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Fire-Safe Communities Recognized at Illinois Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

Officials from Elgin, Flossmoor, Gurnee, Homewood, Manhattan Fire Protection District, Pals Heights, and Warren-Waukegan Fire Protection District were recognized at the Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium for passing residential fire sprinkler requirements in their communities.

On March 6, at the Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium in Addison, several communities in Illinois were honored for making themselves fire-safe communities for residents and firefighters alike by passing fire sprinkler ordinances for new construction homes in 2012. They are representative of 88 jurisdictions in Illinois to have such an ordinance.

The following community officials were awarded with a plaque by state fire service organizations, including the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Illinois Fire Inspectors Association, and the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, as well as the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB):

  • Fire code official Ron Sessions (Elgin)
  • Deputy Fire Chief Clint Johnson (Homewood)
  • Fire Commissioner President Phillip DeRuntz (Warren-Waukegan Fire Protection District)
  • Fire Chief Fred Friedl, Fire Marshal Tom Keefe and Fire Inspector Steve Odden (Gurnee)
  • Assistant Chief Keith Damm and Fire Inspector Scott Bugner (Flossmoor)
  • Fire Chief Dan Forsythe, Public Education Coordinator Dawn Cupples and Trustees Bill Moncreif, Larry Goodwin, Bill Weber and Nick Kotchou (Manhattan Fire Protection District)
  • Fire Chief Tim Sarhage and Fire Marshal Joe Schmitt (Palos Heights Fire Protection District on behalf of the City of Palos Heights)

California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover (center) was the keynote speaker at the Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit, which was hosted by Illinois fire service organizations and NIFSAB.

The awards were presented in front of over 230 attendees, which included municipal fire and building department officials from throughout Illinois and representatives from state and national fire organizations.

Attendees to the symposium were able to speak with various fire-related organizations and companies that exhibited at the event.

“Congratulations to all these communities for recognizing the important life-safety protection that fire sprinklers provide in homes,” says Tom Lia, executive director of NIFSAB. “New homes in these communities will now have the ultimate protection for current residents and firefighters and future generations.”

The symposium also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the passage of Village of Long Grove’s home fire sprinkler ordinance, which was the first in the State of Illinois, and has resulted in over 1,500 fire sprinkler-protected homes thus far. Dave Grupp, retired fire chief of the Long Grove Fire Protection District, was the guest of honor at the symposium for his successful efforts to enact the Long Grove ordinance in 1988.

California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover was the keynote speaker at the symposium. She discussed her successful efforts to pass a statewide code in California that requires fire sprinklers in all new construction one- and two-family homes built as of January 1, 2011, in an effort to better protect residents and the firefighters that respond to fires.

Other speakers were present from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, National Association of State Fire Marshals, National Fire Protection Association, National Fire Sprinkler Association, and Underwriters Laboratories.

“The summit was extremely successful because it provided a great forum for various professionals from life-safety organizations, including fire and building officials, fire safety engineers and industry officials to share information and methods in support of residential fire sprinklers and their lifesaving value here in Illinois and across the nation,” says Fire Chief Bob Tinucci, director of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and chairman of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

 

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