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2015 – Issue 2 – Fall/Winter

Politics Ain’t Bean Bags: Utilize Mock Town Meetings for Home Fire Sprinkler Requirements

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  Illinois is a rough-and-tumble political state with Chicago-style politics setting an example for the thousands of other units of government throughout the state. With so many local governments, there is a great variety of elected officials to communicate with and, therefore, an important need to know how to present a fire sprinkler requirement...
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Fire Protection Specialist Jim Schifiliti Retires

Fire Protection Specialist Jim Schifiliti Retires

On October 23, 2015, Fire Safety Consultants Inc. (FSCI) founder Jim “Jimbo” Schifiliti retired. Since founding FSCI in 1983, as a firm of fire protection specialists dedicated to providing the highest quality, code based fire protection plan review services, Jim has been the go-to source for code requirements in the fire protection industry for...
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After Fire Kills 32 Horses, Stables Rebuilt and Protected with Sprinklers

On November 22, 2014, 32 horses were killed in a barn fire at Valley View Acres near Woodstoclk. It was the worst recent barn fire in the area. Now, a year later, the owners have rebuilt the facility, taking extra precautions to make sure a disastrous fire does not occur again. Even though there...
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Residential Floors of John Hancock Center Not Protected With Fire Sprinklers

Fire sprinklers could have prevented a fire from spreading on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center. According to Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), this is one of those situations where you have an iconic Chicago high-rise building that you might think is up...
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NFSA Guide to Existing Antifreeze Systems

NFSA Guide to Existing Antifreeze Systems

The National Fire Sprinkler Association has put together an antifreeze testing guide. This easy-to-follow, one-page guide is ideal for anyone who deals with antifreeze systems.
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Keep Up to Date with Residential Fire Fatalities in Illinois

Keep Up to Date with Residential Fire Fatalities in Illinois

The United States Fire Administration keeps an updated list of residential fire fatalities throughout the U.S. and Illinois that were captured by news sources. Visit the latest Illinois civilian residential fire death statistics. Also, subscribe to the e-newsletter to receive weekly updates.  
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REGISTER: Implementing New ITM Procedures from NFPA 25 (2014 Edition)

REGISTER: Implementing New ITM Procedures from NFPA 25 (2014 Edition)

On Tuesday, November 17, the National Fire Sprinkler Association‘s Jason Webb will host a Tech Tuesday event titled, “Implementing New ITM Procedures from the 2014 Edition of NFPA 25.” Below is a brief description: The 2014 edition of NFPA 25 is currently only adopted by a handful of jurisdictions as the process of updating...
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Successful Activations (Fall/Winter 2015 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   October 2015   The Buckingham High-Rise Chicago Fire Department One fire sprinkler controlled a kitchen fire in a unit of the 22-story, off-campus high-rise for students. Unnamed source   Kroger Bloomington Fire Department The fire sprinkler system put...
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Fire Sprinkler Save at Rockford Apartment Building Proves Value of Fire Sprinklers in Residential Building Codes

Due to the quick response of a fire sprinkler system, no one was hurt in a fire on October 20 at the 10-unit Riverside Apartments building at 3701 Trilling Avenue in Rockford. The sprinkler system allowed residents to safely as escape as it controlled the fire, which began when a resident fell asleep with...
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Thousands Attend Illinois Fire Prevention Month Open Houses & Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations

Thousands Attend Illinois Fire Prevention Month Open Houses & Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations

  During Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10, 2015) and Fire Prevention Month, fire departments throughout Illinois hosted open houses, with many performing live fire sprinkler demonstrations. Thousands of Illinois residents were able to see actual fires in house-like settings, feel the heat, and see the difference fire sprinklers make in controlling or extinguishing fires....
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Clarendon Hills Fire Chief Leahy Receives National Award for Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy

Bringing Safety Home award recipient Chief Brian Leahy (center), along with HFSC Communications Manager Peg Paul (left) and NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia (right).

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition awarded Fire Chief Brian Leahy from the Clarendon Hills  (Illinois) Fire Department with the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award, presented at the Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit on October 13th in Phoenix, Arizona. The award recognizes fire service members and...
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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago City Council Must Encourage Congressional Delegation to Pass Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act to Benefit High-Rises

For the hundreds of high-rises in Chicago that have yet to comply with the city’s Life Safety Evaluation (LSE), help may be on the way from the federal government. Fire sprinklers are one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods to help buildings to pass the LSE and now they could be an even...
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Illinois Fire Service to Set Fires, Creating Awareness for Fire Prevention Month

Although firefighters are often tasked with extinguishing fires, during the month of October members of the Illinois fire service will be starting fires to correspond with national Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10) and Fire Prevention Month. In order to educate the public about the important life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers, numerous Illinois...
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Chicago Apartment Fire Affects Soon-to-Be-Married Couple, Resident Fighting Cancer

On July 24, 2015, a fire occurred at the apartment building at 128 North Campbell in Chicago. It was yet another case of a building that was not protected with fire sprinklers. But what is worse is the story of those affected by the fire. Media was quick to jump on the story of...
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Become a Fan of NIFSAB on Facebook

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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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