In 2005, I lost my house to a fire, an electrical fire in...
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Ed Kadlec, Jr, C.L Doucette Retrofits his Wood Dale Home

The city of Wood Dale has had an ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in new construction single-family homes since May 2012. Now, the city also has its first existing home to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers. The home is owned by Ed Kadlec, Jr., president of fire protection contractor C.L. Doucette, and his wife, Penny. Built in 1989, the two-story home features four bedrooms and a full finished basement. “Being in the fire protection industry,...
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Are You a Built For Life Fire Department?

Please take advantage of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s free Built For Life Fire Department program, which features FEMA-grant supported educational materials and programs to help your fire department public education efforts. Click photo to get full PDF document.
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March is Almost Done. Have You Started Fire Sprinkler Testing?

March is over now,    time to fully implement your NFPA 25 Water Based Fire Protection Regular Testing Program.  To obtain the latest information on fire sprinkler testing as called out in the ICC and NFPA codes, which refer to NFPA 25 go to www.firesprinklertesting.org  
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Alsip Fire Chief Tom Styczynski Recognized for Fire Safety Advocacy Efforts

On the evening of March 9, Alsip Fire Chief Tom Styczynski received a special recognition award for his continued efforts to save lives and property by educating the public about the benefits of fire sprinkler protection. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) and the Illinois Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA-IL) jointly presented the award to Styczynski at the NFSA-IL chapter meeting. “I’m honored to receive this recognition. I...
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Adopt Latest Codes and Fire Sprinkler Testing Program to Avoid Economically Devastating Fires

Adopt Latest Codes and Fire Sprinkler Testing Program to Avoid Economically Devastating Fires

  Fires can be economically devastating to your community. Make sure your community is fire-safe with the latest fire and building codes and a well-executed fire sprinkler inspection, testing and maintenance program.  
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Reporter Phil Rogers Investigates High-Rise Fire Safety Compliance

Through his reporting, NBC 5 Chicago Investigative Reporter Phil Rogers has long been an advocate of fire safety in Chicago high-rises. His most recent report on February 15, 2017, follows up on compliance with the city’s high-rise fire safety measures 14 years after the fatal Cook County Administration Building fire. Following that fire, the city enacted ordinances requiring fire sprinkler and fire safety system installations in both residential and commercial high-rises. The city’s residential...
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Implement a Fire Sprinkler Testing Program in the New Year

Are you ready to begin fire sprinkler testing in January 2017. Ensure code and ISO compliance by sending notices to building owners. A third-party inspection company can help you carry out your fire sprinkler testing program.  
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Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Continues to Expand Programs & Support

Many fire-safety-conscious people in Illinois recognize the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) as the organization that runs the annual Camp “I Am Me,” which is a week-long summer camp for burn-injured children. However, the IFSA offers many more programs, education and support in regard to fire safety and burn prevention. In the last few years, the IFSA has taken big steps in educating the state’s residents about residential fire sprinklers. In addition to the...
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Countryside Fire Protection District Offers Sprinkler Education to Thousands of Students

This article is featured in NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog: Countryside Fire Protection District has supported fire and life safety education since its 1959 inception. Its mission has helped instilled this practice: “The District dedicates its activities to the preservation of human life and the conservation of property. To this end, the District invests its personnel in the education of its public and the maintenance of a safe environment.” Furthering its mission, the district’s fire...
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New Lenox Fire Protection District Appoints Dan Turner as Deputy Chief

New Lenox Fire Protection District Appoints Dan Turner as Deputy Chief

Article courtesy of a New Lenox Fire Protection District news release: On January 16th, the New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD) held a swearing in ceremony during its Board of Trustees meeting to appoint a new deputy chief and promote a fire inspector to fire marshal. Dan Turner was previously fire marshal in New Lenox and was promoted to deputy chief. He has been with the NLFPD for over 10 years, and in the...
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Successful Activations (Spring 2017 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations. April 2017 Burbank Police Station Burbank Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the police station controlled a small fire in a lower-level locker room and confined it to a couple of lockers. The fire appears to have originated near an electrical outlet inside a locker. No injuries were reported and police functions continued without any issues. Chicago Sun-Times...
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Fire Sprinkler Saves Evanston High-Rise Residents, Yet Again, in 2016

On December 20, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire after a stovetop burner was left on and ignited nearby boxes of food in a residence at The Mather, a 10-story senior living facility in Evanston. According to fire officials, no one was injured and over $150,000 in damage was prevented thanks to the quick action of the fire sprinkler. The sprinkler save marks the second time this year that fire sprinklers prevented major...
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