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2018 – Issue 3 – Summer

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...
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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...
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Long Grove First Village to Pass a Home Fire Sprinkler Ordinance in Illinois 30 Years Ago

Long Grove First Village to Pass a Home Fire Sprinkler  Ordinance in Illinois 30 Years Ago

When Dave Grupp was fire chief of the Long Grove Fire Protection District 30 years ago, he had a vision; to protect all new homes with automatic home fire sprinklers. Working closely with stakeholders and elected officials, Long Grove was the first village in Illinois to pass a home fire sprinkler ordinance on April...
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NFSA Offers Complimentary Subscriber Membership for Remainder of 2018

NFSA Offers Complimentary Subscriber Membership for Remainder of 2018

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) is offering all code officials a complimentary subscriber membership for the remainder of 2018. NFSA is the premier resource for fire sprinkler training and education. The subscriber membership includes full access to NFSA benefits including a digital copy of “National Fire Sprinkler Magazine;” the ability to search the...
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New Series of ITM Inspection Testing & Maintenance Videos Now Available Online

New Series of ITM Inspection Testing & Maintenance Videos Now Available Online

A series of Inspection Testing & Maintenance (ITM) videos is available for AHJs, members of the fire service and building owners and managers.   The videos cover topics including a description of NFPA 25, a Guide for Building Owners and Managers with basic information about why ITM is vital to building safety. The series also...
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Warrenville Apartment Fire Displaces Residents

Warrenville Apartment Fire Displaces Residents

Warrenville, IL (July 29) —A fire displaced residents and left an apartment building uninhabitable on Sunday, July 29. The Warrenville Fire Protection District were called to the scene after reports of heavy flames and smoke were coming from the first floor of building located at 29 W 542 Country Ridge Drive, Warrenville. The residents...
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It’s Time to Retire Grandfather Clauses

It’s Time to Retire Grandfather Clauses

Orland Park, (July 20, 2018) – The massive, fast-moving fire in Prospect Heights on July 18th that spread to three buildings and left more than 100 families displaced stands as a convincing reminder of the value of fire sprinklers and their important role in today’s codes. The buildings were not protected with fire sprinklers...
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Successful Activations (Summer 2018 Edition)

Successful Activations (Summer 2018 Edition)

August 2018 Sprinklers Extinguish Fire at Chicago Public School CHICAGO, IL (August 18, 2018) – A fire broke out on the third floor of Burley Elementary School located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Upon arrival, the Chicago Fire Department reported the fire alarms were activated, and the school’s sprinkler system extinguished the fire. An initial...
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