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

Use This Link To 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 requirements...
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Successful Activations (Spring Edition 2019)

Successful Activations (Spring Edition 2019)

MARCH 2019 Fire Sprinkler Extinguished Fire In Lake Zurich Townhome LAKE ZURICH, IL (March 6, 2019) – A single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire on the upper floor of a three-story townhome in Lake Zurich.  Bob Kleinheinz, Fire Prevention Specialist with the Lake Zurich Fire Department said, “We had a save last night, I was first in, fire was completely out.” According to a release from the Lake Zurich Fire Department, the first units arrived...
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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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National Fire Sprinkler Association Applauds Plainfield Illinois as It Institutes Grant Program for Installation of Fire Sprinkler Systems in Historic District Businesses

National Fire Sprinkler Association Applauds Plainfield Illinois 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   Sprinkler System Puts Out...
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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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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)

NOVEMBER 2018 Sprinklers save billions of dollars in product from going up in flames CHICAGO, IL (November 23, 2018) —A fire broke out in a large furniture warehouse in the Ford City neighborhood of Chicago during the early hours of Black Friday. Fire crews responded to United Furniture and discovered several couches on fire. The sprinkler system, where 20 heads fused, extinguished the flames, according to officials. More than 50 employees were evacuated but...
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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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