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2012 – Issue 3 – Fall

During National Fire Prevention Week, Live Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations Boost Educational Focus for Many Illinois Fire Departments


From October 7-13, fire departments across Illinois and the nation will host open houses and fire safety events as part of their national Fire Prevention Week (FPW) activities. Education and prevention are essential because nine out of every 10 structure fire deaths occur in the home. That’s according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection...
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November 14-16: IFIA Fall Fire Safety Seminar

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From Wednesday, November 14, through Friday, November 16, 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. On Thursday, Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board...
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Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Supports Home Fire Sprinklers


The national noprofit Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety is “wholly supported by the property (re)insurance industry. IBHS’ mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss. IBHS does this by conducting research and advocating...
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Fire Fatality in Highland Park is Another Tragic Reminder of State’s Necessity for Updated Fire Protection Codes

In the early morning hours of Monday, September 24, a fire ravaged through a home in Highland Park, Illinois, killing one individual. By the time fire crews arrived, the roof had already collapsed and the house was a total loss. The neighboring home showed some signs of damage as well. According to an Illinois...
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Former Long Grove Chief Dave Grupp: A House Without Fire Sprinklers is Defective


In April 1988, the Village of Long Grove became the first jurisdiction to pass a residential fire sprinkler ordinance in Illinois. Prior to adoption, former Long Grove Fire Protection District Fire Chief Dave Grupp and other former fire officials were at the lead educating Village officials about the benefits of fire sprinklers. Twenty-four years...
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President’s Report from 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo


For those that were not able to attend the 2012 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo, below is an excerpt from the president’s report given by NFPA President Jim Shannon. Shannon discusses the benefits of the age of the internet and digital technology, but also notes how it puts NFPA’s code development...
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Aurora Fire Inspector Wolding Retires After 28 Years of Service

Illinois Fire Inspectors Association Executive Director Bob Morris (left) and NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia visited Aurora Fire Inspector Marty Wolding to congratulate him on his retirement.

After 28 years of service to the Aurora Fire Department, Fire Inspector Marty Wolding served his final day in June 2012. Wolding was a strong proponent for fire sprinklers during his tenure. In May 2010, Wolding and Fire Chief Hal Carson successfully drove the efforts to pass a residential fire sprinkler ordinance, which requires...
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Illinois Fire Departments Take Advantage of Home Fire Sprinkler Education Stipends


As part of a grant funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has been awarding $1,000 stipends to fire departments nationwide that are members of its free BUILT FOR LIFE Fire Department (BFLFD) program. The stipends are intended to boost fire department’s home fire sprinkler education efforts...
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Successful Activations (Fall 2012 Edition)

Successful Activations (Fall 2012 Edition)

  Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activation.   September 2012   Roosevelt School Apartments Decatur Fire Department Fire sprinklers contained and extinguished a fire that began in a first-floor apartment unit when food was left cooking on the stove too long. No injuries were reported....
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Former NFSA President: Fix Fire Codes Before Next Deadly Blaze


The following message comes from a “Letter to the Editor” by John Viniello, former president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and was published in The Journal News (New York) on August 31, 2012: Almost four months ago a devastating house fire claimed four lives in Carmel, New York. The home built of lightweight...
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Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Fire in Glen Ellyn Home, Further Validating Village’s Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance


On the night of August 18, a fire sprinkler system in a six-year-old home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, contained and extinguished a kitchen fire before it was able to become destructive and possibly deadly. The fire was caused by a coffee maker that was too close to a gas stovetop, where a boiling pot...
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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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