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2013 – Issue 7 – Oct/Nov/Dec

Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups During Wintry Weather

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Freezing temperatures have settled into Illinois. Fire prevention bureaus and building departments can save their communities money in repairs and water damage by reminding local residents and businesses to simply check to be sure their fire sprinkler systems are protected for the colder weather temperatures, especially below freezing. The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory...
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Through Fire District Program, Retired Fire Official Retrofits Home with Fire Sprinklers

NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia and Carroll Fire Protection District Chief _______ award Tom Harnsberger a certificate in reocgnition of retrofitting his home with fire sprinklers.

Tom Harnsberger, a retired fire chief and current treasurer for the Carroll Fire Protection District, recently retrofitted his home with a fire sprinkler system thanks to a homeowner incentive program through the fire protection district. The Carroll Fire Protection District set up the incentive program through authorization by Illinois Public Act 095-0800, which allows...
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Fire Sprinkler Advocate Bob Gorvett (Hoffman Estates) Retires

Bob Gorvett

Chief Bob Gorvett retired from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department at the end of June after being involved with the fire department for his entire fire service career of 41 years — three years as a volunteer firefighter followed by 38 years as a full-time member. He served as the fire chief of the...
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Fire Sprinkler Advocate George Michehl (Buffalo Grove) Retires

George Michehl

Deputy Fire Marshal George Michehl retired in August after nine years with the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. Prior to joining the department, Michehl spent over 28 years with the Glenview Fire Department (and Glenbrook Fire Protection District). In addition to educating his local community with educational materials and side-by-side demonstrations, Michehl had been a...
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Illinois Fire Inspectors Recognize EIU for Completing Fire Sprinkler Retrofits in Residence Halls

EIU VP for Business Affairs William Weber (left) and EIU Safety Officer Gary
Hanebrink (center) receive the IFIA's Corporate Award
from IFIA President Joey Jeraminas (right).

At the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association‘s (IFIA) annual luncheon/meeting during Fire Prevention Week, the IFIA awarded Eastern Illinois University (EIU) with a Corporate Award for its proactive completion of fire sprinkler retrofits in the university’s residence halls. The IFIA’s award recognizes emergency personnel, children, young adults, adults and corporations who have greatly enhanced or...
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Builder Installs Fire Sprinklers in His Family’s New Home

The McNaughton Family

When custom homebuilder Bill McNaughton chose to build his family’s new 3,800+-square-foot custom home in Western Springs, it was a “no-brainer” for him to install a fire sprinkler system for peace of mind and the life-safety benefits it provides in case of a fire. He wanted to be sure that his wife, Jennifer, and...
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Campus Fire Coalition Formed; Addresses Fire Safety Issues on Campuses


The nation’s three leading campus fire safety organizations have come together as the Campus Fire Coalition to create a portal to share and promote campus fire safety resources that can help schools and communities in educating students, parents and administrators about the importance of fire safety. These resources, developed by CampusFireSafety.com, Campus Firewatch and...
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Westchester Becomes Fire-Safe Community, Joining 90 Other Illinois Communities with Home Fire Sprinkler Requirements

Westchester Fire Chief James Adams (left), Captain Jeff Lebeda (second from right), NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia (right), and the Westchester Village Board.

In November 2013, the Village of Westchester voted to amend and update its building code, which included a requirement for fire sprinkler systems in new construction single-family homes. With the passage, Westchester is now one of 91 Illinois communities with home fire sprinkler requirements, resulting in safer homes for residents and responding firefighters alike....
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Multiple-Fatality Home Fire Brings Attention to Village of Arlington Heights’ Omission of Home Fire Sprinklers in Building Code

An early morning fire on November 6th, swept through a two-story, single-family home in Arlington Heights killing three adults. Fire officials said that portions of the house collapsed, which made search and rescue difficult. According to the United States Fire Administration, the number of civilian residential fire fatalities in Illinois now totals 84 fatalities...
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Successful Activations (Oct/Nov/Dec 2013 Edition)

Successful Activations (Oct/Nov/Dec 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   A Routine Miracle on 34th Street Macy’s (New York City) With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, a fire at the iconic Macy’s store on 34th Street at Herald Square in New York City would be devastating. The flagship store, with...
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Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board Questions High-Rise Fire Safety Ten Years After Deadly Cook County Administration Building Fire

Ten years have passed since six people died in a high-rise fire that did not have fire sprinklers at the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington, October 17, 2003. The City has since established additional fire- and life-safety measures to prevent future tragedies in commercial high-rise buildings. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler...
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