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500 Fire Service Personnel Attend Fire Prevention Week Luncheon

500 Fire Service Personnel Attend Fire Prevention Week Luncheon

On October 9, 2014, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance hosted the 73rd Annual Fire Prevention Week Luncheon to highlight and honor leaders in fire safety and burn prevention in Illinois. More than 500 fire service personnel from around the state attended the event, which coincides with Fire Prevention Week. Various awards were presented to...
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Fire Sprinklers Avert Fire in Chicago’s Historic University Club High-Rise Building

On October 15, a fire in the historic University Club high-rise building in the Chicago Loop neighborhood was controlled by the building’s fire sprinkler system before fire crews arrived on scene. Two fire sprinklers prevented the fire from spreading beyond its area of origin in a second-floor meeting room. “Thanks to the quick response...
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Successful Activations (April-August 2014 Edition)

Successful Activations (April-August 2014 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   June 2014   Grimm Metal Fabricators Lombard Fire Department The fire sprinkler system in the building controlled an early morning fire in the rear portion of the warehouse. No one was in the building at the time. Damage...
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Fire Sprinklers Prove Their Lifesaving Value in Chicago Area High-Rise Fires

On Wednesday, May 7, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in the Spinning Wheel Apartments high-rise building in Hinsdale. The fire occurred on the sixth floor of the 17-story building when a frying pan was left on the stove while the stove was left in the “on” position. According to Tim McElroy,...
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Fire Sprinkler Prevents Significant Damage from Automobile Fire at Chicago High-Rise

Early in the morning on May 8, the Chicago Fire Department reported that a fire sprinkler system in the Esplanade Apartments high-rise at 900 N. Lake Shore Drive activated to contain an automobile fire in a basement parking garage. Smoke was able to reach its way into the high-rise building above due to a...
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Successful Activations (Jan/Feb/March 2014 Edition)

Successful Activations (Jan/Feb/March 2014 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   February 2014   Northside College Prep High School Chicago Fire Department Fire sprinklers extinguished a fiery explosion in a cooking class in the high school, according to Chicago Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. The fire occurred when...
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Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Fire in Chicago High School Cooking Class, Highlighting the Importance of School Fire Safety

On February 19, a fiery explosion occurred during a demonstration in a cooking class at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago. The fire occurred when students ignited a gas burner to heat hot chocolate. According to Chicago Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford, the fire shot up to the ceiling and the school’s...
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Site of Three Fires Since 2007, Chicago High-Rise Opts to Ban Smoking Instead of Installing Fire Sprinklers

Condo owners of the 42-story high-rise at 2626 North Lakeview Avenue in Chicago recently instituted the city’s first full smoking ban in a high-rise condominium building, effective since January 31. The motive for the ban comes from the unsprinklered high-rise’s recent fire history: a double-fatal fire in January 2007, a fire in October 2012,...
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Automobile Fire at Franklin Center High-Rise Suppressed by Fire Sprinkler System

Early morning on January 30, the Chicago Fire Department reported that a fire sprinkler system in the Franklin Center commercial high-rise at 227 W. Monroe suppressed a fire that was caused by an automobile in a lower level parking garage. “Too often we hear about the unsprinklered fires that cause major damage and injuries...
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Record-Low Fire Deaths In Chicago in 2013, But There’s More To Be Done

At a recent Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications news conference, Chicago Fire Department officials cited Chicago’s record-low fire deaths in 2013. They noted that smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and other fire safety improvements, public education and advances in emergency medical service were key factors that minimized fire deaths. The Northern Illinois Fire...
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Successful Activations (Oct/Nov/Dec 2013 Edition)

Successful Activations (Oct/Nov/Dec 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   A Routine Miracle on 34th Street Macy’s (New York City) With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, a fire at the iconic Macy’s store on 34th Street at Herald Square in New York City would be devastating. The flagship store, with...
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Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board Questions High-Rise Fire Safety Ten Years After Deadly Cook County Administration Building Fire

Ten years have passed since six people died in a high-rise fire that did not have fire sprinklers at the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington, October 17, 2003. The City has since established additional fire- and life-safety measures to prevent future tragedies in commercial high-rise buildings. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler...
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Successful Activations (August/September 2013 Edition)

Successful Activations (August/September 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   September 2013   Emeritus at Burr Ridge Tri-State Fire Protection District The fire sprinkler system in the nursing home/assisted living center contained a fire caused by a resident trying to dry clothes in a microwave. Fire crews arrived...
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NIFSAB Concerned About Recent High-Rise Fire Sprinkler Misinformation

Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), is working to get the facts straight about retrofitting fire sprinklers in Chicago high-rise buildings built prior 1975, before fire sprinklers were required. That’s because there is a lot of misinformation about fire sprinkler costs and code compliance currently circulating among...
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June 10-13: NFPA Conference & Expo Coming to Chicago

From June 10-13, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its 2013 Conference & Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago. On Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, will present “Using Live Side-by-Side Burns to Enhance Controlled Training Fires and Educate and...
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Chicago Fire Officials Attend Standpipe Class

On February 27, a mixture of 38 Chicago Fire Department officials and contractors attended a class about NFPA 14, which is the standard for the installation of standpipe and hose systems. John Corso, national training manager for the National Fire Sprinkler Association, was the instructor. “This is a continuation of efforts to improve and...
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Site of Fatal Fire in 2007, Chicago High-Rise Experiences Yet Another Fire, Seriously Injuring One Resident

On March 24, a 52-year-old man was seriously injured in a fire on the 16th floor of the 42-story residential high-rise building at 2626 North Lakeview Avenue. The high-rise is the site of two previous fires — a fatal fire in January 2007 that killed two residents and a fire in October 2012. The...
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Successful Activations (March 2013 Edition)

Successful Activations (March 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   March 2013   Lincoln at River Run Bolingbrook Fire Department One sprinkler controlled a kitchen fire in a single unit of the apartment building. Valley Fire Protection Systems   Nursing Home Chicago Fire Department Fire sprinklers contained and...
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Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

On March 6, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association and Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host an NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium at Medinah Banquets in Addison. In addition to other notable speakers, the keynote speaker will be California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, who helped California pass statewide requirements for home fire sprinklers....
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Fatal Fire on Chicago’s South Side Proves That Thousands of Chicago High-Rise Residents Are Still Not Safe From Fires

The fatal fire on the morning of January 22, 2013, that killed two residents and injured one resident and one firefighter in the unsprinklered 16-story high-rise at 6730 South Shore Drive continues to call into question the effectiveness of the City of Chicago’s 2004 high-rise fire safety ordinance. In addition to not having fire...
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Illinois Fire Service Recognizes Chicago Officials for Daley Center Fire Sprinkler Retrofit

On November 13, the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC), which is headed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as chairman and manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago, received the Excellence in Public Safety Award from the Illinois Fire Services Association (IFSA), an umbrella organization comprised of fire service organizations from across...
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Successful Activations (January 2013 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activation.   November 2012   Edgewater Walk Apartments Tinley Park Fire Department A single sidewall sprinkler in an apartment unit of the 24-unit building extinguished a stovetop fire that was caused by unattended cooking. There was only $2,500 in damages,...
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Fact Sheet: High-Rise Fire at Chicago Housing Authority Apartments on Nov. 21, 2012

On the morning of November 21, 2012, an extra-alarm fire occurred on the ninth floor of Patrick Sullivan Apartments, a Chicago Housing Authority high-rise building for senior citizens on the Near West Side at 1633 West Madison Street. Fire officials believe the fire began in bedding.  At least five people were injured in the...
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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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High-Rise Campaign Hits The Streets

  In an effort to educate occupants and managers/owners of Chicago high-rises about fire safety and their buildings’ compliance with the City’s Life Safety Evaluation (LSE), the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) recently launched a high-rise fire safety education campaign. The campaign leads occupants and building managers/owners to NIFSAB’s www.HighRiseLifeSafety.com website to...
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