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Video: Fire demonstration ignited at Decatur Conference Center

Video: Fire demonstration ignited at Decatur Conference Center

HUEY FREEMAN Herald & Review April 20, 2017 Decatur, Illinois DECATUR – To some of the people witnessing the two fires that were intentionally set in a hotel parking lot, it was a dramatic demonstration of the effectiveness of fire sprinklers. But for David Bartley, a maintenance electrician for the Housing Authority of Champaign...
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Alsip Fire Chief Tom Styczynski Recognized for Fire Safety Advocacy Efforts

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On the evening of March 9, Alsip Fire Chief Tom Styczynski received a special recognition award for his continued efforts to save lives and property by educating the public about the benefits of fire sprinkler protection. The nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) and the Illinois Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler...
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New Lenox Fire Protection District Appoints Dan Turner as Deputy Chief

New Lenox Fire Protection District Appoints Dan Turner as Deputy Chief

Article courtesy of a New Lenox Fire Protection District news release: On January 16th, the New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD) held a swearing in ceremony during its Board of Trustees meeting to appoint a new deputy chief and promote a fire inspector to fire marshal. Dan Turner was previously fire marshal in New...
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Fire Sprinkler Saves Evanston High-Rise Residents, Yet Again, in 2016

Photo courtesy of Google Maps Street View.

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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Fire Sprinkler System Saves Taxpayers Money in Wheaton Public Works Facility Fire

According to fire reports from November 14, the fire sprinkler system in the Wheaton Public Works facility held a fire in check that began in the bed of a dump truck in one of the maintenance garage bays. Firefighters arrived to find only minor smoldering material and smoke. As a direct result of the...
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Fire Departments Set Fires to Educate Public About Preventing Fires During Fire Prevention Month

Side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration at Moraine Valley Community College during Fire Prevention Month 2016.

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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VIDEO: Protect Your Family with Home Fire Sprinklers

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As national Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15) nears and fire departments prepare their public education activities for the weeklong event, a newly released video aims to educate homeowners about the dangers of fires in today’s homes as well as the benefits of home fire sprinklers. The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a nonprofit...
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Winnetka Works with Property Owners to Update Fire Sprinkler Ordinance, Promote Economic Development

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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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Fire Sprinkler Quickly Controls Garage Fire at Fox Lake Townhome

On May 15, 2016, a fire sprinkler controlled a fire in the garage of a four-unit townhome on Blue Springs Drive in Fox Lake, allowing the residents to escape unharmed. According to Fox Lake Fire Protection District fire officials, the fire sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading to inside the residence and the...
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Illinois Sees Surge in Youth Fire Victims and Multiple-Fatality Fires in Early 2016

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Less than four months into 2016, Illinois has already experienced five youth fire deaths in residential buildings, only one less than the total for all of 2015. Three of the most recent youth fire deaths occurred in the last week. A one-year-old Crest Hill boy died in an apartment fire on April 16 and...
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NFSA Illinois Chapter Recognizes Palatine Fire Marshal Rick Marek for ITM Enforcement

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  At the March 10th National Fire Sprinkler Association – Illinois Chapter meeting, State Coordinator Bob Tinucci and Inspections, Testing & Maintenance (ITM) Committee Chair Shaun Maher presented Palatine Fire Marshal Rick Marek with a recognition award for his commitment to enforcing the NFPA 25 ITM standard for water-based fire protection systems within his...
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Fire Sprinkler System Protects Residents and Property During Fire at Orland Park Retirement Home Fire

On the morning of April 5, 2016, a fire sprinkler system quickly controlled a fire in the basement maintenance area of Lexington Health Care retirement home in Orland Park. The fire sprinkler system activated as the fire, which was caused by a coffee maker on a shelf, spread to a desk and an adjacent...
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NFPA 13D Class is Huge Success at SBOC Spring Training Institute

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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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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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Trump Tower Fire Controlled by Fire Sprinkler System, Showing Stark Contrast from Hancock Center Fire in November

According to Chicago Fire Department reports from the morning of February 18, fire sprinklers controlled a fire in a trash compactor on the 50th floor of the Trump Tower, preventing injuries, deaths and any major damage to the building. Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, says the...
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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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Successful Activations (Spring 2016 Edition)

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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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Fire Protection Specialist Jim Schifiliti Retires

Fire Protection Specialist Jim Schifiliti Retires

On October 23, 2015, Fire Safety Consultants Inc. (FSCI) founder Jim “Jimbo” Schifiliti retired. Since founding FSCI in 1983, as a firm of fire protection specialists dedicated to providing the highest quality, code based fire protection plan review services, Jim has been the go-to source for code requirements in the fire protection industry for...
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Residential Floors of John Hancock Center Not Protected With Fire Sprinklers

Fire sprinklers could have prevented a fire from spreading on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center. According to Tom Lia, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), this is one of those situations where you have an iconic Chicago high-rise building that you might think is up...
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Fire Sprinkler Save at Rockford Apartment Building Proves Value of Fire Sprinklers in Residential Building Codes

Due to the quick response of a fire sprinkler system, no one was hurt in a fire on October 20 at the 10-unit Riverside Apartments building at 3701 Trilling Avenue in Rockford. The sprinkler system allowed residents to safely as escape as it controlled the fire, which began when a resident fell asleep with...
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Clarendon Hills Fire Chief Leahy Receives National Award for Home Fire Sprinkler Advocacy

Bringing Safety Home award recipient Chief Brian Leahy (center), along with HFSC Communications Manager Peg Paul (left) and NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia (right).

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition awarded Fire Chief Brian Leahy from the Clarendon Hills  (Illinois) Fire Department with the 2015 Bringing Safety Home Award, presented at the Fire Sprinkler Initiative Summit on October 13th in Phoenix, Arizona. The award recognizes fire service members and...
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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago City Council Must Encourage Congressional Delegation to Pass Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act to Benefit High-Rises

For the hundreds of high-rises in Chicago that have yet to comply with the city’s Life Safety Evaluation (LSE), help may be on the way from the federal government. Fire sprinklers are one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods to help buildings to pass the LSE and now they could be an even...
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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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Lockport Doesn’t Want to Gamble with Fire Safety

Lockport Doesn’t Want to Gamble with Fire Safety

The city of Lockport now offers a unique grant program to encourage the installation of fire sprinklers and smoke alarms in its historic downtown district. The grants are funded through the city’s video gaming revenues. In the initial phase, the grants will provide property owners up to $20,000 to install fire sprinkler and smoke...
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