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2012 – 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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Governor and Legislators View Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations at Illinois State Fair


At the Illinois State Fair in mid-August, Governor Pat Quinn and 25 other State Representatives and Senators visited a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer to witness fire sprinkler activations first-hand. After witnessing the live fire sprinkler demonstration, Governor Quinn stated, “We want fire sprinklers throughout the State of Illinois.” The fire sprinkler demonstrations were conducted...
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Apply Now: $1,000 Stipends Available for Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations or Fire Sprinkler Myth PSAs

A screenshot of one of the HFSC public service announcements that dispels the myth that smoke sets off fire sprinklers.

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition is asking members of its BUILT FOR LIFE Fire Department (BFLFD) program to apply for a handful of $1,000 stipends it has available for side-by-side flashover and sprinkler demonstrations and public service announcements (PSAs). The deadline to apply for both stipends has been extended until August 31, 2012. Only...
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Blue Island Protects Residents & Firefighters with 79th Progressive Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance in Illinois


Officials from the City of Blue Island, Illinois, recently updated the City’s fire and building codes to require fire sprinkler protection in all new construction one- and two-family homes and townhomes effective immediately. The new residential fire sprinkler requirements were adopted as part of the 2012 editions of NFPA 1 Fire Code and the...
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Manteno Takes Advantage of FEMA Grant for Fire Sprinkler Retrofit at Firehouse


Since 1977, the Manteno Community Fire Protection District has proudly served the surrounding communities out of its Station 1 firehouse. When the fire district first closed on the property, which had previously been home to a school for 50 years, it added apparatus bays to make the building operational. Over the years, minor improvements...
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Long-Time Residential Fire Sprinkler Defender, West Dundee Chief Buhrmann Retires


Fire Chief Frank Buhrmann from the West Dundee Fire Department retired late last year after 35 years of fire service. He began his career with the East Dundee Fire Protection District in 1976 as a paid-on-call firefighter and years later was hired by West Dundee in 1984. Within West Dundee Buhrmann was promoted to...
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Sprinklering America: We Can, We Should, and We Must

U.S. Fire Administrator Ernie Mitchell (left) and NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia at the National Fire Academy's first-ever side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration.

In May, the U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Academy (NFA) held the 24th annual Graduate Symposium for the Executive Fire Office Program at the NFA in Emmittsburg, Maryland. This year’s theme for the approximately 180 NFA alumni in attendance was “Sprinklering America: We Can, We Should, and We Must,” providing an emphasis on...
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Palatine Rural FPD’s Clemmensen Installed as IAFC President and Chairman of the Board


At the Fire-Rescue International (FRI) conference in Denver, Colorado, in early August, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) installed Hank Clemmensen, fire chief of the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District since 2001, as IAFC president and chairman of the board for 2012-2013. According to the IAFC: As president and chairman of the board,...
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Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator: Flashover & Residential Fire Sprinklers


In an article from Fire Engineering magazine, “Time Out — Out of Time: Flashover and Residential Sprinklers,” Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn A. Gaines asks the fire service to reconsider the assumption that residents have about five minutes until flashover during house fires. Here’s a brief excerpt: Recently there has been much discussion in...
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Hoffman Estates Chief Gorvett Remains Strong Advocate for Home Fire Sprinklers

Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Robert Gorvett and Fire Inspector Scot Neil

When Fire Chief Robert Gorvett and others from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department first began advocating for residential fire sprinklers within the Village boundaries in 1999, they were met with some opposition. As single-family homes and townhomes were being built on the west side of town, property developers were opposing all proposals for fire...
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Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Protect College Students from Fires by Requiring Fire Sprinklers in Illinois Dormitories

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill that protects college dormitories and students with fire sprinklers.

While September is officially recognized as National Campus Fire Safety Month, many college students in Illinois are already making the move back to their dormitories in August. On August 6, at the Chicago Fire Prevention Bureau, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed HB4757, a bill requiring fire sprinkler protection in on-campus dormitories at public and...
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Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Celebrates New Fire Sprinkler-Protected Office with Open House and Dedication Ceremony


On July 27, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) hosted an open house and official dedication ceremony to commemorate its new fire sprinkler-protected office building in Mount Prospect. Purchased in December 2010, the approximately 6,000-square-foot building houses IFSA and also serves as headquarters for the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association with future plans for other...
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Successful Activations (Summer 2012 Edition)

Successful Activations (Summer 2012 Edition)

  Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activation.   May 2012   Shannon Court Apartments Streamwood Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in a fourth-floor apartment unit extinguished a couch fire that was caused by a candle that was too close to the couch. No one...
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NFPA Officials Receive Fellow Distinction By Institution of Fire Engineers

Gary Keith

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board would like to congratulate National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) officials Gary Keith, vice president of Field Operations and Education, and Russ Sanders, Director of the Central Regional Office for NFPA, for being honored with the grade of “Fellow in the Institution” by the Institution of Fire Engineers...
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State & National Legislators Witness Dramatic Displays of Fire Protection at Illinois Fire Service “Home Day”


In mid-June, over 100 leaders of the Illinois fire service converged upon Wheeling, Illinois, for Illinois Fire Service Home Day, an annual fire service event that showcases emergency response equipment and fire protection efforts. Hosted by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association of Illinois at the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Readiness Center, the...
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Gurnee Passes Progressive Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance


On June 18, officials from the Village of Gurnee passed a residential fire sprinkler ordinance by adopting the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC), which will require fire sprinkler systems in all new one- and two-family homes and townhomes effective immediately. The International Code Council’s IRC began requiring fire sprinklers in the 2009 edition and...
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HFSC Offers Free Online Fire Sprinkler Course for Fire Service


Despite growing interest in home fire sprinkler systems across the U.S. and Canada, unrealistic myths and other inaccurate information about sprinkler technology persist. When questions arise, the local fire service is typically the first point of contact for consumers, homebuilders, public works employees and local officials. If you’re in the line of fire, there’s...
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NFPA Report: High-Rise Fires Cause Quarter Billion Dollars of Property Damage Per Year


According to a new report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2005-2009 there were an average of 15,700 reported structure fires in high-rise buildings per year with an associated $235 million in direct property damage. The report, “High-Rise Building Fires,” cites apartments, hotels, offices and facilities that care for sick as...
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Report Details Home Fire Sprinkler Use in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Compares Fire Experience to Non-Sprinklered Homes


A report that sheds new light on the lifesaving value of installing home fire sprinkler systems has been prepared for the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) by Fire Planning Associates, Inc., a comprehensive preplanning organization in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Bucks County Fire Marshals Association. The group studied life safety...
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