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CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities

Thanks to Emergency Management Alliance for sending this information: On May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire. The new guidelines apply to hospitals; long-term-care (LTC) facilities; critical access...
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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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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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Berwyn Fire Department’s Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Pays Off in Apartment Building Fire

Berwyn Fire Department’s Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Pays Off in Apartment Building Fire

By Fire Chief Denis O’Halloran and Battalion Chief Mario Manfredini, Berwyn Fire Department A cooperative effort between departments in Berwyn recently kept our residents safe, avoiding a total loss for a property owner and keeping a property on our tax rolls. As a preface to this story, Berwyn does NOT have any locally adopted...
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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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It Takes Two: Smoke Alarms and Fire Sprinklers in Public Education Outreach

“This smoke alarm could have prevented this fire death,” said past fire chiefs as they held up the fire safety device for reporters. When fire officials make such powerful statements immediately following a major fire, especially if an occupant suffered a burn injury or was killed, they get the full attention of the public....
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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 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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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. 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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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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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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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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President’s Report from 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo

For those that were not able to attend the 2012 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo, below is an excerpt from the president’s report given by NFPA President Jim Shannon. Shannon discusses the benefits of the age of the internet and digital technology, but also notes how it puts NFPA’s code development...
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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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