NIFSAB Donates Display to Help Students In Fire Science Technology Program Learn About Residential Fire Sprinklers

NIFSAB Donates Display to Help Students In Fire Science Technology Program Learn About Residential Fire Sprinklers

  ORLAND PARK, IL (July 1, 2019) – The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) donated a residential fire sprinkler display to the Fire Science Technology program at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Students will learn first-hand what a residential fire sprinkler looks like based on an NFPA 13D system for one- and two-family homes. Eric Norlin, Fire Marshal of the Lincolnshire Riverwoods Fire Protection District and one of the instructors...
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Successful Activations (Summer Edition 2019)

Successful Activations (Summer Edition 2019)

JULY 2019 Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Fire in Building of Small Manufacturer BATAVIA, IL (July 11, 2019) – A fire sprinkler system at a small company in Batavia put out a fire before firefighters arrived late Tuesday, July 2, at 11:00 PM. Firefighters responded to a call of a fire at Mat Masters at 1055 Paramount Parkway in Batavia. Upon arrival, the fire crew found that the fire sprinkler system extinguished the fire and the...
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Home for Wounded Veterans Retrofit With Fire Sprinklers Will Be Featured on Designing Spaces

Home for Wounded Veterans Retrofit With Fire Sprinklers Will Be Featured on Designing Spaces

ORLAND PARK, IL (June 3, 2019) – Home fires become deadly in just two minutes or less. Survival depends on being able to escape, literally in seconds. For Noah Currier, a quadriplegic, that’s a terrifying reality. “It takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, into my wheelchair and outside,” he explains. And beyond his personal challenge, Currier’s house is more than a home. He runs weekly clinics out of it for the...
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Illinois Joins Nationwide Effort to Increase Awareness About Home Fire Sprinklers Seven Communities Recognized for Adopting Home Fire Sprinkler Ordinances

Illinois Joins Nationwide Effort to Increase Awareness About Home Fire Sprinklers Seven Communities Recognized for Adopting Home Fire Sprinkler Ordinances

ORLAND PARK, IL (June 3, 2019) – In honor of National Home Fire Sprinkler Week, leaders from the Illinois fire service gathered to recognize seven communities who adopted codes within the last year that require fire sprinklers in all new single-family homes. The towns include Lake Forest, Crestwood, Elk Grove Village, Rock Island, Carol Stream, Wauconda, and Palatine. Representatives from more than 100 other communities who have adopted the model codes also received a...
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WHY DO WE FIGHT?

WHY DO WE FIGHT?

By:  Tom Lia, NIFSAB Executive Director For decades, the fire sprinkler industry has worked closely with the fire service to make buildings safer from fire. That’s our industry’s whole point and it’s a good one. From adopting strong codes that require fire sprinklers in all new construction to implementing inspection, testing and maintenance compliance, we take great pride in what we do and in the ways that our day to day work supports public...
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Illinois Joins Nationwide Efforts To Promote Home Fire Safety Measures

Illinois Joins Nationwide Efforts To Promote Home Fire Safety Measures

ALSIP, IL (May 3, 2019) – The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition is doing its part to educate communities across the state on the life-saving benefit of home fire sprinklers. On May 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m., the coalition is hosting its National Home Fire Sprinkler Day at Alsip Fire Department – Station #2 and Fire Sprinkler Fitters Local #281 UA Training Facility. The Illinois event will be one of more than 50 held across the...
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Leslie Wedge:  Fire Sprinkler Public Educator and Retired Fire Chief Redford Fire Department, Redford, Michigan By:  Tom Lia, NIFSAB Executive Director Through working this job as I have for the last 20 years and after switching careers from the fire service to NIFSAB, I often wondered: is there anyone else out there doing this type of work? Or am I the only one crazy enough?  I am happy to report that I am not as...
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High-Rise Fire On North Lake Shore Drive Leaves 4 Injured and 1 Elderly Woman In Critical Condition – Sprinklers not present

High-Rise Fire On North Lake Shore Drive Leaves 4 Injured and 1 Elderly Woman In Critical Condition – Sprinklers not present

CHICAGO, IL (April 27, 2019) – A fire broke out on the fifth floor at 3318 North Lake Shore Drive, a residential high-rise building, at noon on Saturday. One civilian was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in good condition. An elderly woman was listed in critical condition and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Two Chicago police officers suffered smoke inhalation and were transported to a local hospital in good condition, according to...
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Lake County, IN Homeowner’s Peace of Mind is Restored with a Fire-Sprinklered House

Lake County, IN Homeowner’s Peace of Mind is Restored with a Fire-Sprinklered House

(April 25, 2019) – In Indiana, one of the new state laws signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb in 2018 prohibits state and local lawmakers from requiring fire sprinklers in single-family homes, duplexes, and townhomes (SEA 393). If that sounds counter-intuitive to public safety, know that this high-level opposition to progressive home fire protection codes isn’t restricted to Indiana. Fire safety advocates are dealing with the same thing all across the U.S. With some $517...
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Historic Buildings Should Be Protected With Fire Sprinklers

Historic Buildings Should Be Protected With Fire Sprinklers

ORLAND PARK, IL (April 17, 2019) – One day after the world watched the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and people gasped as the iconic spire fell during the blaze, there was relief that there were no fatalities and news that the cathedral still stands and will be rebuilt. One of the many questions is: how can fires in historic buildings be prevented and how can valuable artifacts be protected?...
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Chief Rob Martin, Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District

Chief Rob Martin, Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District

  By:  Tom Lia, NIFSAB Executive Director During the holiday season, my family and I took a trip to the Wisconsin Dells and passed through Winnebago County, Illinois. I was reminded of our good fire safety friend and patriot Chief Rob Martin of the Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District. Dedicated to his family, his fire district, and his country, Chief Rob Martin is certainly someone I look up to. Rob is one of the esteemed...
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Kankakee Fire Department Uses America’s Favorite Food to Deliver Fire Safety to Adults and Children

Kankakee Fire Department Uses America’s Favorite Food to Deliver Fire Safety to Adults and Children

  Following home fire disasters that took the lives of young children, the Kankakee Fire Department deployed an age-old tactic to improve the likelihood that effective fire safety messages would get into the home – free food. Since 2017, the department has been hosting successful parties featuring America’s favorite food: pizza. Kankakee Fire Captain Mike Casagrande explains how it came to be. “It took us some time to figure out the best path to...
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NIFSAB is Proud to Announce A New Educational & Research Foundation Scholarship in Honor of John Viniello

                  ORLAND PARK, IL (APRIL 2, 2019) – The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) is proud to announce a new IFCA Educational and Research Foundation Scholarship for both Fire Inspector I or Fire Inspector II in the name of John Viniello, former president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). Through the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA) and the IFCA Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Program,...
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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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Ask Your Legislators To Support (S.803) to Allow Businesses To Immediately Deduct the Full Cost of Fire Sprinkler Retrofits

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...
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Successful Activations (Spring Edition 2019)

Successful Activations (Spring Edition 2019)

MAY 2019 A Single Fire Sprinkler Controls Laundry Room Fire at Apartment Building Keeping It From Spreading MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (May 28, 2019) –The Mount Prospect Fire Department responded to an alarm from inside a 70-unit apartment building at 701 Huntington Commons Road around 2:30 p.m. May 28th. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered that a single fire sprinkler controlled the fire that originated in a laundry room on the third floor of the four-story building....
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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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NFSA Applauds Plainfield as It Institutes Grant Program for Installation of Fire Sprinkler Systems in Historic District Businesses

NFSA Applauds Plainfield 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   Fire Sprinkler Controls Apartment...
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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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