Posts Tagged ‘ side-by-side ’

HFSC Offers $1,500 Stipends for Fire Departments Partnering with Technical/Vocational Schools

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) is offering three $1,500 stipends for fire departments to create a partnership with instructors and students at a local high school or technical/vocational school (for future homebuilders, residential architects, etc.). The purpose of the partnership will be to carry out a brief home fire sprinkler education program...
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Thousands Attend Illinois Fire Prevention Month Open Houses & Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations

Thousands Attend Illinois Fire Prevention Month Open Houses & Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations

  During Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10, 2015) and Fire Prevention Month, fire departments throughout Illinois hosted open houses, with many performing live fire sprinkler demonstrations. Thousands of Illinois residents were able to see actual fires in house-like settings, feel the heat, and see the difference fire sprinklers make in controlling or extinguishing fires....
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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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As School Year Approaches, Fire Groups Host Demonstration and Remind College Students to Check Housing for Fire Sprinklers

As School Year Approaches, Fire Groups Host Demonstration and Remind College Students to Check Housing for Fire Sprinklers

With the school year fast approaching, the Downers Grove Fire Department and nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) recently conducted a fire demonstration in a Midwestern University dormitory to emphasize the importance of fire sprinklers in college housing. The fire sprinkler demonstration was one of many evolutions of fire training completed by...
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Research: Today’s Homes Burning Faster

Research: Today’s Homes Burning Faster

The latest fire tests and research from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) indicate that home fires are burning faster and hotter than fires of the past — a growing issue for responding firefighters. While new homes have many advantages, they also present many unique fire hazards. According...
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500 Fire Service Personnel Attend Fire Prevention Week Luncheon

500 Fire Service Personnel Attend Fire Prevention Week Luncheon

On October 9, 2014, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance hosted the 73rd Annual Fire Prevention Week Luncheon to highlight and honor leaders in fire safety and burn prevention in Illinois. More than 500 fire service personnel from around the state attended the event, which coincides with Fire Prevention Week. Various awards were presented to...
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Bartlett FPD Hosts Illinois’ 500th Fire Sprinkler Demonstration

Bartlett FPD Hosts Illinois’ 500th Fire Sprinkler Demonstration

On Saturday, October 25, the Bartlett Fire Protection District hosted Illinois’ 500th fire sprinkler demonstration using the side-by-side concept. Hundreds of attendees viewed the demonstration at the fire district’s Fire Prevention Month open house. The side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration concept involves two similarly furnished rooms — one protected with a fire sprinkler and the...
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NIFSAB’s Tom Lia Now Blogging for NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), is now a contributing blogger for the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative. Lia will regularly post about the challenges and successes he experiences in Illinois. Here’s an excerpt of Tom’s first blog post: When I left the Orland Fire Protection District to...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Apply Now: $1,000 Stipends Available for Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations or Fire Sprinkler Myth PSAs

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition is asking members of its BUILT FOR LIFE Fire Department (BFLFD) program to apply for a handful of $1,000 stipends it has available for side-by-side flashover and sprinkler demonstrations and public service announcements (PSAs). The deadline to apply for both stipends has been extended until August 31, 2012. Only...
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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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Sprinklering America: We Can, We Should, and We Must

In May, the U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Academy (NFA) held the 24th annual Graduate Symposium for the Executive Fire Office Program at the NFA in Emmittsburg, Maryland. This year’s theme for the approximately 180 NFA alumni in attendance was “Sprinklering America: We Can, We Should, and We Must,” providing an emphasis on...
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Fire Departments Utilizing Fire Sprinkler Demonstrations for Fire Prevention Week Activities

This year, Fire Prevention Week (FPW), runs from Sunday, October 9, to Saturday, October 15. In line with the National Fire Protection Association‘s (NFPA) theme for this year’s FPW, “Protect Your Family from Fire,” fire departments across the nation will be visiting schools and hosting events to discuss the dangers of fire and how...
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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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Harper College Hosts Fire Sprinkler Demonstration for Student Programs

A fire that erupts in a home with no sprinkler system can blaze for critical, life-changing minutes, reducing a room to flames and smoke before firefighters can make it to the scene. Sprinklers can extinguish the blaze quickly on their own, often before emergency crews arrive. Harper College’s Fire Science Technology Department, along with...
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New Lenox FPD Performs Side-by-Side for Chamber of Commerce

On June 16, the New Lenox Fire Protection District hosted a live side-by-side demonstration* during a New Lenox Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event at the fire protection district’s Station One. Fire Marshal Dan Turner emceed the event, which demonstrated the benefits of fire sprinklered buildings and residential structures to the business community...
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Hinsdale Fire Department Transforms Home for Fire Sprinkler Demonstration

On May 17, the Hinsdale Fire Department hosted a public demonstration that displayed the effectiveness of fire sprinklers in battling a staged interior fire in an actual home in Hinsdale. With the vacant house scheduled for demolition to make way for a new house, the new owner of the property, Donald Mershon, offered the...
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Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District Burning Down (Half of) the House

When most Illinois fire departments choose to do a fire sprinkler demonstration to educate public officials and the community about the devastating effects of fire and the benefits of fire sprinklers, they choose the ever-popular side-by-side demonstration. The demonstration features two eight-by-eight-foot cubes that have been constructed and furnished to look like identical rooms...
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Normal Fire Department Hosts 300th Side-by-Side Fire Sprinkler Demonstration in Illinois

As part of its National Fire Prevention Week activities, the Normal Fire Department hosted a fire sprinkler demonstration on October 6, 2010, that was recognized as being the 300th side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration in Illinois. The demonstration included two similarly furnished rooms — one equipped with fire sprinklers and the other not. More than...
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