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2017 – Issue 1 – Spring

Building Safety Month: Invest in Technology for Safety

Each year, the month of May is recognized as Building Safety Month worldwide. The public awareness campaign, which was founded by the International Code Council, is designed to “help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building...
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Setting An Example: Lemont Fire Protection District Retrofits Stations with Sprinklers

In order to lead by example within the community it serves, the Lemont Fire Protection District is taking on an important initiative inside its own doors. The fire district plans to have fire sprinklers installed in all its fire stations. The newest of the Lemont Fire Protection District’s four fire stations, Fire Station #4,...
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Video: Fire demonstration ignited at Decatur Conference Center

Video: Fire demonstration ignited at Decatur Conference Center

HUEY FREEMAN Herald & Review April 20, 2017 Decatur, Illinois DECATUR – To some of the people witnessing the two fires that were intentionally set in a hotel parking lot, it was a dramatic demonstration of the effectiveness of fire sprinklers. But for David Bartley, a maintenance electrician for the Housing Authority of Champaign...
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Ed Kadlec, Jr, C.L Doucette Retrofits his Wood Dale Home

The city of Wood Dale has had an ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in new construction single-family homes since May 2012. Now, the city also has its first existing home to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers. The home is owned by Ed Kadlec, Jr., president of fire protection contractor C.L. Doucette, and his wife, Penny....
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Are You a Built For Life Fire Department?

Please take advantage of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s free Built For Life Fire Department program, which features FEMA-grant supported educational materials and programs to help your fire department public education efforts. Click photo to get full PDF document.
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March is Almost Done. Have You Started Fire Sprinkler Testing?

March is over now,    time to fully implement your NFPA 25 Water Based Fire Protection Regular Testing Program.  To obtain the latest information on fire sprinkler testing as called out in the ICC and NFPA codes, which refer to NFPA 25 go to www.firesprinklertesting.org  
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Alsip Fire Chief Tom Styczynski Recognized for Fire Safety Advocacy Efforts

On the evening of March 9, Alsip Fire Chief Tom Styczynski received a special recognition award for his continued efforts to save lives and property by educating the public about the benefits of fire sprinkler protection. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) and the Illinois Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler...
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Adopt Latest Codes and Fire Sprinkler Testing Program to Avoid Economically Devastating Fires

  Fires can be economically devastating to your community. Make sure your community is fire-safe with the latest fire and building codes and a well-executed fire sprinkler inspection, testing and maintenance program.  
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Reporter Phil Rogers Investigates High-Rise Fire Safety Compliance

Through his reporting, NBC 5 Chicago Investigative Reporter Phil Rogers has long been an advocate of fire safety in Chicago high-rises. His most recent report on February 15, 2017, follows up on compliance with the city’s high-rise fire safety measures 14 years after the fatal Cook County Administration Building fire. Following that fire, the...
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Implement a Fire Sprinkler Testing Program in the New Year

Are you ready to begin fire sprinkler testing in January 2017. Ensure code and ISO compliance by sending notices to building owners. A third-party inspection company can help you carry out your fire sprinkler testing program.  
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Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Continues to Expand Programs & Support

Many fire-safety-conscious people in Illinois recognize the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) as the organization that runs the annual Camp “I Am Me,” which is a week-long summer camp for burn-injured children. However, the IFSA offers many more programs, education and support in regard to fire safety and burn prevention. In the last few...
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Countryside Fire Protection District Offers Sprinkler Education to Thousands of Students

This article is featured in NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog: Countryside Fire Protection District has supported fire and life safety education since its 1959 inception. Its mission has helped instilled this practice: “The District dedicates its activities to the preservation of human life and the conservation of property. To this end, the District invests...
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New Lenox Fire Protection District Appoints Dan Turner as Deputy Chief

New Lenox Fire Protection District Appoints Dan Turner as Deputy Chief

Article courtesy of a New Lenox Fire Protection District news release: On January 16th, the New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD) held a swearing in ceremony during its Board of Trustees meeting to appoint a new deputy chief and promote a fire inspector to fire marshal. Dan Turner was previously fire marshal in New...
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Successful Activations (Spring 2017 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations. April 2017 Burbank Police Station Burbank Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the police station controlled a small fire in a lower-level locker room and confined it to a couple of lockers. The fire appears to have originated...
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