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2011 – Issue 2 – Summer

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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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Borrow the Two Available Fire Sprinkler Demonstration Trailers

NIFIA Demonstration Trailer

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), in conjunction with the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association and Northern Illinois Fire Inspectors Association, provide two demo trailers for use by Fire Services, Fire Brigades, and Public Information Officials. Sprinkler are provided by donations from the manufacturers. You supply the tow vehicle with a Class III...
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Donated Standpipes Added to Frankfort Training Towers

Frankfort Fire Training Center-Fire Station #3

Thanks to Dynamic Fire Protection and Ferguson Fire and Fabrication, two training towers at the Frankfort Fire Protection District Training Center are now equipped with standpipes. The training center located at 24420 S. LaGrange Road, is used for various levels of training by the Frankfort Fire Protection District, their cadet program and as an...
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Illinois Fire Service Delegation Visits D.C.

Members of the Illinois fire service delegation met with Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition representatives and government officials in Washington, D.C. Left to Right: IFIA Executive Director George Michehl, Buffalo Grove FD; Peg Paul, Peg Paul & Associates; Assistant Executive Director IFCA Pat Kenny; NFPA VP Gary Keith; IFSA President John Schuldt, Carpenterville FD; President of the Board for the Frankfort FPD William Hoffmeister; Chief Grady, Frankfort FPD; Director of the Fire Service Institute Dick Jeahne; IFCA Director Tim Sashko, Munelein FD; Mike Falese, IFCA Director, Bartlett FD; IFCA Director Don Markowski, Addison FD; IFCA President, Ralph Webster, Woodstock FD; and IFCA Director Robert Tinucci, Roselle FD.

Members from the Illinois fire service converged upon Washington, D.C. in April to attend the Congressional Fire Services Institute dinner. While there, Illinois fire service members met and lobbied with key officials to discuss legislation, including the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. Among those officials the Illinois fire service met with were U.S. Senators Dick...
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ISU Fraternity House Fire Highlights Statewide Retrofit Legislation


On April 20, fire ripped through Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house at Illinois State University. All occupants escaped unharmed, however, the house was destroyed and approximately 24 students had to be relocated to on-campus residence halls. The house was not protected with fire sprinklers, however, it was slated to have fire sprinkler installed in...
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Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Receives 2011 Sarbanes Award


The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) received the 2011 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Safety Leadership Award during the 23rd annual Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) dinner in Washington, D.C. in April. Presented jointly by CFSI and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), the Award is named for the retired Senator from Maryland...
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IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger Elected to NFPA Board of Directors


On July 11, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the election of Harold A. Schaitberger to the Board of Directors, which took place during the June Board meeting in Boston. Schaitberger is general president of the 300,000-member International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the largest firefighter and paramedics union in the world. The...
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Village of Alsip Welcomes First Fire Sprinklered Home

Numerous organizations were in attendance at an open house for the first fire sprinklered home in Alsip.

After passing an ordinance requiring the installation of fire sprinkler in all new construction one- and two-family homes, the Village of Alsip is now seeing the results of that ordinance — the first fire sprinkler protected home. The Alsip Fire Department pushed for a residential fire sprinkler ordinance in 2007, recognizing that fire sprinklers...
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Local Fire Departments Display New Home Sprinkler System Exhibits for Visitors

Left to right: Firefighter Bodoni, NIFSAB EXecutive Director Tom Lia, Firefighter Patterson, Deputy Chief Pickar, and Firefighter Rummery show off Alsip Fire Department's new 13D fire sprinkler display.

Countryside Fire Protection District,  Alsip Fire Department and New Lenox Fire Protection District have new permanent fixtures to show off at their fire stations — displays that show a behind-the-walls look at a residential fire sprinkler system that is installed according to NFPA 13D. In addition to showing the different types of fire sprinklers...
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Illinois Congressman Pushing Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act in U.S. Congress

U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) is one of the House sponsors of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, which aims to provide tax credits for small- to medium-sized building owners who would like to protect their buildings with fire sprinklers.

Fire sprinklers provide many life- and property-saving benefits that cannot be denied, however, still many older multi-unit residential and commercial buildings do not have fire sprinkler protection. This largely occurs because jurisdictions that introduce new fire sprinkler requirements often grandfather in older structures that were built before fire sprinklers were required. Although it saves...
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Station Nightclub Fire Survivor Advocates for Phoenix Society at Local Event

Feeney, a burn survivor of the tragic 2003 Station nightclub fire, was the guest speaker at the Illinois Burn Prevention Association golf outing, which raised $15,000 for The Phoenix Society.

In 2003, The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, was the scene of the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in American history, killing 100 people. Pyrotechnics were the cause of the fire that spread throughout the building within a few quick minutes. In addition to the 100 people that died, nearly half of the...
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Successful Activations (Summer 2011 Edition)

Successful Activations (Summer 2011 Edition)

July 2011 World Hyundai Matteson Fire Department A mechanic was draining fuel from a car in the service area of the car dealer when the container overflowed and the fuel found an ignition source. The fire started under the car and quickly grew to activate a single fire sprinkler. The fire sprinkler held the...
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NFPA President Emphasizes Home Fire Sprinklers at Annual Conference


During a speech at this year’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo held in Boston from June 12-15, NFPA President Jim Shannon spoke about the important role NFPA serves as an organization. He explained how the organization has helped bring about changes to codes and standards following fire tragedies and emphasized the...
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New Lenox FPD Performs Side-by-Side for Chamber of Commerce

Dan Turner, fire marshal for the New Lenox Fire Protection District, describes a fire's activity during a live side-by-side demonstration for the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce.

On June 16, the New Lenox Fire Protection District hosted a live side-by-side demonstration* during a New Lenox Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event at the fire protection district’s Station One. Fire Marshal Dan Turner emceed the event, which demonstrated the benefits of fire sprinklered buildings and residential structures to the business community...
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Local Fire Chief to Serve as President of International Association of Fire Chiefs


Effective in August 2012, Hank Clemmensen, current fire chief of the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District, will serve a one-year term as president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), representing nearly 14,000 members. The appointment is part of a four-year commitment that Clemmensen has made to IAFC where he is currently finishing...
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Robert Buhs Receives NFSA’s Wayne Luecht Memorial Award


On June 20, the Illinois Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA-IL) and the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board honored Robert Buhs, executive director of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, with its 11th annual Wayne Luecht Memorial Award. In memory of fallen firefighter Wayne Luecht, fire marshal from the Northbrook Fire Department,...
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Chicago Tribune Notes Success of Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinances in Illinois


In an online article about residential fire sprinklers posted on the Chicago Tribune website on April 21, contributor Michael McClintock specifically highlights Illinois as a top state for residential fire sprinkler ordinances, second only to California. While the article notes that there are over 60 communities in Illinois with such ordinances, Tom Lia, executive...
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NFPA Life Safety Code Now Required by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in State Homes Nationwide


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made the 2009 edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code mandatory in all state homes that receive a per diem for providing nursing care to eligible veterans. The decision will ensure that the facilities are up-to-date with current life safety and fire safety...
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Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Launches Redesigned Website


The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has redesigned its website, www.HomeFireSprinkler.org.  The commercial-free site is targeted primarily to three interest groups: the fire service, consumers and the homebuilding industry. It contains a wide range of information, videos and educational content to help the public understand the value of residential fire sprinkler systems. HFSC...
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Another Successful Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in the Books

Lane Wintermute, field director for the Residential Fire Safety Institute, presents "A Guide to Implementing a Residential Sprinkler Requirement" as the main topic at the Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit.

On June 3, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association (IFIA) and the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) hosted their ninth residential fire sprinkler summit in the last 10 years. This year’s summit was made possible by joining efforts with a FEMA grant-funded class and program from the National Association of State Fire Marshals...
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Hinsdale Fire Department Transforms Home for Fire Sprinkler Demonstration

Paul Valentine, senior engineer for Nexus Engineering, narrates the fire sprinkler demonstration in a Hinsdale home.

On May 17, the Hinsdale Fire Department hosted a public demonstration that displayed the effectiveness of fire sprinklers in battling a staged interior fire in an actual home in Hinsdale. With the vacant house scheduled for demolition to make way for a new house, the new owner of the property, Donald Mershon, offered the...
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