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Are You a Built For Life Fire Department?

Please take advantage of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s free Built For Life Fire Department program, which features FEMA-grant supported educational materials and programs to help your fire department public education efforts. Click photo to get full PDF document.
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Letter to Editor: Double-Fatal Fire in Champaign on Easter Eve

Below is a “letter to the editor” from Tom Harnsberger (retired fire chief and current treasurer for the Carroll Fire Protection District) in response to the Champaign house fire that killed two individuals on the eve of Easter: Grief pours out for the tragic loss of the young lives of Christian Sheehan and Sara...
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Chicago Tribune Editorial Response: Chicago Life Safety Evaluation Compliance in Residential High-Rises

Responses to Chicago Tribune editorial on Feb. 12: Unfortunately, Chicago has a long history of tragic fires, and the attempt at making high-rise buildings safer has a drawn-out history of its own. Almost 10 years ago, former Mayor Daley and the city council passed a high-rise fire safety ordinance, but there have been no...
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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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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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Home Fire Sprinklers: Ask for Them!

When a new home is built in an area where codes do not require fire sprinklers to be installed, and the homebuilder does not offer sprinklers as an option, many homebuyers are not aware that they can ask for fire sprinklers. Every time a new home is built without fire sprinklers, generations of families...
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Palatine Rural Firehouse Now Fully Protected by Fire Sprinklers

When the 14,000-square foot Palatine Rural Fire Protection District’s firehouse was built in 1999, it only featured fire sprinklers in the basement where a training room, workout room and storage area are located. The first floor of the firehouse, which includes a large three-apparatus bay, offices, and sleeping/living quarters for seven personnel, stood unprotected...
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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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8 Great Reasons to Install a Home Fire Sprinkler System

Courtesy of State Farm: For more than a century, sprinkler systems have been dousing fires, preventing property damage and helping save lives in offices, factories, schools and other public places. Now they’re a safety feature in many homes. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a fire can grow from a small flame...
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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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NASFM Offers Free Guide for Implementation of Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) and the NASFM Foundation recently announced the release of the 2nd edition of “Bridging the Gap: A Guide to Implementing a Residential Sprinkler Requirement,” which was created through help received from an Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention & Safety Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency....
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One Month Is All It Takes for Clarendon Hills Firehouse To Be Retrofitted with Fire Sprinklers

When Clarendon Hills Fire Chief Brian Leahy and Fire Prevention Officer David Godek decided it was time to retrofit their fire station with fire sprinklers and set an example of fire safety within the community, they applied for a Fire Act grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help fund the project....
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New Stipends from HFSC Help Fire Departments Educate Future Homebuilders, Architects and the Public about Home Fire Sprinklers

Through funding from a U.S. FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) will offer two new stipend programs to U.S. fire departments looking to increase home fire sprinkler education within their communities. One of the two stipend programs this year is a completely new concept in home fire...
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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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FEMA Grant Helps Funds Fire Sprinkler System for Wheeling’s Last Unprotected Fire Station

The Wheeling Fire Department and the Village itself have been advocates for fire sprinklers dating back to the 1980s, so it was no surprise when Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac advocated for Fire Station 23, which was built in 1978, to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers. After all, Fire Station 23 was the only one...
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Elgin Becomes 83rd Jurisdiction in Illinois to Require Home Fire Sprinklers

On October 23, the City Council of Elgin voted in favor of adopting residential fire sprinkler requirements as part of the City’s code updates. Stemming from a compromise of the International Code Council‘s model 2012 International Residential Code, all new construction one- and two-family homes and townhouses that are to be annexed into Elgin...
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New Guide Clears Up Confusion About Home Fire Sprinkler Water Supply & Usage

In communities across the U.S. and Canada, a growing number of one- and two-family homes are being built with fire sprinkler systems. But when questions and confusion arise about water supply, they can hamper installations and result in needless costs to homeowners. To answer common questions about sprinkler technology and provide detailed information about...
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Illinois Fire Departments Take Advantage of Home Fire Sprinkler Education Stipends

As part of a grant funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has been awarding $1,000 stipends to fire departments nationwide that are members of its free BUILT FOR LIFE Fire Department (BFLFD) program. The stipends are intended to boost fire department’s home fire sprinkler education efforts...
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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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Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Earns Grant: $1,000 Stipends Available for Fire Departments

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is the recipient of a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to underwrite a multifaceted U.S. educational program. The funding will help fire departments increase local activities that improve knowledge of the dangers of home fires and the value of installing home fire sprinkler systems. It will also...
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HFSC’s Built For Life Fire Department Program Expands; Awards Stipends To Fire Departments Nationwide

Last year, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) launched the Built For Life Fire Department (BFLFD) program to help fire departments with their residential fire sprinkler education efforts, thanks to funding through a 2008 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program recognizes fire departments for their proactive outreach and gives them...
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