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2013 – Issue 2 – February

NASFM Offers Free Guide for Implementation of Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements


The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) and the NASFM Foundation recently announced the release of the 2nd edition of “Bridging the Gap: A Guide to Implementing a Residential Sprinkler Requirement,” which was created through help received from an Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention & Safety Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency....
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Alsip Blood Drives Prove Successful for Illinois Fire Service

Those who helped coordinate or donate to the Alsip blood drive included (left to right):

The Alsip Fire Department, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) and the Illinois Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association recently organized two blood drives in Alsip as part of LifeSource’s “Everyday Heroes” program, which supports area fire departments. Blood drives were held on both January 14 and...
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WGN’s “Around Town” Segment Features Fire Sprinklers

WGN Morning Show "Around Town" host Ana Belaval discusses fire sprinklers with Bartlett FPD Fire Marshal Mike Figolah in 2013.

On January 17, 2013, WGN-TV featured fire sprinklers on the “Around Town” portion of its morning news program. Numerous teasers spot and two full segments were dedicated to teaching the public about the difference between sprinklered and unsprinklered fires through the use of a live side-by-side demonstration and a live fire sprinkler trailer demonstration....
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One Month Is All It Takes for Clarendon Hills Firehouse To Be Retrofitted with Fire Sprinklers

Fire Chief Brian Leahy presents the riser for the newly sprinklered Clarendon Hills firehouse.

When Clarendon Hills Fire Chief Brian Leahy and Fire Prevention Officer David Godek decided it was time to retrofit their fire station with fire sprinklers and set an example of fire safety within the community, they applied for a Fire Act grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help fund the project....
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New Stipends from HFSC Help Fire Departments Educate Future Homebuilders, Architects and the Public about Home Fire Sprinklers


Through funding from a U.S. FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) will offer two new stipend programs to U.S. fire departments looking to increase home fire sprinkler education within their communities. One of the two stipend programs this year is a completely new concept in home fire...
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NFSA President Russ Fleming Visits Illinois Chapter’s Kickoff Meeting

New NFSA President Russ Fleming (center) was in Chicago for the Illinois chapter's meeting in January. Also pictured are NIFSAB Executive Director and NFSA Area Director Gregg Huennekens.

  For many years, John Viniello, former president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), attended the Illinois chapter’s first meeting of each year to hear the chapter’s annual plans and objectives. Viniello has now retired after years of dedicated service defending and progressing fire sprinklers and the industry. He leaves behind a legacy...
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Fire Sprinkler Valve Donation Helps Educate Prairie State College’s Fire Science Students


Students in the Prairie State College (PSC) Fire Science program now will have the opportunity to actually see how a fire sprinkler system works before encountering one in a fire. The hands-on learning opportunity was a project coordinated by the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) that involved a valve donation from Reliable...
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10th Anniversary of Station Nightclub Fire and Status of Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act

Memorials on the site of the Station nightclub fire, which killed 100 people on February 20, 2003.

A Joint Statement from the following organizations: American Fire Sprinkler Association Common Voices Congressional Fire Services Institute Fire Team USA International Association of Arson Investigators International Association of Fire Chiefs International Code Council International Fire Service Training Association International Society of Fire Service Instructors National Association of State Fire Marshals National Fallen Firefighters Foundation...
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Successful Activations (February 2013 Edition)

Successful Activations (February 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   February 2013   Warehouse Des Plaines Fire Department Two fire sprinklers held a fire in check that began in a shelving area in the warehouse, which contains multiple business in on two floors and a basement. Damage was...
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Fire is Everyone’s Fight: USFA Administrator Discusses Importance of Home Fire Sprinklers


Excerpt from Firehouse.com article: Firehouse recently interviewed Ernie Mitchell, administrator of the United States Fire Administration (USFA), to discuss USFA’s current projects. He discussed home fire sprinklers in detail: “Things are going full steam ahead at the USFA these days. While the projects run the gamut, they all have one central theme – enhance...
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NFSA Announces Richard A. Ackley as the 2013 Golden Sprinkler Award

Richard Ackley

From the National Fire Sprinkler Association: Each year the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) Awards Committee reaches out to its membership to identify a leader, one whose lifetime contributions to the fire sprinkler industry warrant special recognition.  That recognition comes with the presentation of the Golden Sprinkler Award, the Association’s highest honor. This year’s...
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Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

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On March 6, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association and Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host an NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium at Medinah Banquets in Addison. In addition to other notable speakers, the keynote speaker will be California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, who helped California pass statewide requirements for home fire sprinklers....
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April 4-6, 2013: NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo


From the National Fire Sprinkler Association: It’ll be here before you know it and our hotel reservations page has gone live, so now’s the time to book your rooms for the 2013 NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo. Caesars Palace is the place to be when the best of the best...
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New Guide Clears Up Confusion About Home Fire Sprinkler Water Supply & Usage


In communities across the U.S. and Canada, a growing number of one- and two-family homes are being built with fire sprinkler systems. But when questions and confusion arise about water supply, they can hamper installations and result in needless costs to homeowners. To answer common questions about sprinkler technology and provide detailed information about...
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Become a Fan of NIFSAB on Facebook


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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