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Implement a Fire Sprinkler Testing Program in the New Year


Are you ready to begin fire sprinkler testing in January 2017. Ensure code and ISO compliance by sending notices to building owners. A third-party inspection company can help you carry out your fire sprinkler testing program.  
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Fire Occurs in Unprotected Chicago High-Rise, Site of Fatal Fire in 2012

This morning, a fire occurred on the fourth floor of 3130 North Lake Shore Drive, the same unsprinklered residential high-rise where Shantel McCoy was killed in a 2012 fire. Following the 2012 fire, the Illinois State Fire Marshal cited the building for 19 violations, including not having a fire sprinkler system, which is required...
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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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Fatal High-Rise Fire Occurred in Building That Passed Chicago’s Life Safety Evaluation

Late Saturday night, a 70-year-old man was killed in a fire at the unsprinklered, 21-story residential high-rise located at 300 South Damen in Chicago. The fire occurred while the man, who was using an oxygen tank, was in bed in his unit on the 11th floor of West Point Plaza. Other residents on the...
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NFPA President James Shannon Retires

NFPA President James Shannon (top) will be succeeded by Jim Pauley (bottom).

This July, long-time National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) President James M. Shannon retired from his position after an incredibly successful career. Shannon served as the NFPA president since 2002, but had been with the organization for 23 years total. He joined NFPA as vice president and general counsel in 1991 after previously serving as...
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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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Illinois State Fire Marshal Withdraws Proposed Rules Containing Fire Sprinkler Requirements

On August 2nd, Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis issued a statement regarding the June 28th proposal of the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) to update Illinois’ fire safety code for the first time in more than a decade. The proposed rule to update the current 2000 edition of NFPA 101: Life...
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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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NIFSAB Concerned About Recent Home Fire Sprinkler Misinformation

Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), is working to get the facts straight about home fire sprinklers in relation to the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s June 28th filing of rule changes to update the state fire code, NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. The code update would...
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Bill Introduced to Senate Could Benefit Chicago High-Rise Owners and Residents

U.S. Senators Carper and Collins introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2013.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act (FSIA) of 2013, legislation that strengthens tax incentives for building owners to retrofit their buildings with fire sprinklers that can save lives and countless dollars in property loss from fires. If passed, this legislation is good news for...
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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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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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Illinois NFPA 13D Residential Fire Sprinkler Symposium

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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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Tragic Fire in Rockford Highlights Need for Home Fire Sprinklers, Especially for High-Risk Populations

On the morning of January 7, 2013, a tragic fire caused by a Christmas tree swept through a single-family home in Rockford, killing four people: a 10-month-old baby, 13-year-old boy, a special-needs man in his 20s, and a woman in her 60s. Two other family members were able to escape, however, they had to...
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Home Fire Fatality Occurs in Illinois’ Capital City During Fire Prevention Week

“Whenever a fire fatality occurs, it is a sad event, however, it is even more tragic when a home fire fatality occurs during national Fire Prevention Week,” says Tom Lia, executive director for the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB). Lia is referring to an early morning fire that occurred on October...
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Fire Fatality in Highland Park is Another Tragic Reminder of State’s Necessity for Updated Fire Protection Codes

In the early morning hours of Monday, September 24, a fire ravaged through a home in Highland Park, Illinois, killing one individual. By the time fire crews arrived, the roof had already collapsed and the house was a total loss. The neighboring home showed some signs of damage as well. According to an Illinois...
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Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Protect College Students from Fires by Requiring Fire Sprinklers in Illinois Dormitories

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill that protects college dormitories and students with fire sprinklers.

While September is officially recognized as National Campus Fire Safety Month, many college students in Illinois are already making the move back to their dormitories in August. On August 6, at the Chicago Fire Prevention Bureau, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed HB4757, a bill requiring fire sprinkler protection in on-campus dormitories at public and...
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State & National Legislators Witness Dramatic Displays of Fire Protection at Illinois Fire Service “Home Day”


In mid-June, over 100 leaders of the Illinois fire service converged upon Wheeling, Illinois, for Illinois Fire Service Home Day, an annual fire service event that showcases emergency response equipment and fire protection efforts. Hosted by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association of Illinois at the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Readiness Center, the...
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NFPA 25 Is Enforceable by Local Jurisdictions

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  The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OFSM) released a statement in late July stating that NFPA 25 is enforceable (and should be enforced) by local units of government. Below is the full statement:         RE:  Ability of Local Enforcers to Apply Illinois Administrative Code Requirements with Specific Attention...
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Another Successful Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit in the Books

Lane Wintermute, field director for the Residential Fire Safety Institute, presents "A Guide to Implementing a Residential Sprinkler Requirement" as the main topic at the Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit.

On June 3, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association (IFIA) and the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) hosted their ninth residential fire sprinkler summit in the last 10 years. This year’s summit was made possible by joining efforts with a FEMA grant-funded class and program from the National Association of State Fire Marshals...
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