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2013 – Issue 1 – January

A Tale of Two Fires

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Submitted by Terrence Simale, Fire Marshal, Schaumburg Fire Department This is a story of comparisons and contrasts of two similar fires that occurred in Schaumburg in 2012. The fires occurred in two different buildings that were similar in construction (Type I Fire Resistive) and layout. The central core contained the elevator shafts, and the...
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FEMA Grant Helps Funds Fire Sprinkler System for Wheeling’s Last Unprotected Fire Station

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The Wheeling Fire Department and the Village itself have been advocates for fire sprinklers dating back to the 1980s, so it was no surprise when Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac advocated for Fire Station 23, which was built in 1978, to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers. After all, Fire Station 23 was the only one...
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Give Blood on Valentine’s Day to Show Love for the Fire Service

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On February 14, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and the Alsip Fire Department will host a blood drive from 11am-6pm at the Sprinkler Fitters Hall. Support the fire service by giving blood. Sign up for an appointment using Sponsor Code 837E (or you can go before the event...
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Fatal Fire on Chicago’s South Side Proves That Thousands of Chicago High-Rise Residents Are Still Not Safe From Fires

The fatal fire on the morning of January 22, 2013, that killed two residents and injured one resident and one firefighter in the unsprinklered 16-story high-rise at 6730 South Shore Drive continues to call into question the effectiveness of the City of Chicago’s 2004 high-rise fire safety ordinance. In addition to not having fire...
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Tragic Fire in Rockford Highlights Need for Home Fire Sprinklers, Especially for High-Risk Populations

On the morning of January 7, 2013, a tragic fire caused by a Christmas tree swept through a single-family home in Rockford, killing four people: a 10-month-old baby, 13-year-old boy, a special-needs man in his 20s, and a woman in her 60s. Two other family members were able to escape, however, they had to...
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Illinois Fire Service Recognizes Chicago Officials for Daley Center Fire Sprinkler Retrofit

Officials with the Illinois Fire Services Association recognize Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Public Building Commission of Chicago for retrofitting the Daley Center with fire sprinklers.

On November 13, the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC), which is headed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as chairman and manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago, received the Excellence in Public Safety Award from the Illinois Fire Services Association (IFSA), an umbrella organization comprised of fire service organizations from across...
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Rick Marek Completes Presidency with Illinois Fire Inspectors Association

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On December 21, 2012, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association (IFIA) hosted its holiday luncheon and swore in its new Board members, while recognizing Rick Marek for his past two years as president of the organization. Marek came to the IFIA with a successful career already under his belt. Marek joined the Palatine Fire Department...
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April 4-6, 2013: NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo

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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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Why Fire Sprinklers Can Be a Firefighter’s Best Friend

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From NFPA Today and NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative blogs: An offensive fire attack takes on an entirely different character in a building equipped with a properly designed, installed, and maintained sprinkler system, say National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) officials Russ Sanders and Ben Klaene in their column, “The Sprinkler Factor,” in the November/December issue of NFPA...
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Successful Activations (January 2013 Edition)

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Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activation.   November 2012   Edgewater Walk Apartments Tinley Park Fire Department A single sidewall sprinkler in an apartment unit of the 24-unit building extinguished a stovetop fire that was caused by unattended cooking. There was only $2,500 in damages,...
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Fact Sheet: High-Rise Fire at Chicago Housing Authority Apartments on Nov. 21, 2012

On the morning of November 21, 2012, an extra-alarm fire occurred on the ninth floor of Patrick Sullivan Apartments, a Chicago Housing Authority high-rise building for senior citizens on the Near West Side at 1633 West Madison Street. Fire officials believe the fire began in bedding.  At least five people were injured in the...
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Elgin Becomes 83rd Jurisdiction in Illinois to Require Home Fire Sprinklers

On October 23, the City Council of Elgin voted in favor of adopting residential fire sprinkler requirements as part of the City’s code updates. Stemming from a compromise of the International Code Council‘s model 2012 International Residential Code, all new construction one- and two-family homes and townhouses that are to be annexed into Elgin...
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New Guide Clears Up Confusion About Home Fire Sprinkler Water Supply & Usage

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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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Vernon Hills Upgrades Codes to Include Residential Fire Sprinklers, Protecting Both Residents & Firefighters from Fire

Countryside FPD Fire Marshal Mike McNally, who helped educate Vernon Hills officials about home fire sprinklers, stands in the fire station lobby with an educational 13D fire sprinkler display unit.

On October 16, the Village Board in Vernon Hills, Illinois, updated the Village’s fire and building codes to include fire sprinkler protection in new construction one- and two-family homes effective 30 days from adoption. The update, which coincidentally occurred during Fire Prevention Month, makes Vernon Hills the 82nd jurisdiction in Illinois to require home...
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Home Fire Fatality Occurs in Illinois’ Capital City During Fire Prevention Week

“Whenever a fire fatality occurs, it is a sad event, however, it is even more tragic when a home fire fatality occurs during national Fire Prevention Week,” says Tom Lia, executive director for the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB). Lia is referring to an early morning fire that occurred on October...
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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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