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Setting An Example: Lemont Fire Protection District Retrofits Stations with Sprinklers

In order to lead by example within the community it serves, the Lemont Fire Protection District is taking on an important initiative inside its own doors. The fire district plans to have fire sprinklers installed in all its fire stations. The newest of the Lemont Fire Protection District’s four fire stations, Fire Station #4,...
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Ed Kadlec, Jr, C.L Doucette Retrofits his Wood Dale Home

The city of Wood Dale has had an ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in new construction single-family homes since May 2012. Now, the city also has its first existing home to be retrofitted with fire sprinklers. The home is owned by Ed Kadlec, Jr., president of fire protection contractor C.L. Doucette, and his wife, Penny....
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Fire Sprinkler Saves Evanston High-Rise Residents, Yet Again, in 2016

On December 20, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a fire after a stovetop burner was left on and ignited nearby boxes of food in a residence at The Mather, a 10-story senior living facility in Evanston. According to fire officials, no one was injured and over $150,000 in damage was prevented thanks to the...
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Fire Sprinklers Prevent Major Fire at Lawson House YMCA Residential High-Rise

On November 18, fire sprinklers controlled and extinguished a fire in a trash compactor room at the Lawson House YMCA at 30 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The 24-story residential high-rise, which was built in 1934, is the largest single-room occupancy supportive housing facility in the Midwest with nearly 600 apartment...
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Winnetka Works with Property Owners to Update Fire Sprinkler Ordinance, Promote Economic Development

Property owners of older buildings in Winnetka have a new incentive to install fire sprinklers in their buildings. In an effort to work with building owners and encourage economic development, the village created a rebate program for older buildings that must retrofit fire sprinklers when there is a change of occupancy use. The program...
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Retrofitted Fire Sprinkler System Saves Cook County Residential High-Rise in Evanston

Retrofitted Fire Sprinkler System Saves Cook County Residential High-Rise in Evanston

On March 12, 2016, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in an apartment unit on the top floor of the Housing Authority of Cook County’s Perlman Apartments high-rise in Evanston. The tenant, who is wheelchair-bound, and her daughter were both asleep at the time of the fire. An estimated $200,000 was saved...
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Video: Fire Sprinklers Save Lives in High-Rises

Have you ever stopped to think about how safe a residential high-rise building would be in the event of a fire? If it doesn’t include fire sprinklers, the answer is simple: it’s not safe enough. Residents of high-rises without fire sprinkler systems are much more likely to die in a fire, and those fortunate...
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Successful Activations (Spring 2016 Edition)

Download a sprinkler save report to record your fire department’s latest successful fire sprinkler activations.   May 2016   Townhome Fox Lake Fire Protection District A fire sprinkler controlled a fire in the garage of a four-unit townhome, allowing the residents to escape unharmed by preventing the fire from spreading to inside the residence...
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Historic Lombard Chapel Fire Highlights Need for Fire Sprinklers

On August 3, 2015, a fire occurred at Maple Street Chapel, an 1870s-era chapel in Lombard. At one time, the historic church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was home to Lombard’s first village meetings and the village’s first library The fire occurred when a member of the chapel’s preservation...
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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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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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Through Fire District Program, Retired Fire Official Retrofits Home with Fire Sprinklers

Tom Harnsberger, a retired fire chief and current treasurer for the Carroll Fire Protection District, recently retrofitted his home with a fire sprinkler system thanks to a homeowner incentive program through the fire protection district. The Carroll Fire Protection District set up the incentive program through authorization by Illinois Public Act 095-0800, which allows...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fire Sprinklers Modernize Sisters of St. Joseph Grounds in La Grange Park

The Sisters of St. Joseph have called La Grange Park home since the early 1900s and have been in the buildings of what is now called the Congregation of St. Joseph Ministry Center since the 1960s. The complex contains four interconnected buildings: a six-story mixed-use building with offices and residences; a single-story common building...
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When Des Plaines Schools Are Out For Summer, Fire Sprinklers Are In

Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62 has deep-rooted history in its buildings. The earliest constructed building, South, was built over three-quarters of a century ago in 1934 during the Great Depression. As the population in the area grew over the next three decades, 10 additional educational facilities were built: Orchard Place, North, Algonquin,...
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Wilmington Fire Protection District Staff Protected by Fire Sprinklers

Originally constructed in 1990, the firehouse for the Wilmington Fire Protection District was built with a narrow budget. The exterior of the L-shaped building was clad in a metal shell and the interior was completed by the fire district’s membership. Protecting the firehouse with a fire sprinkler system was not even a consideration at...
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