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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, Buffallo 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 Durbin and Mark Kirk, and Congressman Joe Walsh, Robert Todd, Bobby Schilling, Adam Kinzinger, and Randy Hultgren.

The fire service was also excited to meet up with representatives of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC). Illinois is among the top two states for most fire departments within the Built For Life Fire Department program. The program is designed to help fire departments improve their fire sprinkler education outreach.

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