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Successful Activations (Summer 2016 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   July 2016   Industrial Building Roselle Fire Department Two sprinklers held a loading dock fire in check that began when the garage door contractor was cutting a metal spring and the molten embers fell into wood storage containers that were filled with packing paper. There was no damage to the structure or its contents other than the three...
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Mobile App Benefits Fire Sprinkler Advocates

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The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition (IFSC) has developed a mobile app to educate the public and elected officials on home fire sprinklers. And the organization would like your feedback. While in its infancy stage, the app is a resource for fire sprinkler information for all sprinkler advocates. You’ll find information about: NFPA 13D Plans and specifications to build your own NFPA 13D simulator display Home fire sprinkler YouTube videos and public service announcements (PSAs)...
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Fire Sprinkler Quickly Controls Garage Fire at Fox Lake Townhome

On May 15, 2016, a fire sprinkler controlled a fire in the garage of a four-unit townhome on Blue Springs Drive in Fox Lake, allowing the residents to escape unharmed. According to Fox Lake Fire Protection District fire officials, the fire sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading to inside the residence and the three other attached units. Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), says this...
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May 14: View Donated Fire Sprinkler System in Manhattan Homes For Our Troops House

May 14: View Donated Fire Sprinkler System in Manhattan Homes For Our Troops House

On Saturday, May 14, at 10:00am, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board will conduct a walkthrough of Captain Anthony Simone’s Manhattan home from Homes for Our Troops, which features a donated fire sprinkler system. Also, a fire sprinkler demonstration will be conducted.  
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Fire Pump Class Reaches More Than 80 Building & Fire Officials

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On April 5, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) presented a class on NFPA 20 (Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection) to more than 80 building and fire officials at Sprinkler Fitter Local Union #281. NFSA consultant Brad Cronin guided participants through the basic operating principles of fire pumps; the components that make up fire pump packages, and the requirements for acceptance testing for fire pumps to ensure...
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CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities

Thanks to Emergency Management Alliance for sending this information: On May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire. The new guidelines apply to hospitals; long-term-care (LTC) facilities; critical access hospitals (CAHs); inpatient hospice facilities; programs for all inclusive care for the elderly (PACE); religious non-medical healthcare institutions (RNHCI); ambulatory...
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Forty-Two Sprinkler Demonstrations in One Day at Ravinia Festival

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Thank you to Colin and Dan from the Wilmette Fire Department for assisting the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board on May 1 with a total of 42 demonstrations in the fire sprinkler demonstration trailer at the Ravinia Festival venue in Highland Park.  
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HFSC Offers $1,500 Stipends for Fire Departments Partnering with Technical/Vocational Schools

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The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is offering three $1,500 stipends for fire departments to create a partnership with instructors and students at a local high school or technical/vocational school (for future homebuilders, residential architects, etc.). The purpose of the partnership will be to carry out a brief home fire sprinkler education program with the students and to host a live fire and sprinkler burn demonstration in 2016. The goal of the stipends...
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Illinois Sees Surge in Youth Fire Victims and Multiple-Fatality Fires in Early 2016

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Less than four months into 2016, Illinois has already experienced five youth fire deaths in residential buildings, only one less than the total for all of 2015. Three of the most recent youth fire deaths occurred in the last week. A one-year-old Crest Hill boy died in an apartment fire on April 16 and two- and four-year-old Kankakee boys died together in an apartment fire on April 13. The fire deaths in Kankakee also...
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NFSA Illinois Chapter Recognizes Palatine Fire Marshal Rick Marek for ITM Enforcement

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  At the March 10th National Fire Sprinkler Association – Illinois Chapter meeting, State Coordinator Bob Tinucci and Inspections, Testing & Maintenance (ITM) Committee Chair Shaun Maher presented Palatine Fire Marshal Rick Marek with a recognition award for his commitment to enforcing the NFPA 25 ITM standard for water-based fire protection systems within his community. “The thing that made Rick Marek stand out from other ITM advocates is that he was proactively enforcing the...
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Fire Sprinkler Saved the Day and the Game at U.S. Cellular Field

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An early morning fire Friday at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago triggered another successful activation of a fire sprinkler system. This fire sprinkler save was the second to have occurred at U.S. Cellular Field since its opening in 1991. Only 12 hours before the season opener for the Chicago White Sox against the Cleveland Indians, a fire was reported in a first-floor storage unit near Gate 2 at the stadium. The fire was out...
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Fire Sprinkler System Protects Residents and Property During Fire at Orland Park Retirement Home Fire

On the morning of April 5, 2016, a fire sprinkler system quickly controlled a fire in the basement maintenance area of Lexington Health Care retirement home in Orland Park. The fire sprinkler system activated as the fire, which was caused by a coffee maker on a shelf, spread to a desk and an adjacent wall. Fire officials said the quick response of the fire sprinkler system saved lives and minimized damage, stating that it...
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Letter to Editor: Double-Fatal Fire in Champaign on Easter Eve

Below is a “letter to the editor” from Tom Harnsberger (retired fire chief and current treasurer for the Carroll Fire Protection District) in response to the Champaign house fire that killed two individuals on the eve of Easter: Grief pours out for the tragic loss of the young lives of Christian Sheehan and Sara Shuler — young lives cut short by the ravages of fire. Friends and family will question why. They will always...
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NFPA 13D Class is Huge Success at SBOC Spring Training Institute

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On March __, 18, 2016, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board presented a full-day seminar on NFPA 13D, “Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 13D,” to approximately 150 attendees at the Suburban Building Officials Conference’s (SBOC) 61st Annual Spring Training Institute. Instructor Bob Upson, M.S.F.P.E., manager of engineering services for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, discussed scope and application of fire sprinkler standards for one- and two-family dwellings and townhomes. At lunch, live fire...
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Retrofitted Fire Sprinkler System Saves Cook County Residential High-Rise in Evanston

Retrofitted Fire Sprinkler System Saves Cook County Residential High-Rise in Evanston

On March 12, 2016, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in an apartment unit on the top floor of the Housing Authority of Cook County’s Perlman Apartments high-rise in Evanston. The tenant, who is wheelchair-bound, and her daughter were both asleep at the time of the fire. An estimated $200,000 was saved due to the quick response of the fire sprinkler. Through guidance from the Evanston Fire Prevention Bureau, the building, which...
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Fire Officer’s Four Steps to Residential Sprinkler Advocacy

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Courtesy of FireRescue1.com: For the safety of their community and crew, fire officers must first become informed and educated about residential fire sprinklers. Next, they must become residential fire sprinkler advocates, following these four steps: Educate firefighters on why residential sprinklers are important for resident and firefighter life safety. Teach firefighters how to manage a fire that’s been extinguished or controlled by a residential sprinkler. Demonstrate a positive attitude towards residential sprinklers in interactions...
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Video: Fire Sprinklers Save Lives in High-Rises

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Have you ever stopped to think about how safe a residential high-rise building would be in the event of a fire? If it doesn’t include fire sprinklers, the answer is simple: it’s not safe enough. Residents of high-rises without fire sprinkler systems are much more likely to die in a fire, and those fortunate enough to escape could still face injury and significant property losses. The National Fire Protection Association reported that from 2007-2011,...
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Save The Date: June 7 – Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Outing

Save The Date: June 7 – Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Outing

Join the Illinois Burn Prevention Association on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, for its 21st Annual Burn Prevention Golf Invitational at an amazing new location, Mistwood Golf Club. Proceeds from the event will support burn camps, burn injury care, and burn injury awareness and support. Early registration is available. Watch for an upcoming mailing or check the website at ILBurnPreventionAssoc.com. For more information, please call (866) 264-3722 or email the IBPA.
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Register: NFSA Annual Seminar (May 3-6)

Register: NFSA Annual Seminar (May 3-6)

The National Fire Sprinkler Association’s 2016 Annual Seminar and Business & Leadership Conference will be held May 3-6, 2016, in Dana Point, California. The event will include national speakers who will provide valuable resources and information. It’s also important to note that capacity is limited, so reserve your spot while there is still availability. Register for the annual seminar (early bird registration has been extended through March 14), check out Sponsorship Opportunities,  and make your...
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Fire Occurs in Unprotected Chicago High-Rise, Site of Fatal Fire in 2012

This morning, a fire occurred on the fourth floor of 3130 North Lake Shore Drive, the same unsprinklered residential high-rise where Shantel McCoy was killed in a 2012 fire. Following the 2012 fire, the Illinois State Fire Marshal cited the building for 19 violations, including not having a fire sprinkler system, which is required by the state’s adoption of the 2000 edition of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code in 2002. Tom Lia, a former...
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Trump Tower Fire Controlled by Fire Sprinkler System, Showing Stark Contrast from Hancock Center Fire in November

According to Chicago Fire Department reports from the morning of February 18, fire sprinklers controlled a fire in a trash compactor on the 50th floor of the Trump Tower, preventing injuries, deaths and any major damage to the building. Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, says the fire sprinkler save is an example of why fire sprinklers are important for life safety and property protection in high-rises....
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Register: March 18th SBOC Class – Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 13D

Register: March 18th SBOC Class – Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 13D

On Friday, March 18, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board is presenting a full-day seminar on NFPA 13D, “Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 13D,” through the Suburban Building Officials Conference’s 61st Annual Spring Training Institute. Instructor Bob Upson, M.S.F.P.E., manager of engineering services for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, will discuss the scope and application of fire sprinkler standards for one- and two-family dwellings and townhomes. Attendees will receive hard copies of the...
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Chicago Tribune Editorial Response: Chicago Life Safety Evaluation Compliance in Residential High-Rises

Responses to Chicago Tribune editorial on Feb. 12: Unfortunately, Chicago has a long history of tragic fires, and the attempt at making high-rise buildings safer has a drawn-out history of its own. Almost 10 years ago, former Mayor Daley and the city council passed a high-rise fire safety ordinance, but there have been no fines for non-compliance. With close to 1,000 buildings affected, those fines could have amounted to several million dollars in revenue...
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NFSA Members Can Vote in the 2016 ICC Group B Codes

From the National Fire Sprinkler Association: The new code development cycle is in full swing. This is a call-to-action to become an International Code Council (ICC) member by March of 2016. The specific deadline in March has not been posted by ICC yet, but do not delay because this is the key fire sprinkler code development cycle for the International Residential Code (IRC), International Fire Code (IFC), and the fire protection chapter in the...
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Riverdale Home Rises From the Ashes of Fatal Fire, Becomes Village’s First Sprinklered Home

Riverdale Home Rises From the Ashes of Fatal Fire, Becomes Village’s First Sprinklered Home

On May 5, 2014, a single-family home in Riverdale, Illinois, suffered an unfortunate fire, which resulted in the fatality of 12-year resident, Dedra Matthews. The fire was less than one block from the firehouse. But the story continues with promise for the future. In the same year, Riverdale officials adopted a national model building code that follows NFPA 13D guidelines for fire sprinklers in all new single-family homes. Fire Chief Robert Scharnhorst proposed the...
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