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2013 – Issue 3 – March

June 10-13: NFPA Conference & Expo Coming to Chicago

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From June 10-13, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its 2013 Conference & Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago. On Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, will present “Using Live Side-by-Side Burns to Enhance Controlled Training Fires and Educate and...
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Roselle Fire Department Demonstrates Fire Sprinklers in Home Fire Structure Burn

Damage in the sprinklered room (left) versus the unsprinklerd room (right) in a Roselle home fire sprinkler demonstration.

On March 14, the Roselle Fire Department, with assistance from Bloomingdale Fire Protection District and the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), conducted an educational home fire sprinkler demonstration in a home acquired for structure burns for fire training. Simulated candle fires were set in two rooms of the home, which were similarly...
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Chicago Fire Officials Attend Standpipe Class


On February 27, a mixture of 38 Chicago Fire Department officials and contractors attended a class about NFPA 14, which is the standard for the installation of standpipe and hose systems. John Corso, national training manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, was the instructor. “This is a continuation of efforts to improve and...
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State Farm & Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Promote Fire Sprinklers at Home Show


From March 8-10, State Farm Insurance and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) hosted a booth at the Bloomington-Normal Home Builders Association’s Home Show in Bloomington. During the weekend, homeowners had a chance to have their questions answered about residential fire sprinkler systems and learn how State Farm and HFSC support the installation of...
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Fire-Safe Communities Recognized at Illinois Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

Officials from Elgin, Flossmoor, Gurnee, Homewood, Manhattan Fire Protection District, Pals Heights, and Warren-Waukegan Fire Protection District were recognized for passing residential fire sprinkler requirements in their communities.

On March 6, at the Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium in Addison, several communities in Illinois were honored for making themselves fire-safe communities for residents and firefighters alike by passing fire sprinkler ordinances for new construction homes in 2012. They are representative of 88 jurisdictions in Illinois to have such an ordinance....
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9 Fires Documentary: Telling the Rest of the Story About Campus-Related Fires


The 9 Fires documentary is the story of nine campus-related fires across the nation that happened within a three-week period in January and February 2012. It tells “the rest of the story” of the impact that these fires had on the families, the survivors, the schools and the community. The nine fires include residence...
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Retired Fire Chief Grupp Recognized as Guest of Honor at Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

Retired Fire Chief Dave Grupp accepts his award at the Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium.

On March 6, home fire sprinkler advocate and retired fire chief of the Long Grove Fire Protection District, Dave Grupp, was featured as the guest of honor at the Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium. Twenty-five years ago, Grupp helped the Village of Long Grove pass the first NFPA 13D home fire sprinkler ordinance...
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Site of Fatal Fire in 2007, Chicago High-Rise Experiences Yet Another Fire, Seriously Injuring One Resident

On March 24, a 52-year-old man was seriously injured in a fire on the 16th floor of the 42-story residential high-rise building at 2626 North Lakeview Avenue. The high-rise is the site of two previous fires — a fatal fire in January 2007 that killed two residents and a fire in October 2012. The...
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Successful Activations (March 2013 Edition)

Successful Activations (March 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   March 2013   Lincoln at River Run Bolingbrook Fire Department One sprinkler controlled a kitchen fire in a single unit of the apartment building. Valley Fire Protection Systems   Nursing Home Chicago Fire Department Fire sprinklers contained and...
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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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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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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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