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Woman’s death after jumping from a burning building a tragic reminder that all apartment buildings should be protected with fire sprinklers

Woman’s death after jumping from a burning building a tragic reminder that all apartment buildings should be protected with fire sprinklers

CHICAGO, IL (June 5, 2018) – A 51-year-old woman died after jumping from a front window of a four-story apartment building in Rogers Park earlier this week. Forty people, including a dozen children, lost their homes and all of their belongings. In Chicago, fire sprinklers are required in all high-rise buildings built after 1975. Since this building was four stories, it is not considered a high-rise. According to Chicago code, if it were built...
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Illinois Communities and Retired Fire Chief Recognized during First Ever Home Fire Sprinkler Day

Illinois Communities and Retired Fire Chief Recognized during First Ever Home Fire Sprinkler Day

BARRINGTON, IL (May 19, 2018) – More than 100 Illinois communities that adopted ordinances requiring home fire sprinklers in all new homes were recognized at the first ever Home Fire Sprinkler Day held at the Barrington Countryside Fire station. Dave Grupp, former Long Grove fire chief, also was recognized for passing the first home fire sprinkler ordinance in Illinois in 1988. The Illinois event was one of 50 held across the U.S. and Canada. The...
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Nine Injured in Englewood High Rise Fire Not Protected with Fire Sprinklers

ORLAND PARK, IL (April 19, 2018) – Nine people were seriously injured, including three children and a firefighter, after a fire broke out on the 13th floor of a high-rise building in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The 21-story apartment building was not protected with fire sprinklers. The injured occupants were transported to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The firefighter was treated and released for difficulty breathing. According to 5th District Chief Rosalind Jones, 31...
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A Tale of Two Trump Tower Fires

A Tale of Two Trump Tower Fires

ORLAND PARK, IL  (April 12, 2018) – On February 18, 2016, fire sprinklers controlled a fire in a trash compactor on the 50th floor of the Trump Tower in Chicago. The sprinklers prevented injuries, deaths and major damage to the building and its occupants, as well as, provided protection for responding firefighters. A tragically different outcome occurred April 7, 2018, when a fire on the unsprinklered 50th floor of the Trump Tower in New York...
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Sprinkler Activations (Spring 2018 Edition)

Sprinkler Activations (Spring 2018 Edition)

MAY 2018 Lunch hour fire at a Subway restaurant EVANSTON, IL (May 19, 2018) – A lunch hour fire that resulted in heavy smoke billowing from the front of a Subway brought firefighters to the scene on Saturday afternoon. The Evanston Fire Department arrived at the restaurant, located in a strip mall, to find that an activated sprinkler system had kept the fire in check, allowing all customers and employees to exit safely. The...
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Fire Sprinkler Organization Responds to Inaccurate Information about High Rise Fire Safety Following Fires in Hancock Building

ORLAND PARK, IL (February 23, 2018) – Recent fires in a Chicago high-rise building formerly known as the John Hancock Center, prove that fire detection alone is not safe. Two separate kitchen fires were reported on February 18; one was on the 52nd floor; the other was on the 69th floor. A 32-year-old personal trainer was severely injured. Two years ago, five people were injured when a candle caused a fire in a bedroom...
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Successful Activations (Winter 2018 Edition)

Successful Activations (Winter 2018 Edition)

FEBRUARY 2018 Accidental Kitchen Fire at Caroll Towers apartment building ST. CHARLES, IL (February 22, 2018) – The St. Charles Fire Department responded to a fire that trapped a female occupant in her second floor apartment when combustible materials that were left on the stove caught fire. The sprinkler system inside the building held the fire in check in the kitchen, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in 15 minutes and rescue...
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ABC Chicago 7 I-Team Report: Fires at Iconic Mag Mile Tower Point to Sprinkler Concern

http:// Chicago, IL (ABC Chicago 7 News) – (February 20, 2018) – A few days after the name of the John Hancock Center was changed, an old concern has surfaced: lack of fire sprinklers in the residential portion of the skyscraper. The I-Team has learned that fires broke out in two different apartments on Sunday at the 875 N. Michigan Ave. building. The separate fires were in units on distant floors, hours apart. A...
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Residential Floors of John Hancock Center Not Protected with Fire Sprinklers

ORLAND PARK, IL (February 18, 2018) – A fire on the 52nd floor of the former John Hancock Center seriously injured a man early Sunday morning. The unit was not protected with a fire sprinkler system. While the commercial floors have fire sprinklers, the residential units from the 44th to the 92nd floor do not have fire sprinklers. According to Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB),...
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Rock Island Fire Department Explains Importance of New Fire Sprinkler Mandate In Residential Homes

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – February 14, 2018 – Since 2009, the international fire code has called for fire sprinkler systems in newly constructed residential homes. Watch KWQC-TV6 News Segment:  http://www.kwqc.com/content/news/Rock-Island-fire-department-explains-importance-of-new-fire-sprinkler-mandate-in-residential-homes–474109133.html   Cities can make changes to the code before adopting it to their jurisdiction. In November, the city of Rock Island adopted the code in its entirety. Effective January 1st, newly constructed residential homes are required to have a sprinkler system. “We feel like sprinklers...
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Rock Island Fire Chief Breaks Down Changes To City’s Fire Code

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. –  February 8, 2018 – Rock Island recently adopted new fire and building codes back in November. The update requires all new homes to have automatic sprinkler systems. Rock Island Fire Chief Jeff Yerkey joined Local 4 News to explain why the change was made. He says studies show 77% of all structure fires occur in residential properties, and 80% of all fire-related deaths occur in residential structure fires. To hear more on...
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New Website and Video Provide Important Information about Inspecting, Testing and Maintaining Fire Sprinkler Systems in Various Buildings

ORLAND PARK, IL (January 17, 2018) – The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) has released FireSprinklerTesting.org, a new website that provides important information about inspecting, testing and maintaining (ITM) fire sprinkler systems in various types of buildings. A new companion video is featured on the website. According to Tom Lia, NIFSAB executive director, fire sprinklers provide the greatest protection from fire for occupants, contents and the building itself. Proper ITM is vital...
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Fire sprinklers save Winnetka Community House fitness center

On December 28, Fire sprinklers kept a fire from spreading at the Winnetka Community House fitness center. The incident was caused when towels in a dryer caught fire. The blaze was contained in the laundry room and fitness center area, largely thanks to the building’s sprinkler system. “The sprinklers kind of held it in check until we got there,” said Winnetka Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky. “The system did its job, which I think was...
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NFSA Applauds Policy Makers for Including Fire Sprinkler Incentives in Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2017  — The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) praised sponsors and co-sponsors for their consistent leadership over the years that ensured fire sprinklers were included in the tax reform legislation passed by the House and Senate yesterday. The Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act has been pushed for years. Fire protection has now been included and overall fire and life safety systems have joined other tax incentives such as roofing, HVAC and security alarm...
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Six Family Members Dead in Late Night Lost Nation House Fire – A Tragic Example of Rural Fire Risk

A fast-moving house fire struck the rural community of Lost Nation, near Dixon, overnight, killing six family members including four children and several pets. According to the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, one of the residents of the home called 9-1-1 just after midnight, reporting smoke in the basement. Eight fire departments from the surrounding area responded, finding the home fully engulfed in flames upon arrival. The cause of the fire is under investigation. “Rural...
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Video Footage Shows Dramatic Difference Between a Living Room Fire With and Without A Home Fire Sprinkler

Video Footage Shows Dramatic Difference Between a Living Room Fire With and Without A Home Fire Sprinkler

NIFSAB assisted the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition with a video shoot demonstrating the difference between a living room fire with and without home fire sprinklers. Working with Chief Joe Falaschetti and the Beecher (IL) Fire Department, a home slated for demolition was identified. Two sets of furniture, carpet, drapes and home decorations were used. Tom Lia, NIFSAB Executive Director worked with HFSC to determine the room set up, oversee the installation of the home...
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Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Fire in Senior Living Community

The Country Club Hills Fire Department responded to an alarm at Victory Centre, a senior living community, October 24, 10:40 a.m. Firefighters observed water running under a door. Two sprinklers activated and contained a fire in a chair and six packages of paper towel that were near a floor heater. According to training officer Jeff Cook, this is an example of how efficient the sprinklers did their job and extinguished the fire. He said...
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WGN’s Ana Belaval Features Fire and Sprinkler Burn Demonstration

WGN’s Ana Belaval Features Fire and Sprinkler Burn Demonstration

Fire Safety Advocate Sher Grogg Discussed How Fire Sprinklers Could Have Saved Her Brother and Family Common Voices, a national fire safety advocacy organization, teamed up with the Alsip Fire Department and NIFSAB to conduct a fire and sprinkler demonstration for WGN’s Ana Belaval for Fire Prevention Week. During WGN’s Morning News program, Belaval was live at the Alsip fire station where the side-by-side demonstration was set up. While the fire quickly grew in...
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Fire Sprinklers Save Home and Family Pet

When firefighters with the Countryside Fire Protection District arrived on the scene at a single-family home in Long Grove, Illinois, on September 22, the fire inside the home was controlled by the home’s fire sprinkler system. The fire originated on the outside back of the three-story house. The flames traveled up the vinyl siding and entered the home through a first-floor window, into the great room. Heat from the fire activated two sprinklers and...
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Fire Departments Set Fires To Teach About Fire Prevention

Fire Departments Set Fires To Teach About Fire Prevention

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) is assisting local fire departments to conduct live burn demonstrations to educate the public about how quickly fires can become deadly and the important life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. The demonstrations provide a side-by-side-comparison with two similarly furnished rooms — one with a fire sprinkler installed in the room. Audiences will be able to feel the extreme heat and view the quick growth of...
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Successful Activations (Fall 2017 Edition)

DECEMBER 2017 Fire at Right Pointe Company in DeKalb DEKALB, IL (December 20, 2017) – The DeKalb Fire Department arrived to extinguish a fire on December 20, 2017 after reports of heavy black smoke pouring out of a manufacturing plant were received. DeKalb Fire Captain Luke Howieson reported that “the fire was under control within 10 minutes” after the building’s sprinkler system was activated. Firefighters were able to extinguish the rest with fire extinguishers....
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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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