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2013 – Issue 6 – August/September

November 20-22: IFIA Fall Fire Safety Seminar

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From Wednesday, November 20, through Friday, November 22, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association will host its annual Fall Fire Safety Seminar at Medinah Banquets in Addison. The educational event is intended for fire inspectors, building inspectors, property maintenance inspectors, engineers, architects and all other safety professionals. There will be various presentations about fire sprinklers....
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ALERT: Illinois Fire Service Predicts Severely Heightened Number of Fire Incidents Through October


Officials in the Illinois fire service are predicting a dramatic uptick in intentionally set fires in the state of Illinois through October, stating that the fires will be widespread through dozens of communities. Studies have been able to pinpoint the locations of where the fires will occur and even the dates on which they...
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Palatine Rural Firehouse Now Fully Protected by Fire Sprinklers

Left to right: NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia, United States Alliance Fire Protection's Matt Campbell, Palatine Rural Fire Chief Hank Clemmensen and Deputy Chief Rich May stand in front of the newly fire sprinklered Palatine Rural Fire Protection District firehouse.

When the 14,000-square foot Palatine Rural Fire Protection District’s firehouse was built in 1999, it only featured fire sprinklers in the basement where a training room, workout room and storage area are located. The first floor of the firehouse, which includes a large three-apparatus bay, offices, and sleeping/living quarters for seven personnel, stood unprotected...
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Federal Rule Highlighted After Fire Sprinklers Save Residents at Illinois Nursing Home Fire

A Burr Ridge, Illinois, nursing home fire on September 2, was suppressed by the building’s fire sprinkler system until Tri-State Fire Protection District crews provided final extinguishment, preventing major damage and possible deaths. The successful fire sprinkler activation at Emeritus of Burr Ridge is a model example of why the Centers for Medicare &...
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Fire Sprinkler Valve Donation Arrives in Time for Fall Semester at Joliet Junior College

Duane Stonich (left), coordinator for the Fire Science Technology program at Joliet Junior College, accepts a fire sprinkler valve, which was a donation coordinated by NIFSAB's Tim Lia (right).

Students in the Fire Science Technology program at Joliet Junior College now will be able to see how a fire sprinkler system works thanks to the new arrival of a fire sprinkler valve display for the fall semester. The valve donation was coordinated by the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) and...
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Successful Activations (August/September 2013 Edition)

Successful Activations (August/September 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   September 2013   Emeritus at Burr Ridge Tri-State Fire Protection District The fire sprinkler system in the nursing home/assisted living center contained a fire caused by a resident trying to dry clothes in a microwave. Fire crews arrived...
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HFSC Earns New Federal Grant to Help Increase Home Fire Sprinkler Awareness and Demand


The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has received a fiscal year 2012 federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant through the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Grant will fund HFSC’s ambitious new strategy to battle an age-old problem – lack of information about home fires and the lifesaving...
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Center for Public Safety Excellence Now Accredits Fire Sprinkler Installers


Recognizing the importance of fire sprinklers as a means to significantly reduce deaths and the costs of residential fires, the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Board of Directors approved plans to offer a new accreditation program for installers of residential fire sprinkler systems on June 21, 2013. Modeled on the accreditation model of...
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8 Great Reasons to Install a Home Fire Sprinkler System


Courtesy of State Farm: For more than a century, sprinkler systems have been dousing fires, preventing property damage and helping save lives in offices, factories, schools and other public places. Now they’re a safety feature in many homes. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a fire can grow from a small flame...
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Illinois State Fire Marshal Withdraws Proposed Rules Containing Fire Sprinkler Requirements

On August 2nd, Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis issued a statement regarding the June 28th proposal of the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) to update Illinois’ fire safety code for the first time in more than a decade. The proposed rule to update the current 2000 edition of NFPA 101: Life...
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If you enjoy reading the Fire Sprinkler Times to hear about the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board‘s (NIFSAB) latest news and events, you’ll also enjoy NIFSAB’s Facebook page. Connect with us socially through wall posts and join the conversations about fire sprinklers in Illinois. Also, we are able to post more pictures from...
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