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2011 – Issue 1 – Spring

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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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Cardinal Fitness in Frankfort Will Use Car Wash to Raise Money for Burn Injury Society

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On Sunday, June 26th, from 8am-12pm, the Cardinal Fitness located at 21000 South Frankfort Square Road in Frankfort will be hosting its 2nd Annual Car Wash. All proceeds from the car wash will benefit The Phoenix Society, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury through peer support, education...
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Open House on May 25th: First Sprinklered Home in Alsip

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Come see the first fire sprinkler-protected home in Alsip on Wednesday, May 25th. Download the flyer for more information.
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Register for Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit on June 3

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Register today for the Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit held on Friday, June 3rd, at Medinah Banquets in Addison, Illinois. Registration fee is $20 and must be accompanied by the registration form.
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Municipalities Ring in 2011 with New Fire Sprinkler Requirements

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With a new year comes a new batch of Illinois jurisdictions enacting fire sprinkler requirements designed to increase the life safety of residents, building occupants and firefighters. Currently, seventy-two communities in Illinois have residential fire sprinkler requirements and over 180 communities have adopted stricter standards over the model codes set by the International Code...
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When Des Plaines Schools Are Out For Summer, Fire Sprinklers Are In

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Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62 has deep-rooted history in its buildings. The earliest constructed building, South, was built over three-quarters of a century ago in 1934 during the Great Depression. As the population in the area grew over the next three decades, 10 additional educational facilities were built: Orchard Place, North, Algonquin,...
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Wilmington Fire Protection District Staff Protected by Fire Sprinklers

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Originally constructed in 1990, the firehouse for the Wilmington Fire Protection District was built with a narrow budget. The exterior of the L-shaped building was clad in a metal shell and the interior was completed by the fire district’s membership. Protecting the firehouse with a fire sprinkler system was not even a consideration at...
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Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to Receive the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award

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The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) have selected the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition as the recipient of the 2011 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award. The award will be presented at the 23rd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 7, 2011,...
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Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District Burning Down (Half of) the House

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When most Illinois fire departments choose to do a fire sprinkler demonstration to educate public officials and the community about the devastating effects of fire and the benefits of fire sprinklers, they choose the ever-popular side-by-side demonstration. The demonstration features two eight-by-eight-foot cubes that have been constructed and furnished to look like identical rooms...
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New Guide Helps Jurisdictions Implement Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements

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Fire officials across the country are adopting residential fire sprinkler requirements, but what happens after a jurisdiction adopts a model code or ordinance? Addressing this challenge is the mission of a grant-funded guide and workshops developed by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) and the Residential...
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Amongst U.S. Fire Departments, Illinois Ranks Highest for Fire Sprinkler Education Advocacy

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Fire departments in Illinois are taking their job of extinguishing fires one step further by proactively creating education programs that teach the public about fire prevention and fire suppression with home fire sprinklers being the main focus. Their commitment to advocating home fire sprinklers is in large part due to their participation in the...
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Successful Activations (Spring 2011 Edition)

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March 2011 Columbus Manor Residential Care Home Chicago Fire Department Fire sprinklers kept numerous fires in check until fire crews arrived at the nursing home, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. Arson is suspected with the fires having been set in different locations of the building at the same time. Only one...
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Fire Service Organizations to Host Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in Illinois

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The Illinois Fire Inspectors Association is hosting a Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit on Friday, June 3rd, 2011. The conference will be held in Addison, Illinois, at Medinah Banquets. Speakers from Tyco and the Fire Sprinkler Academy will be in attendance. Registration is $20 per person.
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State Farm Insurance Supports Home Fire Sprinklers on Website

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A new section on State Farm Insurance’s website supports the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems and discusses the company’s involvement with home fire sprinkler education advocates such as the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. View State Farm Insurance’s home fire sprinkler advocacy page.
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Study: Home Fire Sprinklers Offer Environmental Benefits and Reduce Water Infrastructure Demand

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In a new report titled, “Residential Fire Sprinklers – Water Usage and Water Meter Performance Study,” the Fire Protection Research Foundation, which is an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), finds that the amount of water used in fighting fires in homes without fire sprinkler systems can be many times higher than the...
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Wales Becomes First Country to Require Fire Sprinklers in New Homes

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Wales has made history by becoming the first country in the world to require the installation of sprinklers in newly built homes. On February 16, Welsh Assembly Members passed stages 3 & 4 of the domestic fire safety measure that will see sprinklers fitted in houses, flats, care homes and halls of residence throughout...
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Sign Up for IFIA’s 35th Annual Fire & Life Safety Education Conference in April

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The Illinois Fire Inspectors Association is hosting its 35th Annual Fire & Life Safety Education Conference on April 13-15, 2011. The conference will be held in Galena, Illinois, at the scenic Chestnut Mountain Resort. Speakers will be present from the National Fire Academy, Home Safety Council, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), as...
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Win-Bur-Sew Fire Chief Awarded for Military Service

NFSA President John Viniello and NFSA Board of Directors Chairman Gregg Huennekens recognize Chief Martin for his military service. Those also recognizing Chief Martin include David Kelly, Jamie Reap, Ed Kadlec and Cary Nicol.

Many readers of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board’s (NIFSAB) “Fire Sprinkler Times” may remember an article in the Winter 2009 issue announcing Win-Bur-Sew Fire Chief Rob Martin’s call to active duty in Afghanistan. Now, Chief Rob Martin has returned from active duty and received recognition at a National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)...
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Apply for Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Scholarship Competition

Apply by March 15, 2011, to be eligible for the scholarship competition.

Fire service members need to apply through the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association website by March 15 to be eligible.
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NAHB Accredits Online Course on Home Fire Sprinklers

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) now offers credit for completion of an online course on fire sprinkler installations in one- and two-family dwellings. Developed by the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), the course is delivered through AEC Daily, the largest provider of free, online continuing education to construction professionals. HFSC’s course...
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Manhattan Mayor Recognized for Voluntarily Installing Fire Sprinklers

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When an eight-unit apartment building at 210 Morgan Court in Manhattan was destroyed by fire, the property owners were happy to see that the fire alarms helped everyone escape safely, but they wanted to make sure that such an event never occurred again. Owned by Manhattan Mayor William Borgo and Glenn Borgo under the...
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U.S. Fire Administrator Visits Chicagoland Area

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As part of the activities for the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association‘s (IFIA) Fall Safety Seminar in November 2010, Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines was invited as a guest speaker. According to George Michehl, executive director of the IFIA, Gaines addressed his vision for the future of fire prevention at the U.S. Fire Administration,...
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Safe Kids Worldwide and Home Safety Council Take Step Toward Merger

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The Boards of Safe Kids Worldwide and the Home Safety Council have signed a letter of intent (LOI) outlining a proposed merger. When completed, the merger will bring together top experts in public health and safety with a common goal of preventing accidental injuries to children. It will also build on the more than...
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Fire Sprinkler Equipment Donation Benefits Training Program for McHenry County Firefighters

Doug Goostree (left), Department Chair of Fire Science at McHenry County College, and Tom Lia (right), Executive Director of NIFSAB, were both instrumental in coordinating the installation of the pre-action sprinkler valve, which was donated by Viking Supply.

By Ken Foszcz, Assistant Fire Marshal, Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District McHenry County College has recently added a special educational aid that will enhance the teaching of sprinkler system operations to firefighters. The college’s fire science program received a fully operating, pre-action sprinkler valve instructional aid, which was constructed and donated by Sprinkler...
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IAFC Supports Fire Sprinkler Retrofits in Existing High-Rises

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In November 2010, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) – Fire and Life Safety Section passed a position statement titled “Fire Sprinkler Retrofit in Existing High-Rise Buildings.” IAFC’s position advocates for fire safety of condominium/apartment dwellers and business owners in high-rises, as well as responding firefighters. In Illinois, the NFPA Life Safety Code...
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