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2011 – Issue 3 – Fall

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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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Fire Departments Utilizing Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations for Fire Prevention Week Activities


This year, Fire Prevention Week (FPW), runs from Sunday, October 9, to Saturday, October 15. In line with the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) theme for this year’s FPW, “Protect Your Family from Fire,” fire departments across the nation will be visiting schools and hosting events to discuss the dangers of fire and how...
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Local Fire Marshal George Michehl & Fire Chief Hank Clemmensen Shine in National Spotlight at FRI

IAFC First Vice President and Palatine Rural Fire Protection District Fire Chief Hank Clemmensen (left) awards Buffalo Grove Fire Marshal George Michehl with the "Fire & Life Safety Award."

In late August, over 14,000 members of the fire and emergency service converged upon the annual Fire-Rescue International (FRI) show in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the hundreds of exhibits and educational sessions, various awards were announced to recognize outstanding members of the fire service. Local fire marshal from the Buffalo Grove Fire Department...
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Fire Sprinklers Modernize Sisters of St. Joseph Grounds in La Grange Park

Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park recently completed a fire sprinkler retrofit project — three years ahead of schedule.

The Sisters of St. Joseph have called La Grange Park home since the early 1900s and have been in the buildings of what is now called the Congregation of St. Joseph Ministry Center since the 1960s. The complex contains four interconnected buildings: a six-story mixed-use building with offices and residences; a single-story common building...
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HFSC and Local Organizations Donate Fire Sprinklers to Paralyzed Homeowner

Frankfort homeowner Dan Turner (front) received a donated fire sprinkler system for his home. Those involved with the project included (in back, left to right) Jeff Feid, State Farm Insurance; Todd Groskreutz, Quantum Building & Design; Peg Paul, Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition; George "Chip" Pearson, plumber; Barb Jonas, Chicago Backflow; Shaun Maher, Dynamic Fire Protection; Fire Chief Jim Grady, Frankfort Fire Protection District; John Pritchard, BlazeMaster, and Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating (not pictured).

As part of a State Farm-funded grant program, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) donated a residential fire sprinkler system to the residents of a home in the Brookmeadow Estates subdivision in Frankfort, Illinois. Owner of the home and former Wisconsin pipefitter by trade, Dan Turner, is paralyzed from the chest down and...
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Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Earns Grant: $1,000 Stipends Available for Fire Departments


The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is the recipient of a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to underwrite a multifaceted U.S. educational program. The funding will help fire departments increase local activities that improve knowledge of the dangers of home fires and the value of installing home fire sprinkler systems. It will also...
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Campus Fire Safety Month Highlights Fire Sprinkler Retrofits in Illinois

Monmouth College is on track to complete its fire sprinkler retrofit projects at dorms such as Liedman Hall, ahead of the state-mandated 2013 deadline.

The month of September has been recognized as “National Campus Fire Safety Month” since 2005. Colleges and universities across the nation hold educational sessions and demonstrations to inform students what they can do to ensure that they do not become victims of preventable fires. Governors across the nation sign proclamations annually and the U.S....
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Successful Activations (Fall 2011 Edition)

Successful Activations (Fall 2011 Edition)

September 2011 Rockford Supportive Living (High-Rise) Rockford Fire Department Before fire sprinklers even arrived on scene, a fire sprinkler fully extinguished a fire in a second-floor apartment bathroom that was caused by a carelessly discard cigarette. “The only reason it was a small fire was because there was a sprinkler system,” said Fire Investigator...
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Pleasantview FPD’s Tholotowsky Retires After Years of Fire Sprinkler Advocacy


In mid-July, Pleasantview Fire Protection District‘s very own Dan Tholotowsky made his retirement official with other retiring members of the fire department. Tholotowsky’s served a total of 31 years with the fire department, 28 of which were spent as director of the Fire Prevention Bureau. “As fire marshal, Tholotowsky has been a key proponent...
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FireRescue Editor Rallies Fire Service for Home Fire Sprinklers

FireRescue Editor Rallies Fire Service for Home Fire Sprinklers

In the “From the Editor” section of the October issue of FireRescue magazine, Timothy Sendelbach discusses the current state of the national residential fire sprinkler movement. Talking to firefighters, Sendelbach says that “in cases of human error, criminal intent and accidents, the next best form of fire protection (after public education and prevention) is the...
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NFPA 25 Is Enforceable by Local Jurisdictions

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  The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OFSM) released a statement in late July stating that NFPA 25 is enforceable (and should be enforced) by local units of government. Below is the full statement:         RE:  Ability of Local Enforcers to Apply Illinois Administrative Code Requirements with Specific Attention...
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Alsip Promotes Fire Sprinklers at “National Night Out” Event

The Alsip Fire Department's residential fire sprinkler display was exhibited at the Village of Alsip's "National Nigh Out Against Crime" event in early August.

As part of the Village of Alsip’s “National Night Out” events outside City Hall on in early August, the Alsip Fire Department offered the public a variety of ways to learn about residential fire sprinklers. Not only was there a residential fire sprinkler display with hangtags explaining the system and its benefits, but also...
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Harper College Hosts Fire Sprinkler Demonstration for Student Programs

Palatine firefighters begin extinguishing a fire that reached flshover in the unsprinklered unit of a side-by-side hosted by Harper College's Fire Science Technology Department.

A fire that erupts in a home with no sprinkler system can blaze for critical, life-changing minutes, reducing a room to flames and smoke before firefighters can make it to the scene. Sprinklers can extinguish the blaze quickly on their own, often before emergency crews arrive. Harper College’s Fire Science Technology Department, along with...
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The Debate About Residential Fire Sprinklers


Excerpt from the August issue of International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Public Management magazine: “As the decision whether to require residential fire sprinklers reaches state and local governments, passionate arguments are being made by proponents and opponents alike. Encompassed in this emotional debate are data and research—some more reliable than others—along with myths and...
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Keep Fire Sprinkler Education Materials Free by Donating to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition


Since 1996, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has created noncommercial educational resources and programs that educate consumers, homebuilders, local officials, the media and others about the lifesaving benefits of installing home fire sprinklers. HFSC is the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is focused solely on home fire sprinkler education. Who uses...
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“Sprinkler Firewatch” Blog Captures Fire Sprinkler Events Nationwide


The Sprinkler Firewatch blog is live again after about a year-and-a-half hiatus. Supported by the National Fire Sprinkler Association, the Sprinkler Firewatch blog compiles the most recent online news articles that cover fire events throughout the United States and mention fire sprinklers. Maintained by the publisher of Campus Firewatch e-newsletter, Ed Comeau, the blog...
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