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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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New Study Documents Overwhelming Support of Home Fire Sprinklers by Consumers, Government Officials in States Requiring This Technology

A new study by the Fire Protection Research Foundation highlights positive opinions of home fire sprinklers by homeowners and most government officials in U.S. states required to fire sprinkler new homes. The new report, “Stakeholder Perceptions of Home Fire Sprinklers,” analyzes the opinions of three groups—government officials, homeowners, and water purveyors—following the passage of...
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Mobile App Benefits Fire Sprinkler Advocates

The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition (IFSC) has developed a mobile app to educate the public and elected officials on home fire sprinklers. And the organization would like your feedback. While in its infancy stage, the app is a resource for fire sprinkler information for all sprinkler advocates. You’ll find information about: NFPA 13D Plans...
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Protecting a Veteran with Fire Sprinklers

“When your life is altered completely and normal is no longer a word that applies to you, it can be a totally life-changing incident,” said Air Force Captain Anthony Simone, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a rescue helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. He gave those words during a May ceremony in...
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NFPA 13D Class is Huge Success at SBOC Spring Training Institute

On March __, 18, 2016, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board presented a full-day seminar on NFPA 13D, “Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 13D,” to approximately 150 attendees at the Suburban Building Officials Conference’s (SBOC) 61st Annual Spring Training Institute. Instructor Bob Upson, M.S.F.P.E., manager of engineering services for the National Fire Sprinkler...
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Register: March 18th SBOC Class – Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 13D

Register: March 18th SBOC Class – Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 13D

On Friday, March 18, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board is presenting a full-day seminar on NFPA 13D, “Understanding, Applying & Enforcing NFPA 13D,” through the Suburban Building Officials Conference’s 61st Annual Spring Training Institute. Instructor Bob Upson, M.S.F.P.E., manager of engineering services for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, will discuss the scope...
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Riverdale Home Rises From the Ashes of Fatal Fire, Becomes Village’s First Sprinklered Home

Riverdale Home Rises From the Ashes of Fatal Fire, Becomes Village’s First Sprinklered Home

On May 5, 2014, a single-family home in Riverdale, Illinois, suffered an unfortunate fire, which resulted in the fatality of 12-year resident, Dedra Matthews. The fire was less than one block from the firehouse. But the story continues with promise for the future. In the same year, Riverdale officials adopted a national model building...
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Politics Ain’t Bean Bags: Utilize Mock Town Meetings for Home Fire Sprinkler Requirements

  Illinois is a rough-and-tumble political state with Chicago-style politics setting an example for the thousands of other units of government throughout the state. With so many local governments, there is a great variety of elected officials to communicate with and, therefore, an important need to know how to present a fire sprinkler requirement...
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Clarendon Hills Fire Chief Leahy Receives National Award for Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition awarded Fire Chief Brian Leahy from the Clarendon Hills  (Illinois) Fire Department with the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award, presented at the Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit on October 13th in Phoenix, Arizona. The award recognizes fire service members and...
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Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition Regroups, Hosts Summit at NFPA Conference & Expo

Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition Regroups, Hosts Summit at NFPA Conference & Expo

In 2013, former National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) Regional Manager Bob Kleinheinz and Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) Executive Director Tom Lia joined together with Bob Tinucci, then-chief of the Roselle Fire Department, to establish the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition (IFSC). The group expanded the informal work that previously was being done...
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New Lenox Fire Inspector Builds One of First Sprinklered Homes in Manhattan Fire Protection District

On May 8, firefighters and building and elected officials gathered at 24113 South Clover Court in unincorporated Manhattan to see one of the first fire sprinkler-protected homes in the Manhattan Fire Protection District. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) hosted an open house at the new home of New Lenox Fire...
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Highland Fire Department Spotlights First Fire Sprinkler-Protected Home in Lake County, Indiana

On May 7, firefighters and building and elected officials gathered in Highland, Indiana, to see the first fire sprinkler-protected home in Lake County. The Highland Fire Department and nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) hosted the open house event to educate local officials about the lifesaving value of home fire sprinklers. Attendees...
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Chicago Firefighter Doubles as Homebuilder Who Embraces Fire Sprinklers

One might expect to find Chicago Firefighter Kevin Fitzpatrick fighting fires on the roofs of residences, but he’s also been seen installing fire-treated plywood on the roofs of new homes. As owner of Wilmot Builders, Fitzpatrick recently assisted with the build of a new, sprinkler-protected home for his parents, John and Lynn Fitzpatrick, in...
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Park Ridge Home and Homeowners Saved by Fire Sprinkler System

On the morning of February 21, two fire sprinklers quickly extinguished a flash fire at a single-family home in Park Ridge. According to Park Ridge Fire Marshal Kevin Plach, the home’s fire sprinkler system prevented an estimated $80,000 in property damage. “There were 105 residential fire deaths in Illinois in 2014, and there already...
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Illinois Fire and Building Officials Meet to Strengthen Commitment to Home Fire Sprinkler Protection

Nearly 26 years since the Village of Long Grove enacted fire sprinkler requirements for new construction homes, Illinois now has 92 communities with such requirements. Many of those communities’ officials attended a special meeting at Lewis University’s Oak Brook campus this February. Local fire and building officials discussed their home fire sprinkler requirements and...
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Through Fire District Program, Retired Fire Official Retrofits Home with Fire Sprinklers

Tom Harnsberger, a retired fire chief and current treasurer for the Carroll Fire Protection District, recently retrofitted his home with a fire sprinkler system thanks to a homeowner incentive program through the fire protection district. The Carroll Fire Protection District set up the incentive program through authorization by Illinois Public Act 095-0800, which allows...
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Fire Sprinkler Advocate Bob Gorvett (Hoffman Estates) Retires

Chief Bob Gorvett retired from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department at the end of June after being involved with the fire department for his entire fire service career of 41 years — three years as a volunteer firefighter followed by 38 years as a full-time member. He served as the fire chief of the...
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Builder Installs Fire Sprinklers in His Family’s New Home

When custom homebuilder Bill McNaughton chose to build his family’s new 3,800+-square-foot custom home in Western Springs, it was a “no-brainer” for him to install a fire sprinkler system for peace of mind and the life-safety benefits it provides in case of a fire. He wanted to be sure that his wife, Jennifer, and...
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Westchester Becomes Fire-Safe Community, Joining 90 Other Illinois Communities with Home Fire Sprinkler Requirements

In November 2013, the Village of Westchester voted to amend and update its building code, which included a requirement for fire sprinkler systems in new construction single-family homes. With the passage, Westchester is now one of 91 Illinois communities with home fire sprinkler requirements, resulting in safer homes for residents and responding firefighters alike....
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HFSC Earns New Federal Grant to Help Increase Home Fire Sprinkler Awareness and Demand

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has received a fiscal year 2012 federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant through the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Grant will fund HFSC’s ambitious new strategy to battle an age-old problem – lack of information about home fires and the lifesaving...
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NAHB: Homebuyers Can Afford Higher Priced Homes – Not Fire Sprinklers?

Reposted from the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog: By Maria Figueroa According to an article from Housing Wire, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is convincing buyers that they can afford a higher-priced new home by utilizing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing & Urban...
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Survey: Americans’ Misconceptions about Fire Safety in the Home

A recent nationwide survey conducted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) revealed that 65 percent of Americans feel safer from the dangers of fire at home. Only 10 percent feel safer in a commercial or public building. “This is an alarming misconception,” said Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE’s program manager. “Actually, fires in dwellings...
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NIFSAB’s Tom Lia Honored with NFPA’s “Home Fire Sprinkler Champion” Award

On April 15, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognized Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), with the first-ever “Home Fire Sprinkler Champion” award for his successful home fire sprinkler advocacy efforts in Illinois. Lia was presented the award during the NFPA’s Home Fire Sprinkler Summit in...
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Over Ninety Communities in Illinois Now Have Home Fire Sprinkler Requirements with Additions of Hazel Crest and Niles

The State of Illinois has reached a fire safety milestone with over 90 communities now requiring fire sprinklers in new construction one- and two-family homes. The number now stands at 91 with the villages of Hazel Crest and Niles recently passing home fire sprinkler requirements that will result in safer homes for residents and...
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Fire-Safe Communities Recognized at Illinois Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

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....
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