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2015 – Issue 1 – Spring/Summer

Register for 75th Annual Fire Prevention Week Luncheon

Register for 75th Annual Fire Prevention Week Luncheon

Hundreds of members from the fire service will be in attendance at the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s 75th annual Fire Prevention Week Luncheon. The 2015 event is scheduled on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge, Illinois. The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition is a presenting sponsor of the event. The Fire...
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Call for Nominations: 2015 “Bringing Safety Home” Award To Recognize Local Residential Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Efforts

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative are accepting applications for the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award to recognize outstanding efforts by a safety advocate who diligently promotes the importance of home fire sprinklers. The Bringing Safety Home Award honors members of the fire service and other sprinkler advocates who...
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Lockport Doesn’t Want to Gamble with Fire Safety

Lockport Doesn’t Want to Gamble with Fire Safety

The city of Lockport now offers a unique grant program to encourage the installation of fire sprinklers and smoke alarms in its historic downtown district. The grants are funded through the city’s video gaming revenues. In the initial phase, the grants will provide property owners up to $20,000 to install fire sprinkler and smoke...
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Successful Activations (Spring/Summer 2015 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   August 2015   Stevenson Hall (Eastern Illinois University) Charleston Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the dormitory quickly doused a fire that began due to the unattended burning of incense in a closet in a fifth-floor room....
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Historic Lombard Chapel Fire Highlights Need for Fire Sprinklers

On August 3, 2015, a fire occurred at Maple Street Chapel, an 1870s-era chapel in Lombard. At one time, the historic church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was home to Lombard’s first village meetings and the village’s first library The fire occurred when a member of the chapel’s preservation...
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As School Year Approaches, Fire Groups Host Demonstration and Remind College Students to Check Housing for Fire Sprinklers

As School Year Approaches, Fire Groups Host Demonstration and Remind College Students to Check Housing for Fire Sprinklers

With the school year fast approaching, the Downers Grove Fire Department and nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) recently conducted a fire demonstration in a Midwestern University dormitory to emphasize the importance of fire sprinklers in college housing. The fire sprinkler demonstration was one of many evolutions of fire training completed by...
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HFSC Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

HFSC Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) announced that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have joined its all-volunteer Board of Directors. Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of NFFF, and Chief Kevin Quinn, chairman of NVFC, will represent the groups on the Board. “Our Board of Directors...
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Fire Sprinkler System Prevents Significant Damage in Northwest Rockford Apartment Fire

On the afternoon of July 23, 2015, an electrical fire that ignited a mattress in a single apartment unit at Riverside Apartments in northwest Rockford was quickly controlled by the building’s fire sprinkler system. Fire officials say the quick response of the fire sprinkler system prevented major damage and any injuries or fatalities. “The...
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Smoke Detectors & Sprinkler Systems: Protecting Lives and Property

An article in the July 2015 issue of The Chicagoland Cooperator dicusses the city of Chicago’s 2005 Life Safety Ordinance that requires all high-rises over 80 feet tall built before 1975 to be retrofitted with fire sprinkler systems. The article details buildings’ current compliance with the ordinance and features comments about the importance of...
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Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition Regroups, Hosts Summit at NFPA Conference & Expo

Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition Regroups, Hosts Summit at NFPA Conference & Expo

In 2013, former National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) Regional Manager Bob Kleinheinz and Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) Executive Director Tom Lia joined together with Bob Tinucci, then-chief of the Roselle Fire Department, to establish the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition (IFSC). The group expanded the informal work that previously was being done...
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June 22: Illinois Fire and Building Officials Day at NFPA Conference & Expo

June 22: Illinois Fire and Building Officials Day at NFPA Conference & Expo

On Monday, June 22, at the NFPA Conference & Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host a special event for Illinois fire and building officials. Please click here or on the image to download the PDF flyer and registration form. Be sure to REGISTER SEPARATELY to attend the...
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Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Invitational Celebrates 20 Years; Over $109,500 Raised in 2015

Illinois Burn Prevention Golf Invitational Celebrates 20 Years; Over $109,500 Raised in 2015

More than $109,500 was raised for burn-injury survivors at the Illinois Burn Prevention Association’s (IBPA) 20th Annual Burn Prevention Golf Invitational. One hundred and fifty-two golfers participated in the event on June 2, which was hosted at Willow Crest Golf Club at the Hilton Chicago-Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook. For the milestone...
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President Obama Issues Proclamation Declaring May as Building Safety Month

President Obama Issues Proclamation Declaring May as Building Safety Month

  Each year, the International Code Council designates May as Building Safety Month and promotes weekly themes that encourage building code development and enforcement across the United States. The first week’s theme, “Don’t Get Burned – Build to Code,” directly ties into residential fire sprinklers being in the International Residential Code since its 2009...
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NIFSAB Educates Insurance Agents About Fire Sprinklers

NIFSAB Educates Insurance Agents About Fire Sprinklers

On May 20, 2015, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) participated in a ServPro-hosted event at Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 and the Alsip Fire Department to educate well over 100 local insurance agents about fire sprinklers. In addition to a class that was taught, various fire demonstrations were performed to educate the...
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Following Chief Gaines’ Death, Onieal Named Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator

Following Chief Gaines’ Death, Onieal Named Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator

Dr. Denis Onieal, superintendent of the National Fire Academy for the past 20 years and former acting chief in Jersey City, has been named Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator following the death of Glenn Gaines who died in April 2015 of a heart attack while mowing his lawn. Read more information from Firehouse. NIFSAB remembers Gaines for...
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Itasca Firefighters Host Side-by-Side for Schoolchildren

The Itasca Fire Department hosted a side-by-side demonstration for approximately 150 fifth-grade students on May 8, 2015. The students were able to view the difference between the devastating effects of a fire that turns to flashover versus the quick response and cooling action of a fire sprinkler system. Read the Daily Herald‘s article and...
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Congratulations to New Illinois Fire Inspectors Association Board Members

Congratulations to the new board members of the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association: Mike Toika, Joseph Welter, Ed Dunne, Dan Riordan, Robert Morris, and Mike Schmitt!  
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Home Fire Sprinklers: A Status Update

Four years have passed since the January 1, 2011, effective date established by the International Residential Code (IRC) for newly constructed homes to have fire sprinkler systems, and while adoption of this requirement at the state and local level has trailed initial expectations, measurable progress has been and continues to be made. Two states,...
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Make a Convincing Case for Home Fire Sprinklers

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Berwyn Fire Department’s Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Pays Off in Apartment Building Fire

Berwyn Fire Department’s Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Pays Off in Apartment Building Fire

By Fire Chief Denis O’Halloran and Battalion Chief Mario Manfredini, Berwyn Fire Department A cooperative effort between departments in Berwyn recently kept our residents safe, avoiding a total loss for a property owner and keeping a property on our tax rolls. As a preface to this story, Berwyn does NOT have any locally adopted...
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New Lenox Fire Inspector Builds One of First Sprinklered Homes in Manhattan Fire Protection District

On May 8, firefighters and building and elected officials gathered at 24113 South Clover Court in unincorporated Manhattan to see one of the first fire sprinkler-protected homes in the Manhattan Fire Protection District. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) hosted an open house at the new home of New Lenox Fire...
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Shane Ray Named President of National Fire Sprinkler Association

At the National Fire Sprinkler Association‘s (NFSA) Annual Seminar from April 29 to May 2, the organization officially announced Shane Ray as its new president. He succeeds former NFSA president Russ Fleming. Ray rejoined the organization as executive vice president in mid-July 2014. He had previously been employed by the NFSA from 2006-2010 before...
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Highland Fire Department Spotlights First Fire Sprinkler-Protected Home in Lake County, Indiana

On May 7, firefighters and building and elected officials gathered in Highland, Indiana, to see the first fire sprinkler-protected home in Lake County. The Highland Fire Department and nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) hosted the open house event to educate local officials about the lifesaving value of home fire sprinklers. Attendees...
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Chicago Firefighter Doubles as Homebuilder Who Embraces Fire Sprinklers

One might expect to find Chicago Firefighter Kevin Fitzpatrick fighting fires on the roofs of residences, but he’s also been seen installing fire-treated plywood on the roofs of new homes. As owner of Wilmot Builders, Fitzpatrick recently assisted with the build of a new, sprinkler-protected home for his parents, John and Lynn Fitzpatrick, in...
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Fatal High-Rise Fire Occurred in Building That Passed Chicago’s Life Safety Evaluation

Late Saturday night, a 70-year-old man was killed in a fire at the unsprinklered, 21-story residential high-rise located at 300 South Damen in Chicago. The fire occurred while the man, who was using an oxygen tank, was in bed in his unit on the 11th floor of West Point Plaza. Other residents on the...
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