2019 – Issue 3

Successful Activations (Summer Edition 2019)

Successful Activations (Summer Edition 2019)

JUNE 2019 Fire Sprinklers Saved Menards Store From Blaze MORRIS, IL (June 3, 2019) –The Morris Fire Department responded to a fire at Menards in Morris around 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 2nd. Upon arrival, fire crews found that fire sprinklers contained the blaze until firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. Morris Fire...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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