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March is Almost Done. Have You Started Fire Sprinkler Testing?

March is over now,    time to fully implement your NFPA 25 Water Based Fire Protection Regular Testing Program.  To obtain the latest information on fire sprinkler testing as called out in the ICC and NFPA codes, which refer to NFPA 25 go to www.firesprinklertesting.org  
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Fire Departments Set Fires to Educate Public About Preventing Fires During Fire Prevention Month

During national Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15) and Fire Prevention Month, many fire departments throughout Illinois will be taking a different approach to public fire prevention education by actually setting fires. They will set the fires as demonstrations designed to educate the public about the important life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. These...
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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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Illinois Fire Service to Set Fires, Creating Awareness for Fire Prevention Month

Although firefighters are often tasked with extinguishing fires, during the month of October members of the Illinois fire service will be starting fires to correspond with national Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10) and Fire Prevention Month. In order to educate the public about the important life- and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers, numerous Illinois...
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Following Chief Gaines’ Death, Onieal Named Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator

Following Chief Gaines’ Death, Onieal Named Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator

Dr. Denis Onieal, superintendent of the National Fire Academy for the past 20 years and former acting chief in Jersey City, has been named Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator following the death of Glenn Gaines who died in April 2015 of a heart attack while mowing his lawn. Read more information from Firehouse. NIFSAB remembers Gaines for...
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Congratulations to New Illinois Fire Inspectors Association Board Members

Congratulations to the new board members of the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association: Mike Toika, Joseph Welter, Ed Dunne, Dan Riordan, Robert Morris, and Mike Schmitt!  
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Register Now: Illinois Fire Inspectors Association Spring Conference

Register Now: Illinois Fire Inspectors Association Spring Conference

The Illinois Fire Inspectors Association (IFIA) will host its first Annual Joint Spring Conference from April 29-May 1, 2015. The conference will include education classes for both Codes & Standards and Fire & Life Safety. The conference combines the IFIA’s two most successful programs — the Fall Safety Seminar and the Public Fire &...
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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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Fire Sprinkler Advocate George Michehl (Buffalo Grove) Retires

Deputy Fire Marshal George Michehl retired in August after nine years with the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. Prior to joining the department, Michehl spent over 28 years with the Glenview Fire Department (and Glenbrook Fire Protection District). In addition to educating his local community with educational materials and side-by-side demonstrations, Michehl had been a...
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Illinois Fire Inspectors Recognize EIU for Completing Fire Sprinkler Retrofits in Residence Halls

At the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association‘s (IFIA) annual luncheon/meeting during Fire Prevention Week, the IFIA awarded Eastern Illinois University (EIU) with a Corporate Award for its proactive completion of fire sprinkler retrofits in the university’s residence halls. The IFIA’s award recognizes emergency personnel, children, young adults, adults and corporations who have greatly enhanced or...
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November 20-22: IFIA Fall Fire Safety Seminar

From Wednesday, November 20, through Friday, November 22, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association will host its annual Fall Fire Safety Seminar at Medinah Banquets in Addison. The educational event is intended for fire inspectors, building inspectors, property maintenance inspectors, engineers, architects and all other safety professionals. There will be various presentations about fire sprinklers....
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ALERT: Illinois Fire Service Predicts Severely Heightened Number of Fire Incidents Through October

Officials in the Illinois fire service are predicting a dramatic uptick in intentionally set fires in the state of Illinois through October, stating that the fires will be widespread through dozens of communities. Studies have been able to pinpoint the locations of where the fires will occur and even the dates on which they...
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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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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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Retired Fire Chief Grupp Recognized as Guest of Honor at Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

On March 6, home fire sprinkler advocate and retired fire chief of the Long Grove Fire Protection District, Dave Grupp, was featured as the guest of honor at the Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium. Twenty-five years ago, Grupp helped the Village of Long Grove pass the first NFPA 13D home fire sprinkler ordinance...
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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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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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Rick Marek Completes Presidency with Illinois Fire Inspectors Association

On December 21, 2012, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association (IFIA) hosted its holiday luncheon and swore in its new Board members, while recognizing Rick Marek for his past two years as president of the organization. Marek came to the IFIA with a successful career already under his belt. Marek joined the Palatine Fire Department...
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During National Fire Prevention Week, Live Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations Boost Educational Focus for Many Illinois Fire Departments

From October 7-13, fire departments across Illinois and the nation will host open houses and fire safety events as part of their national Fire Prevention Week (FPW) activities. Education and prevention are essential because nine out of every 10 structure fire deaths occur in the home. That’s according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection...
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November 14-16: IFIA Fall Fire Safety Seminar

From Wednesday, November 14, through Friday, November 16, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association will host its annual Fall Fire Safety Seminar at Medinah Banquets in Addison. The educational event is intended for fire inspectors, building inspectors, property maintenance inspectors, engineers, architects and all other safety professionals. On Thursday, Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board...
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Aurora Fire Inspector Wolding Retires After 28 Years of Service

After 28 years of service to the Aurora Fire Department, Fire Inspector Marty Wolding served his final day in June 2012. Wolding was a strong proponent for fire sprinklers during his tenure. In May 2010, Wolding and Fire Chief Hal Carson successfully drove the efforts to pass a residential fire sprinkler ordinance, which requires...
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Governor and Legislators View Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations at Illinois State Fair

At the Illinois State Fair in mid-August, Governor Pat Quinn and 25 other State Representatives and Senators visited a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer to witness fire sprinkler activations first-hand. After witnessing the live fire sprinkler demonstration, Governor Quinn stated, “We want fire sprinklers throughout the State of Illinois.” The fire sprinkler demonstrations were conducted...
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Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator: Flashover & Residential Fire Sprinklers

In an article from Fire Engineering magazine, “Time Out — Out of Time: Flashover and Residential Sprinklers,” Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn A. Gaines asks the fire service to reconsider the assumption that residents have about five minutes until flashover during house fires. Here’s a brief excerpt: Recently there has been much discussion in...
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