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Successful Activations (Spring 2016 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   January 2016   Business Naperville Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the building, along with firefighter hoses, helped extinguish a fire in a rear storage room. There were no injuries reported. Naperville Sun   December 2015   Chaddock School Quincy Fire Department Before fire crews arrived on the scene of a mattress fire at the on-campus special...
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Fundraiser: IFSA Casino Night (March 10, 2016)

Fundraiser: IFSA Casino Night (March 10, 2016)

The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s first-ever Casino Night fundraiser will take place on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Cooper’s Hawk in Arlington Heights. Money raised at the inaugural event will be used to support and enhance the organization’s burn survivor support programs, such as Camp “I Am Me,” Family Day, the Young Adult Summit, and World Burn Congress scholarships. To help raise money for the event, please consider becoming a sponsor, donating a gift...
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The Truth About the Dubai Hotel Fire on New Year’s Eve

Submitted by Kelly P. Reynolds, building code consultant from Kelly P. Reynolds & Associates: Regarding the luxury high-rise hotel fire on New Year’s Eve at the Address Downtown Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The exterior fire was to the non-fire-rated (ACP) aluminum composite panels. The Address Downtown Hotel was built in 2006 prior to the adoption 0f the 2012 I-Codes and this combustible material was not prohibited at that time. The hotel has...
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Politics Ain’t Bean Bags: Utilize Mock Town Meetings for Home Fire Sprinkler Requirements

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  Illinois is a rough-and-tumble political state with Chicago-style politics setting an example for the thousands of other units of government throughout the state. With so many local governments, there is a great variety of elected officials to communicate with and, therefore, an important need to know how to present a fire sprinkler requirement or code upgrade to government leaders. To help train our sprinkler advocates, we developed a mock board presentation simulation. What’s...
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Fire Protection Specialist Jim Schifiliti Retires

Fire Protection Specialist Jim Schifiliti Retires

On October 23, 2015, Fire Safety Consultants Inc. (FSCI) founder Jim “Jimbo” Schifiliti retired. Since founding FSCI in 1983, as a firm of fire protection specialists dedicated to providing the highest quality, code based fire protection plan review services, Jim has been the go-to source for code requirements in the fire protection industry for over 40 years. He intends to remain active in the field of fire protection for the foreseeable future, but is...
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After Fire Kills 32 Horses, Stables Rebuilt and Protected with Sprinklers

On November 22, 2014, 32 horses were killed in a barn fire at Valley View Acres near Woodstoclk. It was the worst recent barn fire in the area. Now, a year later, the owners have rebuilt the facility, taking extra precautions to make sure a disastrous fire does not occur again. Even though there are no requirements for sprinkler systems or fire alarms in agricultural structures, the owners chose to install fire sprinklers, smoke...
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Residential Floors of John Hancock Center Not Protected With Fire Sprinklers

Fire sprinklers could have prevented a fire from spreading on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center. According to Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), this is one of those situations where you have an iconic Chicago high-rise building that you might think is up to date with the latest protection from fire, but it’s not. “People are surprised when they find out that the...
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NFSA Guide to Existing Antifreeze Systems

NFSA Guide to Existing Antifreeze Systems

The National Fire Sprinkler Association has put together an antifreeze testing guide. This easy-to-follow, one-page guide is ideal for anyone who deals with antifreeze systems.
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Keep Up to Date with Residential Fire Fatalities in Illinois

Keep Up to Date with Residential Fire Fatalities in Illinois

The United States Fire Administration keeps an updated list of residential fire fatalities throughout the U.S. and Illinois that were captured by news sources. Visit the latest Illinois civilian residential fire death statistics. Also, subscribe to the e-newsletter to receive weekly updates.  
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REGISTER: Implementing New ITM Procedures from NFPA 25 (2014 Edition)

REGISTER: Implementing New ITM Procedures from NFPA 25 (2014 Edition)

On Tuesday, November 17, the National Fire Sprinkler Association‘s Jason Webb will host a Tech Tuesday event titled, “Implementing New ITM Procedures from the 2014 Edition of NFPA 25.” Below is a brief description: The 2014 edition of NFPA 25 is currently only adopted by a handful of jurisdictions as the process of updating codes and standards can take a few years or more. With that in mind you can expect that many states...
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Successful Activations (Fall/Winter 2015 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   October 2015   The Buckingham High-Rise Chicago Fire Department One fire sprinkler controlled a kitchen fire in a unit of the 22-story, off-campus high-rise for students. Unnamed source   Kroger Bloomington Fire Department The fire sprinkler system put out a fire that occurred in the manager’s office of the grocery store before the store opening. The store was...
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Fire Sprinkler Save at Rockford Apartment Building Proves Value of Fire Sprinklers in Residential Building Codes

Due to the quick response of a fire sprinkler system, no one was hurt in a fire on October 20 at the 10-unit Riverside Apartments building at 3701 Trilling Avenue in Rockford. The sprinkler system allowed residents to safely as escape as it controlled the fire, which began when a resident fell asleep with food cooking on a stovetop. This was the second fire sprinkler save this year in the same apartment complex with...
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Thousands Attend Illinois Fire Prevention Month Open Houses & Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations

Thousands Attend Illinois Fire Prevention Month Open Houses & Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations

  During Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10, 2015) and Fire Prevention Month, fire departments throughout Illinois hosted open houses, with many performing live fire sprinkler demonstrations. Thousands of Illinois residents were able to see actual fires in house-like settings, feel the heat, and see the difference fire sprinklers make in controlling or extinguishing fires. On October 3, the Plainfield Fire Protection District performed a side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration during its open house,...
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Clarendon Hills Fire Chief Leahy Receives National Award for Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy

Bringing Safety Home award recipient Chief Brian Leahy (center), along with HFSC Communications Manager Peg Paul (left) and NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia (right).

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition awarded Fire Chief Brian Leahy from the Clarendon Hills  (Illinois) Fire Department with the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award, presented at the Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit on October 13th in Phoenix, Arizona. The award recognizes fire service members and other safety advocates who use HFSC’s home fire sprinkler educational materials and Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources to ensure that decision-makers...
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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago City Council Must Encourage Congressional Delegation to Pass Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act to Benefit High-Rises

For the hundreds of high-rises in Chicago that have yet to comply with the city’s Life Safety Evaluation (LSE), help may be on the way from the federal government. Fire sprinklers are one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods to help buildings to pass the LSE and now they could be an even more beneficial option due to the filing of the 2015 Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA). On September 22, the FSIA...
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Illinois Fire Service to Set Fires, Creating Awareness for Fire Prevention Month

Although firefighters are often tasked with extinguishing fires, during the month of October members of the Illinois fire service will be starting fires to correspond with national Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10) and Fire Prevention Month. In order to educate the public about the important life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers, numerous Illinois fire departments and fire districts will be conducting live fire and sprinkler burn demonstrations with assistance from the nonprofit Northern...
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Chicago Apartment Fire Affects Soon-to-Be-Married Couple, Resident Fighting Cancer

On July 24, 2015, a fire occurred at the apartment building at 128 North Campbell in Chicago. It was yet another case of a building that was not protected with fire sprinklers. But what is worse is the story of those affected by the fire. Media was quick to jump on the story of the couple who were getting married later that day. Fortunately, a fire marshal was able to salvage a doused marriage...
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Register for 75th Annual Fire Prevention Week Luncheon

Register for 75th Annual Fire Prevention Week Luncheon

Hundreds of members from the fire service will be in attendance at the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s 75th annual Fire Prevention Week Luncheon. The 2015 event is scheduled on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge, Illinois. The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition is a presenting sponsor of the event. The Fire Prevention Week Luncheon includes a guest speaker, lunch, and networking opportunities. It also highlights and honors those who have gone...
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Call for Nominations: 2015 “Bringing Safety Home” Award To Recognize Local Residential Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Efforts

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The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative are accepting applications for the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award to recognize outstanding efforts by a safety advocate who diligently promotes the importance of home fire sprinklers. The Bringing Safety Home Award honors members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who use HFSC and Fire Sprinkler Initiative resources as a key component in educating decision-makers on fire sprinklers and urging them...
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Lockport Doesn’t Want to Gamble with Fire Safety

Lockport Doesn’t Want to Gamble with Fire Safety

The city of Lockport now offers a unique grant program to encourage the installation of fire sprinklers and smoke alarms in its historic downtown district. The grants are funded through the city’s video gaming revenues. In the initial phase, the grants will provide property owners up to $20,000 to install fire sprinkler and smoke alarm systems. “To the best of my knowledge, our fire sprinkler and smoke alarm grant program is the first of...
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Successful Activations (Spring/Summer 2015 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   August 2015   Stevenson Hall (Eastern Illinois University) Charleston Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the dormitory quickly doused a fire that began due to the unattended burning of incense in a closet in a fifth-floor room. Following the departure of the fire department, the building was fully open to students except in the room of origin....
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Historic Lombard Chapel Fire Highlights Need for Fire Sprinklers

On August 3, 2015, a fire occurred at Maple Street Chapel, an 1870s-era chapel in Lombard. At one time, the historic church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was home to Lombard’s first village meetings and the village’s first library The fire occurred when a member of the chapel’s preservation society was using a heat gun to dry some wood that had been dampened by a recent rainstorm. No one...
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As School Year Approaches, Fire Groups Host Demonstration and Remind College Students to Check Housing for Fire Sprinklers

As School Year Approaches, Fire Groups Host Demonstration and Remind College Students to Check Housing for Fire Sprinklers

With the school year fast approaching, the Downers Grove Fire Department and nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) recently conducted a fire demonstration in a Midwestern University dormitory to emphasize the importance of fire sprinklers in college housing. The fire sprinkler demonstration was one of many evolutions of fire training completed by the fire department in the soon-to-be demolished, 1960s-era dorm. It simulated the difference between fires in sprinkler-protected and unprotected dorm...
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HFSC Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

HFSC Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) announced that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have joined its all-volunteer Board of Directors. Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of NFFF, and Chief Kevin Quinn, chairman of NVFC, will represent the groups on the Board. “Our Board of Directors is pleased to welcome the NFFF and NVFC to the table,” says HFSC Board President Lorraine Carli. “We look forward...
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Fire Sprinkler System Prevents Significant Damage in Northwest Rockford Apartment Fire

On the afternoon of July 23, 2015, an electrical fire that ignited a mattress in a single apartment unit at Riverside Apartments in northwest Rockford was quickly controlled by the building’s fire sprinkler system. Fire officials say the quick response of the fire sprinkler system prevented major damage and any injuries or fatalities. “The fire sprinkler system performed its task with precision and prevented the fire from spreading to other apartment units and causing...
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